|June 9, 2021
University of Denver
PRE-2: Points of Distinction
Name of the institution’s featured sustainability program, initiative, or accomplishment:
A brief description of the institution’s featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
Beginning with an interdisciplinary class in the law school, the campus solar project involved support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and a key partnership with Colorado State University. Construction began in May 2019, on a 2.1 MW system distributed across 18 roofs, projected to supply 7% of total electricity consumption, and financed in a way that the University retains all the Renewable Energy Credits. This project will also further goals of utilizing campus as a lab, providing real time energy data.
Which of the following impact areas does the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Coordination & Planning
Website URL where more information about the accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
A photograph or document associated with the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
Name of a second highlighted sustainability program/initiative/accomplishment:
A brief description of the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
At DU we believe that “sustainability” means working together to create a world where ecosystems and societies can thrive. DU Grand Challenges (DUGC) recognizes that communities thrive when each of has what we need to fully live, work, and participate in the social fabric that holds us all together. DUGC brings faculty, staff, students and regional community leaders together to advance this vision through community-university conversations and partnerships for the public good.
The DUGC Urban Sustainability Cohort is one of DUGC’s four collective impact cohorts in which faculty, staff and students partner with community leaders from the public, private, and civic sectors to improve daily life, now and in the future. Each cohort aims to increase the number of faculty, staff, and students engaged in community-based scholarship, increase the number of community partners actively engaged with DU, and increase the strength of existing community-university partnerships.
The Urban Sustainability Cohort builds on DU’s long history of building community partnerships to advance the public good with a focus on five key prototype initiatives, each intended to contribute to one unifying result:
The Denver region supports just, inclusive and thriving communities where people and nature flourish.
Which impact areas does the second program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Coordination & Planning
Diversity & Affordability
Website URL where more information about the second program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the second program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
A photograph or document associated with the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
Name of a third highlighted program/initiative/accomplishment:
A brief description of the third program/initiative/accomplishment:
The sustainability internship forms the backbone of all the work that the Center for Sustainability undertakes. Graduate Fellows from a variety of disciplines oversee program areas such as waste, energy, food and gardens, and mobility. Undergraduate program leaders take charge of individual programs, including the DU Food Pantry, Zero Waste Athletics, the REPS program, Programming and Event Planning leads, a Bike Shop Manager and the DU Gear Garage Manager. Other undergraduate interns support these programs, learn more about the sustainability field, assist with event planning and prepare to take on a leadership role in future years.
Which impact areas does the third program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Food & Dining
Website URL where more information about the third program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the third program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
A photograph or document associated with the third program/initiative/accomplishment:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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