Peak to Peak Project
Part of CU's commitment to a sustainable future, the Peak to Peak (P2P) Project provides faculty with forward thinking resources to formidably integrate themes of sustainability throughout the curriculum at the University of Colorado Boulder and beyond.
P2P is principally motivated by the needs and desires of the teaching faculty on campus to weave in tenets of sustainability; such a mission, however, clearly invokes initiatives outside the immediate classroom. P2P therefore comprises a network of individuals (faculty, researchers, students, facilities management) and initiatives (centers, institutes) on campus all seeking to integrate sustainability into the larger learning environment at CU.
Opportunities to become involved with P2P are several, depending on your orientation, desires, and needs. Below are some active initiatives and resources within the CU community that further this collective mission:
The foundation of P2P was the inaugural workshop held at the beginning of the 2011-12 academic year. The two-day workshop brought together faculty from all ranks with students and representatives from facilities management.
The central purpose was to engage in networking opportunities, discussions, and exercises to assist faculty stay current in content and pedagogy in matters relating their respective disciplines to issues of sustainability. What resulted was exciting and enthusiastic learning that allowed diverse faculty from all corners of campus to bond over teaching about sustainability.
- Student engagement and leadership opportunities in recycling/zero waste, energy/climate, sustainable transportation, environmental justice, and related student-led operational and service programs.
- The Earth Education and Teach for Sustainability internship (3 credit hours) for ENVS/Education majors where scores of undergrads teach environmental modules in BVSD K-12 schools.
- A non-credit Sustainability Certificate program that allows community members and students to round out their sustainability training in narrowly defined areas. See the Sustainable Practices Program (SPP) at sustainable.colorado.edu.
The Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) is an accepted set of higher education sustainability metrics used to frame educational and campus sustainability efforts. CU-Boulder was the first campus to win a Gold rating under this accreditation. CU’s STARS data can be viewed at https://stars.aashe.org/institutions/university-of-colorado-at-boulder-co/report/2010-11-09.
Continuing Education provides educational videos and resources for citizens who want to learn about climate change and how the choices we make each day affect the planet. In the video series, scientists explain how climate change is affecting our state, while citizens share stories and solutions.
The Program for Writing and Rhetoric currently situates sustainability as an overarching theme to orient student writing assignments in the majority of their courses.
Residential Academic Programs
The RAP programs at CU-Boulder aim to deliver a seamless educational experience for undergraduate students. Three RAPS help bridge sustainable/environmental themes with academic experiences with other aspects of their lives
- Social Entrepreneurship for Equitable Development and Sustainability RAP
Bringing together students from across all disciplines to study a variety of entrepreneurial practices that foster social innovation.
- Sustainable by Design RAP
Providing students enrolled in any course of study the opportunity to live in a creative, sustainable living environment while earning academic credit for their degree.
- Baker RAP
Offering interdisciplinary curriculum in the natural sciences, pre-health, and environmental studies.
Sustainability Syndicate at Leeds
A network of researchers, instructors and centers within the Leeds School of Business who further the common agenda within Leeds and beyond.
Provides valuable information on sustainability related performance of everything from campus operations, existing buildings, recycling, etc. They track the campus' annual performance on these issues and invest in resource conservation and renewable energy for both new and existing buildings on our campus. Facilities Management is an invaluable resource to weave into classes as assignments or possible guest appearances.
For more information on P2P or to share other aligned initiatives at CU-Boulder, please contact Kevin J. Krizek (Krizek@colorado.edu), Sustainability Education Outreach Coordinator.