CESR prepares future leaders to confront the social, environmental and economic challenges faced by modern business by working with other Leeds School of Business departments and programs to develop and deliver sustainability content across the curriculum.
The Leeds School’s overarching goal with its sustainability initiatives is to educate and inspire students to become values-driven leaders who create sustainable businesses and develop innovative models that transform how we do business in all sectors. Ranked #6, Leeds has been recognized as one of the top 10 undergraduate programs for sustainability education.
The CU-Boulder campus is among the top in the nation for its sustainability, conservation focus, and environmental stewardship as featured on its sustainability website devoted to its sustainability goals at CU, both short and long term. The campus' short-term goal is to achieve the Governor's “Greening of the State Government” executive order, setting targets for energy and water reductions, attaining zero waste and reducing petroleum consumption. CU-Boulder’s long term goal aims for a carbon neutral campus.
Some of the projects being implemented across campus include:
Renovated Residence Halls - The new Kittredge Residence halls have a focus on sustainability as they comprise a number of ‘green’ features to improve water and energy efficiency and to reduce the campus’s carbon footprint. The residence halls use 33-45 percent less energy than other buildings of similar size and function. They feature low-flow plumbing, efficient lighting, efficient heating/cooling systems and much more. To add to the sustainable nature of the two buildings, they were constructed using more than 25 percent recycled materials.
CU Green Labs - Promotes the efficient use of energy, water, and materials in laboratories without compromising the safety of individuals or the quality of research.
Buff Energy Star Program – A voluntary program to showcase, recognize, and reward building proctors that reduce energy waste and improve efficiency with the assistance of the Office of Sustainability & Facilities staff.
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. This project brings in resources from students and teachers to integrate sustainability into CU outside of the classroom through workshops and centers. CESR Instructor Scott Gwozdz regularly participates in the P2P Project.
The CU Environmental Center provides sustainability training programs, transportation support such as bike stations and carpooling resources, energy hotlines for suggestions to conserve energy, a recycling program that is one of the best in the country, zero waste events and more. The Center sponsors the annual Front Range Bioneers Conference which features networking, music and arts, field trips, workshops and keynotes addressing regional and community sustainable solutions. The Center has also issued a variety of publications relating to campus sustainability.
To learn more about CESR's commitment to education about sustainability, we invite you to read from a selection of stories harvested from CESR's blog, below.