Sustainability Skills Workshops

These applied learning workshops are focused on skill-building along with applied information to improve your understanding in the practice of sustainability. Most workshops are aimed at newcomers and beginners with little to no experience. More advanced offerings will be indicated. Students may participate in any number of these events, from one to as many as you have time for. There are currently 3 workshops planned for Spring 2017 Semester.  There are no prerequisites to participate and transportation, if needed, is provided.

Workshops are either all or half day and open to ALL enrolled CU Boulder students. Workshops combine short in-class concepts with hands on practice whenever possible. 

FALL 2017 UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

  • Graywater System Design - October 7
  • Introduction to Beekeeping - October 20
  • Introduction to Carbon Emissions Inventory - October 27
  • Advanced Carbon Emissions Planning: Forecasting and Emissions Reduction - November 10

PAST WORKSHOPS: 

SPRING 2017

  • Carbon Emissions Inventory - This Workshop focuses on the first part of Greenhouse Gas Accounting, known as a Carbon Emissions Inventory, and included an introduction to the international standard for Greenhouse Gas Accounting - The Greenhouse Gas Protocol - and its principles and requirements. Hands-on skill building included assessing and calculating a baseline of carbon emissions for a household including  3 scopes of carbon, setting organizational and operational boundaries, converting the Kyoto 6 greenhouse gases to carbon dioxide equivalents and more.
  • Basics of Building Soil Fertility and Carbon Farming - This workshop focused on the efficacy and skill of building soil fertility and the impacts of carbon sequestration from these efforts, including an introduction to the basics of building soil fertility through soil stewardship and increasing organic matter, and the carbon sequestration techniques of compost, mulch, holistic range management, biochar, and agroforestry. Hands on practice in building compost and worm bins was included.  
  • Basics of Colorado Gardening - This introductory course included understanding the needs and requirements of a variety of culinary and edible plants in the high desert mountain West, and included techniques for building soil, garden planning, seed selection, seed starting tips and scheduling, planting tips and caring for edible plants in the garden. Participants learned to read seed packets and planted 2 pots of seeds to take home and nurture for their own garden.

SPRING 2016

  • Graywater System Design - This workshop focused on how to reuse water from bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines, including common and popular greywater systems, soap and product considerations, design criteria,  building codes and career opportunities with instructors from Colorado Graywater. The workshop included hands-on experience installing a demo greywater system from a washing machine for landscape irrigation.
  •  Fundamentals of Environmental Education - This engaging half-day workshop guided students in developing a working knowledge of environmental education goals, approaches, and career opportunities. Small and large group activities were used to apply new knowledge towards starting a professional portfolio that can eventually be submitted to Colorado's Environmental Educator Certification program. This mini-workshop is designed for students interested in learning more about the field environmental education. Students completing the workshop received a resume-building letter of completion, information on further training, and access to a network of environmental education professionals across Colorado.
  • Sustainable Greenhouse Design - This full-day greenhouse immersion workshop dove into smart greenhouse design with instructors from Ceres Greenhouses. Topics included how to design a super-efficient greenhouse using passive solar strategies, designing and using a climate battery to optimize growing year-round in hard-to-grow climates, powering your greenhouse off-grid, growing advice and greenhouse building plans.  The workshop included a tour of a tropical commercial solar greenhouse located at The Golden Hoof Farm (designed by architect Alice Starek). Participants also received building designs and plans for a backyard energy-efficient greenhouse. 
  • Basics of Colorado Gardening - This introductory course included understanding the needs and requirements of a variety of culinary and edible plants in the high desert mountain West, and included techniques for building soil, garden planning, seed selection, seed starting tips and scheduling, planting tips and caring for edible plants in the garden. Participants learned to read seed packets and planted 2 pots of seeds to take home and nurture for their own garden.