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 Leeds Social Impact Consultants and the Gold Chapter of the Net Impact Club partner with CESR to promote Leeds’ focus on sustainability.

Sustainability Initiatives at the University of Colorado Boulder

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.


CESR Stories about 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.

Michael Leeds, CESR, PRME

The UN drafts a road map for the future of business education

July 14, 2017

Business, management schools and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) convened at the 2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education – 10 Years of PRME, of the UN-supported Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, held at UN Headquarters and Fordham University in New York City from 18-19 July 2017. Here, they... Read more »
Geoie Writer

Gratitude to two esteemed board members

July 10, 2017

This summer the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) bids a fond farewell to retiring board members Terri Bourne and Geoie Writer. Terri Bourne, Risk and Assurance Manager at Shell Ethics & Compliance Office, Royal Dutch Shell PLC For two of her three years of membership, Terri Bourne chaired... Read more »
FGX Germany

Students explore ethical business in Germany

July 3, 2017

Don Oest, faculty member at the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR), along with Andrea Straccia, director of Leeds Residential Academic Program (RAP), took 28 Leeds freshmen to Germany to explore the operation and culture of global businesses. The trip focused on ethics, efficiency, expansion and social responsibility as... Read more »
Kimbal Musk

Getting to the Core of Real Food with Kimbal Musk at the 7th Annual Conscious Capitalism Conference

May 8, 2017

Kimbal Musk, Co-founder of The Kitchen Students, faculty and community members made up the sold out crowd at the 7 th annual Conscious Capitalism Conference on food security. Hosted by the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR), the event featured a variety of panels and talks, with Kimbal Musk,... Read more »
Lorna Christoff

A CESR Winner in Diversity and Inclusiveness

May 5, 2017

Lorna Christoff, one of the Center for Education on Social Responsibility’s (CESR) popular faculty members, has been recognized with the Faculty/Staff Impact Award. The honor is presented by the Office of Diversity Affairs (ODA) and the Multicultural Business Student Association (MBSA) at the Leeds School of Business to a staff... Read more »

CESR Project Inspires Student’s Career in Urban Farming

May 3, 2017

Last fall, Graham Hankin explored aquaponics for a sustainability paper in his Business Applications of Social Responsibility course, offered by the Center for Education for Social Responsibility (CESR) at the Leeds School of Business. With that, his interest was sparked and since then the junior Leeds student has embarked on... Read more »
Liz Stapp, Center for Education on Social Responsibility

CESR Faculty Member a Finalist for Teaching Excellence

April 17, 2017

The Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) is proud to announce that CESR instructor Liz Stapp has been named one of three finalists for the 2017 Joseph L. Frascona Teaching Excellence Award. The award winner will be announced at the Leeds Recognition Ceremony at the Coors Event Center May... Read more »
Conscious Capitalism Conference 2017

​Examining Food Security Issues from the Planet to Pearl Street

April 5, 2017

With 870 million people around the world without physical, social, or economic access to a sufficient supply of nutritious and safe food, establishing global food security is important to hundreds of millions of hungry people, to the sustainable economic growth of affected nations, and to the long-term economic prosperity of... Read more »
Dee Perry

Gratitude to Dee Perry

March 29, 2017

Last fall the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) said goodbye and thank you to an outstanding advisory board member who dedicated herself to the growth of CESR and its students. Dee Perry It’s inspiring to see how impactful Dee Perry’s tenure on CESR’s board has been over the... Read more »

The Promise of the Circular Economy: A special event

March 29, 2017

The Conference on World Affairs presents The Promise of the Circular Economy , a panel session co-sponsored by the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) at the Leeds School of Business and the Boulder Chamber. April 12, 2017 5:30-7:30pm in Koelbel S125, Leeds School of Business Followed by a... Read more »