Sustainability Skill Workshops are focused on practical skill-building along with applied knowledge, to improve understanding in the practice of sustainability, and advance career readiness. There are currently 7 workshops planned for Spring 2019 Semester.

  • 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.  
  • Any pre-requisites will be noted and transportation, if needed, is provided.
  • A small fee is sometimes charged to cover materials and guest instructors, and will be indicated in the listing. 
  • Workshops are either all or half day and combine in-class concepts with hands on practice whenever possible. 
  • Priority is given to enrolled CU Boulder students. Staff, faculty, and alums are admitted on a space available basis, just prior to the date, for a fee. (Please contact us).   

SPRING 2019 UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

  • Grantwriting for Sustainability with Annie Shattuck Friday, January 25, 1pm - 5pm. FREE. Enrolling soon. 

  • Advanced Mycology and Mushroom Growing with Alex Albu of GrowHaus - Friday, February 1, 1pm - 5 pm. FREE. Enrolling soon. Pre-requisite: Introduction to Mycology and Mushroom Growing. 

​Learn more about the incredible world of mycology and mushroom growing from the GrowHaus mushroom farmer! This workshop focuses on the ecology of cultivated edible mushrooms, and their role in sustainable food systems.

  • Introduction to Interpretive Guiding with Parker McMullenBushman of Butterfly Pavilion Friday, February 22 1pm - 5pm. FREE. Enrolling soon. 

Get ready for a fun and interactive afternoon. If you would like to work at parks, zoos, museums, nature centers, aquariums, etc or for tour and cruise companies helping visitors connect with our natural or cultural heritage this workshop is for you! Through interactive group activities, demonstrations, and presentation you will learn what it mean to be a cultural interpreter and the skills and knowledge you will need to be successful on the job. You will also learn about the Certified Interpretive Guide program and how you can receive more training to develop the skills to become a stellar interpreter. 

  • Carbon Farming and Soil Fertility with Kelly Simmons - Friday, March 1, 1pm - 5 pm. FREE. Enrolling soon 

Are you interested in Climate Change solutions? Have you heard the hopeful and inspiring news about soil carbon sequestration through composting and other land based practices and want to know more? Come learn more about regenerative land care, soil carbon and the impacts of soil stewardship on carbon sequestration, including the basics of carbon sequestration techniques of compost, mulch, intensive rotational grazing, biochar, no-till agriculture, and agroforestry. An opportunity to make and take home  your own vermi-compost system suitable for landless living (such as apartments) is included.

  • LEED Green Associate Exam Prep with Lorne Mlotek of Leading Green - Friday, March 8, 1pm - 5 pm. $150. Enrolling soon 

People can become LEED certified professionals, just as buildings can be LEED certified, and this course will prepare you for the entry-level LEED Green Associate certification exam. LEED certification is an important credential for many sustainability careers and the GA credential is the first step. This workshop will cover an in-depth overview of LEED including all topics covered on the exam and a focus on heavily weighted topics, how to register, prepare for, and pass the LEED GA exam, and will include mock exams and a study guide. (LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Some enrollment discounts are available. Check with your department. 

  • Introduction to Beekeeping with Tracy Bellehumeur of Bee Chicas - Friday, April 5, 1pm - 5 pm. FREE. Enrolling soon 

  • Basics of Colorado Gardening with Kelly Simmons - Friday, April 12, 1pm - 5 pm. FREE. Enrolling soon​

Join us for this introduction to gardening in the high mountain, arid west aimed at students, and learn techniques for successfully raising food and flowers. This workshop includes techniques for building soil fertility, garden planning, seed and seed starting tips, container gardening, plant selection and planting tips and caring for your garden through the season. Learn to read seed packets knowledgeably and plant and take home 2 plantable pots of seeds to start your spring garden!  

 

PAST WORKSHOPS: 

FALL 2018

  • Introduction to Mycology and Mushroom Growing - This workshop focused on the ecology of cultivated edible mushrooms, and their role in agriculture and soil health, including the basics of edible mushroom growing techniques at home, types of mushrooms, what they need and how to care for them. 
  • Principles and Approaches of Environmental Education - This workshop explored the fundamentals of theory and practice in environmental education and guided students in developing a working knowledge of environmental education goals, approaches and career opportunities. It included applying new knowledge toward starting a professional portfolio to be submitted to Colorado Alliance for Environmental Educator Certification program 
  • Basics of Sustainable Behavior Change -  This workshop focused on behavior change models and how to use this understanding of human behavior to successfully implement sustainability initiatives towards changing people's behavior. The research-backed framework and tools of Community Based Social Marketing were featured. 

SPRING 2018

  • Introduction to Mycology and Mushroom Growing - This workshop focused on the ecology of cultivated edible mushrooms, and their role in agriculture and soil health, including the basics of edible mushroom growing techniques at home, types of mushrooms, what they need and how to care for them. Innoculation of a medium with an edible mushroom spawn that to take home and care for was included.
  • GIS for Sustainability Part 1 and Part 2 -  This series of workshops included an introduction to the use of GIS for beginners, including a working understanding of spatial data, tools and resources and how best to use them, as well as the practice and art of GIS spatial tools in sustainability. Interpretation and outputs of spatial information and the most effective avenues for continuing management of data was covered and case studies with 3 working sustainability oriented GIS professionals was included. A certificate of completion was awarded to everyone who completed both workshops. 
  • 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. 

FALL 2017

  • 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.
  • Introduction to Beekeeping - This workshop focused on the incredible world of the bee, how to care for bees and how to encourage the multiple benefits of pollination and honey production in your backyard with Backyard Hive instructor Corwin Bell. This workshop focused on how to keep European honeybees as a backyard hobby, including types of hives, what bees need, and caring for a hive. 
  • Introduction to Carbon Emissions Inventory - This Workshop focused 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.
  • Advanced Carbon Emissions Accounting - Forecasting and Reductions - This Workshop focused on the second part of Greenhouse Gas Accounting.  Hands on skills building in calculating carbon reductions from various initiatives and forecasting emissions growth from organizational growth was included. Pre-requisite was Intro to Carbon Emissions Inventory. Participants completing both workshops received a certificate in Greenhouse Gas Accounting. 

SPRING 2017 

  • Carbon Emissions Inventory - This Workshop focused 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.

​FALL 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.