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 Fall 2017 Semester.  There are typically no prerequisites to participate unless a workshop is advanced, and transportation, if needed, is provided. A small fee is sometimes charged to cover materials. 

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

FALL 2017 UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

  • Greywater System Design - with Avery Ellis - Saturday, October 7 from 10 am to 5 pm. FREE. Enroll HERE.

​This workshop focuses 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 includes hands-on experience installing a demo greywater system from a residential shower for landscape irrigation.

  • Introduction to Beekeeping with Corwin Bell - Friday, October 20 from 12:30 - 5 pm. FREE. Enroll HERE

Learn about 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 focuses on how to keep European honeybees as a backyard hobby, including types of hives, what bees need, and caring for a hive. An opportunity to see a working hive is planned, weather permitting. 

  • Introduction to Carbon Emissions Inventory with Kelly Simmons - Friday, October 27 from 3 - 7 pm. Pre-requisite for Advanced Carbon Emissions Planning. Fee: $25.00 Enroll HERE.

This Workshop focuses on the first part of Greenhouse Gas Accounting, known as a Carbon Emissions Inventory, and includes an introduction to the international standard for Greenhouse Gas Accounting - The Greenhouse Gas Protocol - and its principles and requirements. Hands-on skill building includes 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 Planning: Forecasting Emissions Reduction with Dave Newport - December 8 from 2 - 6 pm. Fee: $25.00 Enroll HERE

This Workshop focuses on the second part of Greenhouse Gas Accounting. Once we have a baseline, we need to plan and forecast initiatives to reduce emissions while also taking into account possible growth in emissions over time. Hands on skills building in calculating carbon reductions from various initiatives and forecasting emissions growth from organizational growth will be included. Pre-requisite is Intro to Carbon Emissions Inventory, either the Spring 2017 offering or the workshop above

Students who complete BOTH of the Greenhouse Gas Accounting workshops (including the Introductory workshop offered in Spring 2017) will receive a Certificate in Greenhouse Gas Accounting from the CU Environmental Center. 

SPRING 2018 UPCOMING WORKSHOPS (tentative)

  • GIS for Sustainability (2 part series with Certificate)

  • Introduction to Mycology and Mushroom Growing
  • Basics of Colorado Gardening

 


PAST WORKSHOPS: 

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.