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 4 workshops planned for Spring 2018 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. 

SPRING 2018 UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

  • Mycology and Mushroom Growing with Brian Barzee - Friday, January 26 from 12:30 pm to 5 pm. FREE. Enroll HERE.

​Learn about the incredible world of mycology and mushroom growing! This workshop focuses on the ecology of cultivated edible mushrooms, and their role in agriculture and soil health.  We will cover the basics of edible mushroom growing techniques at home, including types of mushrooms, what they need and how to care for them. An introduction to methods for using fungi for soil and landscape remediation (myco remediation) is also planned. Innoculation of a medium with an edible mushroom spawn that you can take home and care for is included. 

  • GIS for Sustainability (Part 1) with Paul Lander and Mehdi Heris - Friday, March 9 12:30 - 5. Fee: $50.00 Enroll HERE

This is the first in a two part series to introduce GIS mapping for environmental and sustainability professionals. Come learn what GIS is all about, and how it can help you in a career, as well as what spatial data is available to you as an environmentalist or sustainability professional and more. Gain 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. 

Those who complete both GIS workshops will receive a Certificate in GIS for Sustainability from the Environmental Center. 

  • GIS for Sustainability (Part 2) with Paul Lander and Mehdi Heris plus guests - Friday, March 16 12:30 - 5 Fee: $50.00 Enroll HERE

This is the second in a two part series on GIS mapping for environmental and sustainability professionals. Come gain a working understanding of interpretation and outputs of spatial information and the most effective avenues for continuing management of data. This workshop includes case studies with 2 working GIS professionals. Phil Segura of Denver Water will discuss spatial information for better water management and Ian Hanou of PlanIt Geo will discuss measuring and managing data for healthy urban forests. Students must bring their own laptop to this workshop. Everyone will access and download basic GIS working tools.  

Pre-requisite is the Part 1 workshop above
Students who complete BOTH of the GIS for Sustainability workshops will receive a Certificate in GIS for Sustainability from the CU Environmental Center. 

  • Basics of Colorado Gardening with Kelly Simmons - Friday, April 13 from 12:30 - 5 pm. FREE. Enroll HERE

This introductory workshop will focus on understanding the needs and requirements of a variety of culinary and edible plants in the high desert mountain West, and includes techniques for building soil, garden planning, seed selection, seed starting tips and scheduling, planting tips and caring for edible plants in the garden. Participants will learn to plan a garden, read seed packets and plant 2 pots of seeds to take home and nurture for their own garden. 


PAST WORKSHOPS: 

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.