28th Annual Campus Sustainability Summit and Awards Ceremony

Thursday, April 22, 2021   |  Virtual Town Hall, 12-2pm MDT

Celebrate - Act - Connect

The Campus Sustainability Summit (CSS) is an annual information-sharing forum which features updates and strategic discussions on engagement, academics, and operations sustainability initiatives. Learn more about and contribute to the latest innovative developments in the legacy of sustainability at CU Boulder.

In collaboration with campus partners, CU Environmental Center has produced a Campus Sustainability Summit annually or semi-annually since 1994 for the campus community. The Campus Sustainability Summit and the Awards program are sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Infrastructure and Sustainability, and the CUSG Environmental Center. The Summit is and open to all CU Boulder students, faculty, and staff and community members.

2021 Campus Sustainability Summit Agenda

  • 12:00pm  Welcome - Molly Frommelt CUSG President
    Watch Welcome

  • 12:10pm  “Moving Forward on CU’s Climate Leadership” - Chancellor Phil DiStefano
    Chancellor's Call to Action on Climate Change Text and Video
  • 12:20pm  "The Great Reset: Learning from the Past and Rising to Meet the Future" Perspectives from Campus Leaders
    With a legacy of campus leadership and innovations, campus leaders will explore what success looks like from their vantage points, how the campus can practice resilience and use the lessons learned from the challenges of the past year, and where we can have impact moving forward.  A series of short presentations followed by discussion.
  • 1:00pm  Campus Sustainability Awards 
    The 24th annual awards program recognizes outstanding individuals and departments who demonstrate a sincere commitment to continuing the CU Boulder tradition of leadership and student participation in campus sustainability.  Awardees exhibit innovation that directly reduces the University's ecological footprint, enhances social cohesion and equity in the campus community, and/or integrates sustainability into the culture of Boulder and our local communities. Presented by: JB Banks, David Kang, Jim White, Claudius Mundoma
    Watch the 2021 Campus Sustainability Awards
  • 1:20pm  "Buffs Striving for Sustainability: A Focus on Justice, Equity and Health Initiatives" Panel Discussion
    This panel discussion explores the social justice dimensions of sustainability and features a few of the campus initiatives which are advancing justice, equity and health.  Learn about the creative strategies being used by CU’s change-makers, the challenges they grapple with, and how the CU community can be engaged. Panelists include:
  • 1:55pm  "CU's Sustainability Future?" Closing Remarks - Dave Newport, Director, CU Environmental Center
    Watch Summit closing
    Captioning:  Machine-generated closed captions will be available on the webinar recording after the event has been posted. Please contact the ADA office by Friday, April 16 to request ASL or real-time captioning accommodations.

Campus Sustainability Summit Archives

April 2020 Agenda and Virtual Town Hall Recording

April 2019 Agenda

April 2018 

2017 Campus Sustainability Summit Agenda 

2015 Campus Sustainability Summit Agenda

December 2016 Agenda