SILC develops the knowledge, capacity, partnerships, technology, and diverse workforce to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable world and educates the next generation of researchers, communicators, and innovators who will lead this change. SILC supports scholars and students engaged in impact-oriented research, education, and service in order to improve the success and sustainability of human activities.
SILC is an interdisciplinary and solution-oriented center that supports diverse projects and educational programs linked by a common focus on issues in sustainability and the environment. SILC’s impact-oriented research includes engineering, physical and natural sciences, social science, social justice, psychology, humanities, business, law, computer science and other disciplines. Check out Our Work to learn more about our current initiatives and collaborations.
SILC values excellence individually and collectively toward our mission in order to collaborate with purpose, challege and support each other to reach our highest potential, and to celebrate our accomplishments together. We pursue diversity and inclusion to maximize SILC's potential in an empowering environment. These values build upon the campus' Colorado Creed, which charges all members of CU Boulder to interact with each other with integrity, respect differences, and contribute to the well-being of the entire community.
SILC continues to thrive in its pursuit of impact-oriented research dollars, a critical factor in leveraging the Center’s ability to fulfill its mission toward improving livelihoods and accelerating sustainability of human activities. Our primary orientation is toward data or technology-supported approaches to complex problems with an emerging capacity in land planning and sustainable food systems. This includes leading the technical development of the Land Potential Knowledge System (LPKS) and Future Earth U.S. Hub, part of a global network of people, projects, and institutions committed to catalyzing research, connecting knowledge, and finding new ways to accelerate sustainable development.
One of SILC’s primary goals is to communicate, educate and broadly engage diverse others on the challenges and solutions to complex societal issues in sustainability. We do so through a variety of publications including Future Earth's Anthropocene magazine both in print and online; Future Earth's and SILC's monthly e-mail newsletters reaching approximately 15,000 people; contribution and production of international sustainability-related reports; public events; and education endeavors highlighting our mission and work.
Additionally, through the Global Sustainability Scholars (GSS) program, scholars and fellows from traditionally under-represented groups work on and with global sustainable development challenges for three summers. Across GSS and all our endeavors, SILC promotes:
Engaged scholarship, mentorship, education and outreach
Increased sustainability-focused leadership among traditionally underrepresented and marginalized communities
Socially conscious advancements in sustainability for communities on local to global scales
Forward-thinking education for a better prepared workforce
Collaborative and cross-disciplinary research that is shared with various audiences creatively and impactfully.
The people who make SILC thrive are globally minded professionals who inspire breakthrough solutions and deliver tangible impacts. We hail from diverse backgrounds in environmental research, acedemia, engineering, communications, and finance to name but a few. We are united in our commitment to accelerating the transition to a more sustainable world and educating the next generation of researchers, communicators, and innovators who will lead this change.