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Environment / Sustainability

Events focus on sustainability centers

February 7, 2011

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability is hosting a series of events designed to introduce the campus to six sustainability centers at Colorado State.

 Colorado State has six centers that work on local, national, and international research projects related to environmental stewardship and sustainability.

This Spring, the School of Global Environmental Sustainability is hosting a new series of events designed to introduce the Colorado State campus to the breadth of sustainability research at CSU.  Six different sustainability centers at CSU will be part of the In-Focus Sustainability Centers Series:

  • Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP)
  • Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis (CDRA)
  • Center for Protected Area Management and Training (CPAMT
  • Scenario Planning Institute
  • Institute for Livestock and the Environment (ILE)
  • Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise (CASE)

“With such a broad variety of centers addressing aspects of sustainability science at CSU, we thought this series would be a good way to learn more about the centers, and how to be involved,” said Diana Wall, director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

“We hope this series helps the centers see areas of integration, and catalyzes new approaches and ideas for faculty interaction.”

Examples of projects

CSU's sustainability centers have sponsored projects such as:

  • Research into hurricane activity along the U.S. northeast coast;
  • Community education to improve planning, response, and resilience to natural, technological, and human-caused disasters;
  • Workshops in Mexico to assist locals in managing tourism at two Mayan archaeological sites along the Usumachinata River (ecotourism);
  • Dissemination of new knowledge about best practices in scenario planning for leaders (in the interest of improved organizational and individual thinking, learning, and performance);
  • Educating livestock producers about how to compost livestock carcasses in order to mitigate the effects of livestock mortality on water and air quality and public health;
  • Development of cutting-edge leadership training and facilitation of industry collaboration to help organizations meet their sustainability goals.

Event dates, times, and locations

  • Tuesday, Feb. 8, noon, Johnson Hall, Room 108 - The Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes  is developing a revolutionary new approach to climate modeling that will help us to better understand the roles clouds play today and in the future as our climate changes.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 22, noon, Johnson Hall, Room 108 - The Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis is dedicated to reducing the harm and losses caused by natural, technological, and human-caused disasters. 
  • Tuesday, March 8, noon, Johnson Hall, Room 108 - The Center for Protected Area Management plays a leadership role in research, teaching, training and technical assistance related to the world's parks and protected natural areas.
  • Tuesday, March 22, noon, Johnson Hall, Room 108 - The Scenario Planning Institute develops multiple-imagined futures in which decisions about the future can be played out for the purposes of changing thinking; improving decision-making; fostering human and organization learning; and improving performance.
  • Tuesday, April 12, noon, Johnson Hall, Room 108 - The Institute for Livestock and the Environment examines how to balance agricultural production with sustainable environmental management -- likely one of the greatest challenges of the 21st Century.
  • Tuesday, April 26, noon, Johnson Hall, Room 108 - The Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise stands at the intersections of the academy and industry, science and the marketplace, past and future. Whether your challenges are in clean technology, life cycle analysis, emerging market development, fair-trade, water resources, or any other domain, CASE can help you find the answers.

Each of these six presentations will consist of a short introduction session with time for Q&A. Light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited.


Contact: Kerri McDermid
E-mail: kerri.mcdermid@colostate.edu