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Environment / Sustainability

Students, Colorado Rockies and ARAMARK team up to create sustainable garden at Coors Field

May 23, 2013

Colorado State University's Institute of the Built Environment teamed up with the Colorado Rockies and ARAMARK, the Rockies' exclusive food and beverage partner, to introduce a new sustainable garden at Coors Field, believed to be the first of its kind in baseball.

The GaRden, which promotes IBE Director Brian Dunbar and CSU student Gary Gross plant The GaRden on Thursday, May 23.beneficial garden ecosystem functions, will provide ARAMARK with herbs and vegetables for use in Coors Field’s Mountain Ranch Club menu and build-your-own salad station.

“Our institute appreciates the opportunity to create a sustainable garden at Coors Field. Students from various CSU programs have a chance to experience sustainable landscape design, organic horticulture, ‘farm-to-table’ concepts, and many other applied sustainable practices, thanks to our partnership with ARAMARK and the Colorado Rockies,” said Brian Dunbar, director of the IBE.

  • View a video of The GarDen being planted.

This unique endeavor involves CSU students, who helped to design and prepare the site, as well as plant the vegetable and herbs including peppers, tomatoes, beans, chives, scallions, parsley, rosemary and thyme, along with pepper patches at the centerfield bullpens.

The GaRden covers 600 square feet and is located near Gate A of the stadium. In addition to including herbs and vegetables, it will also sport flowering ornamentals and plants that promote beneficial garden ecosystems. The GaRden’s sustainable features include raised beds built from beetle-kill pinewood, organic soil, water-efficient irrigation drip lines made from recycled materials, and plants propagated at CSU by students in the Organic Agriculture program.

Institute for the Built EnvironmentCSU students and ARAMARK employees plant The GaRden.

The Institute for the Built Environment, founded in 1994 at Colorado State University, is a multidisciplinary research institute. The institute brings together professors, students and professionals from a variety of disciplines including architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, engineering, construction management, real estate development and facilities management. The institution’s goals are to optimize and reflect nature in built environments, encourage human equality, cultural sensitivity, professional collaboration and sustainability education in the use and creation of the built environment.

The Institute for the Built Environment is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Colorado State University. 

Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009