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School of Global Environmental Sustainability offers pre-college learning experience

July 28, 2014
By Cassie Crutchfield

Forty-four high school students from across the country were on campus in July to learn about the core concepts of sustainability.

CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) hosted two sessions of the Pre-College Summer Sustainability Program this summer, doubling in enrollment from its single inaugural session in 2013.

Students in the program gained hands-on learning experience connecting the social, economic and ecological aspects of sustainability through the opportunity to work alongside Colorado State University professors and graduate students from seven of the eight colleges on campus as well as professionals in the Fort Collins community.  The students were selected through an online application and an essay expressing their interest in studying the environment and sustainability.

Out and about

This was not your typical summer school experience. The week of exploration included rafting the Cache la Poudre River while learning about demands on water in arid regions, hiking through Rocky Mountain National Park examining management of park ecosystems, and discovering Old Town Fort Collins and what it takes to create a sustainable city. Learning was taken outside the classroom and into the field to places such as the Agricultural Research Development and Education Center and the CSU Powerhouse Energy Campus.  Here the students experienced first-hand the concepts in sustainability working to solve the salient issues facing ecosystems in Northern Colorado and across the globe.

Rams for a week

Mentoring is a core focus of this pre-college program, giving students a valuable glimpse of life on a university campus and a jumpstart on their college careers.  The students experienced life in Parmelee Residence Hall, meals in the dining center, evenings at the Student Recreation Center, and learning in college classrooms in the various academic buildings on campus; many of these buildings showcase CSU’s commitment to sustainable green building. 

Whether it was sitting on the Oval or exploring the Student Sustainability Garden, the students were welcomed to and became a part of the campus community at CSU.

The eight-day residential program focused on these six areas of sustainability:

  • Climate Change and Energy
  • Food Security
  • Environmental Institutions and Governance
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Land and Water Resources
  • Biodiversity, Conservation and Management

Over 38 different professors, professionals and graduate students were able to share their expertise during the pre-college program. With such an extensive list of mentors students were able to gain a variety of perspectives. Grace Hanley, an instructor with the College of Business, CSU Provost Rick Miranda, Alicia Sprague with the City of Fort Collins Utilities, Matt Rogers, a researcher in the atmospheric sciences department, and Gene Kelly from the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences are just a few of the people that helped make this program possible.

The pre-college program is designed to equip highly motivated high school juniors and seniors with a foundational understanding of sustainability, exposure to CSU, and higher education and strong connections, with both faculty and their peers to encourage solutions through collaboration and creative problem-solving.

For more information visit the SoGES website