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wirth chair in environmental and community development policy 
 

 Purpose

 

The purpose of the Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development is to foster teaching, learning, collaboration, and communication among those engaged in all sectors on issues related to sustainable development.  The Chair serves as a community forum and convener and as a national and global academic center for sustainability issues.  It is committed to helping governments, businesses, nonprofit groups, community organizations, and educational institutions form sustainable development partnerships and engage in practices that carefully balance economic, environmental, and expanded social welfare objectives and strategies.


 
 

 Activities

 
 

The Wirth Chair works to fulfill its mission through a variety of programs and activities, including monthly Sustainability Series events and an annual Wirth Chair Sustainability Awards Luncheon honoring innovators and legacies in the sustainability field.  Each year, the Chair also selects a number of projects and initiatives designed to further sustainable development and to bridge gaps between sectors.  Past activities have included a forum on hydraulic fracturing, including speakers and breakout sessions bringing together policy and technology experts from across sectors.


Current major initiatives include the following:

  • Analysis of whether and how sustainability principles are being taught in K-12 education
  • Continuing and expanding analysis of the legal and policy framework associated with shale gas recovery in Colorado
  • A community, academic, and business leader trip to Denmark, including tours of model sustainability sites and discussions with that country’s sustainability leaders
  • A trip to Uganda, in partnership with the Global Livingston Institute, offering education and dialogue for students and NGO leaders from both Colorado and Uganda regarding energy policy in Africa
  • Continuing the monthly Sustainability Series
 

 
 

 News

 

Save the Date!  The 15th Annual Wirth Chair Sustainability Awards Luncheon will be held June 16, 2014 at the Four Seasons.  

 

Please join us for a Brownbag Lunch Monday, April 14, 12-1: Energy Issues in East Africa.  Dr. Luka Powanga will speak about the resource curse, and we will discuss the August Wirth Chair/GLI East Africa Energy and Sustainability Trip - download the flyer here.

 

 





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