The Wirth Chair is committed to helping governments, businesses, non-profit groups and community organizations form sustainable development partnerships that carefully balance economic, environmental and expanded social welfare objectives and strategies.
The mission of the Wirth Chair is to foster effective sustainable development strategies that will strive to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
--The Brundtland Commission
The Wirth Chair works to develop:
- meaningful environmental protection policies and programs
- cost-effective energy management and energy efficiency programs
- sound greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies
- fair and effective growth management strategies
In 1993, the University of Colorado established the Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy. It is the first Chair in public policy in the University and the only Chair at the University of Colorado Denver. It honors the environmental and sustainable development achievements of former Senator and Undersecretary of State Timothy E. Wirth. Wirth's work in Congress, in the State Department and now as President of the United Nations Foundation has truly made a difference. His efforts have helped foster an improved quality of life for individuals in Colorado, in the United States and throughout the world.