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
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.