Eco Leaders Program
90% of the largest environmental organizations (budgets over $1 million) in the U.S. are led by men and only 16% of the staff are people of color1. The Eco Leaders program at CSU is a peer mentoring and leadership program with both an academic and engagement component that actively recruits students of color, first generation students, LGBTQ students, and international students to open doors and change the face of sustainability leadership.
The Alternative Break program is an immersion experience into different cultural, environmental, and socioeconomic communities focusing on a wide range of issues including food insecurity, AIDS/HIV, homelessness, issues facing Native Americans on reservations, and environmental conservation. CSU students spend the year learning about their focus issue and host location and then spend spring break participating in direct, educational service-learning.
Engineers Without Borders
Engineers Without Borders partners with developing communities in over 45 countries across the world to address some of the most prevalent challenges in these communities including water purification and delivery, sanitation, transportation and infrastructure, and sustainable and renewable energy. The CSU chapter has two projects currently underway and one in development.
Students run and maintain a garden that is used to prepare regular Friday meals for Shabbat, the Jewish holiday of rest. The meals are prepared and served in the Hillel house just off campus. A chicken coop was installed in the garden, and students care for the chickens and collect the eggs. The students have also built a composter that turns waste into compost for their garden. In recognition of these efforts, CSU Hillel received the Hazon Seal of Sustainability in 2018, one of the first organizations in the country to receive this honor.
In 2016 CSU became the first university in the state of Colorado to become Fair Trade Certified and committed to offering Fair Trade products in the campus bookstore, Fair Trade t-shirts for sustainability campaigns, and Fair Trade coffee as an option in campus coffee shops. The Global Community Engagement program is a one-credit winter break program led by CSU faculty to provide a context for students to understand how Fair Trade impacts the people of Nicaragua. Through guest lectures, local site visits, and cultural exploration, the program focuses on the economic, political, and social issues related to Fair Trade.