Sustainability Series helps CSU share ideas over lunch

Workers installing solar panels

Sustainability is more important now than ever.

“Everyone has a role to play,” said Stacey Baumgarn, Colorado State University campus energy coordinator. “For some of us it might be small, or it might be large, but we all have a role to play.”

The Morgan Library is hosting the Sustainability Series lunchtime sessions to inform students, staff, faculty and community members about how they can play their role. Each event will cover a different aspect of sustainability; this semester, the topics are outdoor recreation and solar energy.

“The intention of [the Sustainability Series] is to help people share ideas in way that any person in any place doing any role can see themselves doing their part for sustainability,” Baumgarn said.

Sessions take place in the Morgan Library Event Hall, noon-1 p.m., no RSVP necessary.

Snacks will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

Leave No Trace

The next session, Leave No Trace, will be presented by CSU alums Montana Sauve and Julia Oleksiak on Thursday, March 7.

Leave No Trace is a national organization that works to protect the outdoors by educating people on how to properly care for it. Leave No Trace hopes that it will inspire people to leave open space better than they found it.

Sauve, information coordinator at Leave No Trace, earned her bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management from CSU. She wants to continue educating on the importance of outdoor sustainability for present and future generations.

Oleksiak directs Leave No Trace youth education initiatives that teach kids the importance of protecting the outdoors. After graduating from CSU, Oleksiak also worked at Yosemite National Park and led outdoor youth programs for underserved communities in Denver.

Solar Energy at CSU

On Thursday, April 4, Carol Dollard will present “10 Years of Solar Energy at CSU.”

Dollard, energy engineer in Facilities Management at Colorado State, also serves as co-chair the President’s Sustainability Committee at CSU. She was instrumental in guiding the university’s sustainability efforts, before and since the installation of  the first solar PV array was installed on the Engineering Building in June 2009. The Sustainability Series is part of the celebration of those and other efforts toward making CSU energy-efficient and sustainable.

“If you can attend and learn something that you didn’t know before about sustainability or sustainability-related topics, then we’re helping,” Baumgarn said. “We’re making a difference.”

Learn more about the Sustainability Series here.