Through CU Going Local, we have brainstormed several specific goals we hope to achieve:
1. We commit to submitting a grant to the Sustainable CU fund (a fund for CU students pioneering environmental initiatives) in order to get start-up funds for our 3-acre farm on South campus. This farm will produce vegetables that CU dining halls can purchase, as well as producing enough to be sold at the downtown Boulder farmer’s market. The farm will have one full time manager, who will be paid through the revenues from the produce. There will be two sustainable agriculture classes specially taught in Maymester and Summer terms that will be experiential fieldwork. All students will be required to put x amount of hours in each week. There will also be workshops taught at the farm for students wanting to learn these lost farming skills. By having local supplies for university food, CU will be advocating for the health of each student and for the eradication of carbon dependence (immense amounts of petroleum are currently needed to package, transport, refrigerate, etc., the large quantities of food CU buys from across the country and across the world.)
2. We commit to having a ‘Relocalization Documentary Series’ each semester. This series will show an average of four films every semester that focus on food sustainability and climate change. We have already completed two such semesters of educating students through educational films.
3. CUGL will pioneer a Beautify the Hill Initiative (BHI). The ‘Hill’ in Boulder is a slang term for the area where many CU students live, and is notorious for loud parties and irresponsible behavior. The BHI will be an effort to bring a positive outreach project into the Hill community. Too often we see a clash between families and students residing on the Hill, and this initiative aims to build positive relationships between students and local community members. Instead of letting beer cans and cigarettes clutter the grassy areas of the Hill, we want to produce beautiful gardens that show that we care about our community. Also, with food and gas prices rising, it is important to begin using any extra space for local food production in order to increase Boulder's food security. These gardens will show a sustainable approach to agriculture and will set an example for the future of food production. We started this project in the summer of 2008 and have been approached by dozens of community members with praise and requests to do the garden initiative in front of their home!
4. CUGL will also further our relationship with the Transition Colorado movement (http://transitioncolorado.ning.com/) originally from Totnes, England. The Transition approach empowers communities to squarely face the challenges of peak oil and climate change, and to unleash the collective genius of their own people to find answers
The Transition movement is what keeps me up at night and what makes me feel alive. It is the most inspiring movement I have come across. Through this movement and CUGL, I hope to make CU the first Transition University in North America.
We have become a force on campus in a short amount of time--it's been so incredible and rewarding. What began as 'me' as the group in March of 2008, now has over 200 students on our email list. So exciting!