Excerpts taken from the Original Post, The SOURCE, by Tiana Nelson, 7/16/19

“As part of the National Western Center – a redevelopment project in north Denver on the grounds of the historic National Western Stock Show – the CSU System will construct three buildings at a main crossroads in Denver.

“The CSU Campus at the National Western Center will provide an unprecedented platform for researchers and stakeholders from various backgrounds and from around the world to collaborate on issues at the intersection of food, water, and health,” said Dr. Tony Frank, chancellor of the CSU System.

Flipping the university model on its head – CSU will place emphasis on experiential education on the main floors and research upstairs. “The space will convene research experts from around the world related to water, food, sustainability, and human and animal health,” said Jocelyn Hittle, director of Denver programming for the CSU System. “It will not only be a place, but also a network – a launching point for collaboration across disciplines and sectors – aimed at addressing global challenges.”

While buildings are on their way, CSU is not waiting for the ribbon cuttings; programs that mirror future efforts are already underway.

In 2018, the CSU System also launched the Water in the West Symposium, bringing together multidisciplinary thought leaders to discuss solutions to local and global water challenges. The inaugural event sold out with more than 400 attendees, and will have a permanent home at the future National Western Center. The 2019 Symposium is planned for Nov. 6-7.

The National Western Center will also be home to the Salazar Center for North American Conservation, founded by former U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, which will serve as a venue for discussion of difficult issues, opportunities for innovation, and development of new approaches to key challenges.  The Salazar Center will promote a large-scale and systemic view of North American conservation by exploring the implications of interlinked challenges like climate adaptation, land use change, biodiversity loss, and human well-being.  “As an external-facing, impact-oriented program, we look forward to advancing best-in-class solutions to conservation challenges as part of the National Western Center,” said Beth Conover, director of the Salazar Center.

Beginning in September 2019, the center will host its inaugural international symposium on landscape connectivity in partnership with the Biennial of the Americas, and launch an incentive prize to recognize and reward groups that combine research, policy, and practice for impact at scale.

“This will be a front door to the world-class research at CSU, an opportunity to create citizen scientists, to see artists and veterinarians alike in action – and perhaps to inspire a child who might not know where food comes from now, but will someday help solve the global food crisis,” said Amy Parsons, executive vice chancellor of the CSU System. “These buildings are much more than buildings – what happens within them will change the world.””