University, City Host CU Night in Downtown Boulder | CU Boulder today


Chancellor Philip DiStefano and other CU Boulder representatives joined Boulder City leaders on Wednesday, July 27 for an event celebrating upcoming partnerships and to share details about the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit .

CU Night in Downtown Boulder drew approximately 250 attendees to the Boulder Theater for food, drink and community – and to hear how CU and the city are committed to tackling big challenges, including climate change .

The Chancellor highlighted several community-impacting projects, including CU Boulder South, the conference center-hotel, future plans for the campus, the work of the Renée Crown Wellness Institute and the status of the Pac-12 conference.

“As I hope you can tell, ‘stagnant’ is not a word in our vocabulary at CU Boulder,” DiStefano said. “And I know the same is true throughout the city of Boulder.

“I love Boulder, and we do our best when the university and the city work together. It is the energy, innovation and caring within this community that gives me hope that together we can seize the opportunities and meet the challenges that lie ahead.

The event, moderated by Director of Sustainability Heidi VanGenderen, also included remarks from Mayor Pro Tem Rachel Friend and Chip, CEO of the Downtown Boulder Partnership. Chip does not use a last name.

Assistant Professor Karen Bailey of the Department of Environmental Studies shared an overview of her research on climate adaptation and resilience while Assistant Dean Jamie Wittenberg of University Libraries highlighted the Buffs One Read selection for the fall: Sweetgrass Braiding: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and Plant Teachings by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Jim Anaya, Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law, shared details about the Global Climate Summit, to be held December 1-4 at CU Boulder in partnership with Human Rights United Nations.

The event preceded Bands on the Bricks, the popular summer concert series on Pearl Street, which CU Boulder sponsored on Wednesday.

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