Join us in congratulating our Fall 2013 graduates. Their hard work and achievements are to be commended. Commencement exercises are December 20 at 3:00 pm. The ceremony will be videostreamed live.
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Colorado State University's Diana Wall and coauthors make the case to integrate soil biodiversity research into human health studies in a paper published online in Nature November 23. "If we improve our management of land to enhance the biodiversity in our soils, we'll improve human health," said Wall, professor in CSU's Department of Biology, research scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Soil biodiversity refers to the variety of life and organisms that exist within a forest, agricultural field, park or even on a dirt road. It sounds simple, this type of integration, but the concept is only recently gaining international acceptance. The United Nations declared 2015 as the first International Year of Soils to highlight the value of living soils to humans.
Food, energy and water are fundamental human needs. They're also deeply interconnected. To offer holistic, systems-level insights and solutions to global food, energy and water problems, Colorado State University will host a two-day workshop, "Food-Energy-Water: Nexus Issues in Energy Production," Dec. 7-8 at the Marriott Residence Inn, Arlingotn, Va. Registration is free but required. "Think about food, energy and water: they are all critical resources for society," said Ken Reardon, CSU professor of chemical and biological engineering and workshop organizer. "You can't trade one for the other, and they interact. You can't fix one problem without thinking about how that solution is impacting the others."
Do you know how many small, sustainable actions you take every day, and how they stack up to save energy and water and reduce waste? Students in the Warner College of Natural Resources recently got the chance to find out how much turning off lights and turning the thermostat down adds up. At the same time, they helped the City of Fort Collins with market research on a mobile app, "Loose a Watt," that encourages sustainable behaviors. The app attempts to "gamify" sustainability - encouraging behavior by adding game elements into non-game situations. CSU Assistant Professor Jen Solomon, instructor for the course, said the app provides a novel approach. "Gamification is used for encouraging healthy behaviors, but there aren't many examples of gamification being used successfully to encourage sustainable behaviors."[Archive]