CU Boulder leaders visit Vail Valley | CU Boulder Today

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In sweltering weather, CU Boulder President Philip DiStefano and a group of distinguished campus leaders headed to the cooler climes of Vail on June 10-11 as part of the annual summer retreat of the alumni group from ForeverGold.

Chancellor Philip DiStefano

Chancellor Philip DiStefano

Athletic Director Rick George

Athletic Director Rick George

Ryan Chreist, CU employee and volunteer firefighter

Ryan Chreist, CU employee and volunteer firefighter

In addition to an update on the latest campus developments, the group provided a preview of the World Climate Summit Here and Now, taking place in Boulder from December 1-4.

Chancellor DiStefano was joined by Athletic Director Rick George; Dean of Libraries Robert McDonald; women’s soccer coach Danny Sánchez; Matt Burgess, CU professor of environmental studies and CIRES member; Clint Carroll, associate professor of ethnic studies; and Kathryn Wendell, executive director of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at Leeds Business School, for Friday night and Saturday events at The Lodge at Vail. The visit demonstrated CU Boulder’s ongoing commitment to bringing campus research and innovations directly to audiences across the state.

“The University of Colorado Boulder exists for the benefit of the entire state of Colorado and we cannot accomplish our mission in isolation,” said DiStefano. “Support from every corner of the state is needed to make CU Boulder the successful and vibrant community that it is and to ensure that our alumni achieve personal and professional success.”

Friday night’s event, which was exclusively for ForeverGold members, consisted of dinner and a lively CU trivia competition. The following day, ForeverGold members joined community leaders from across the Vail Valley for a series of presentations highlighting CU Boulder’s campus-wide efforts to develop solutions to the climate change crisis.

“We are the first university sports program in the country to sign the UN Sports for Climate Action framework and the Race to Zero commitment that drives us to eliminate 50% of our carbon emissions by 2030, within just eight years”, the athletic director said. Rick George. “I am very proud of what we have achieved and excited about what is to come in this area. It’s great to work on a campus that emphasizes sustainability in everything they do. It’s what makes CU Boulder great.”

Preview of the climate summit

Participants also got a taste of the upcoming World Climate Summit Here and Now, with three presentations from educational experts who highlighted the far-reaching and diverse impacts of climate change on our world.

Topics included how political polarization drives the economic policy of climate change; empower business leaders to drive solutions to environmental, social and ethical challenges; and the effects climate change is having on marginalized communities, particularly indigenous peoples in the United States.

The day’s program concluded with a riveting and emotional first-person account of fighting the Marshall Fire by Ryan Chreist, assistant vice chancellor and executive director of the CU Alumni Association, who is also a volunteer member of the Louisville Fire Department. .

The World Climate Summit Right Here Now is a partnership between CU Boulder and United Nations Human Rights that will bring together some of the world’s top human rights, scientific, political, educational, cultural and industry leaders to address the adverse effects of climate change on human rights.


As a world leader in climate, environmental and energy research, the University of Colorado Boulder has partnered with the United Nations Human Rights to co-host the Right here, right now World Climate Summit in fall 2022.

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