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A university-wide collaboration to address climate change

By harnessing world-class educators and experts working on all aspects of climate change, Colorado State University is making a strategic investment to become a leading educational institution for climate education, research, and engagement in the United States and globally. 

Click here to preview and download a quick look at our first year activities.


The CSU Climate Initiative coordinates CSU’s extensive expertise and assets to address the grand challenge of building a climate-resilient future in Colorado and beyond through knowledge generation, innovation, urban and rural community-based partnerships, and the education of a new generation of climate leaders.


We envision a society that utilizes a transformative, whole-of-society approach toward mitigating and adapting to climate change. By offering our resources and expertise to the task of creating and harnessing this approach, our vision is to achieve a sustainable, climate-resilient, equitable, and just future for everyone.


Educate thousands of students in the next decade to be climate leaders

Become the state and region’s go-to university for climate services and analysis

Be the leading land grant university in the nation educating students to tackle climate challenges

Grow the university’s world-class research on climate science, climate adaptation and resilience, and carbon management

Activities to Date and Plans for FY2025

Click here to preview and download a quick look at our first year activities: CCI 2-Pager 2024

Leadership Team

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Courtney Schultz

Director, CSU Climate Initiative

Professor, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

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Peter Backlund

School of Global Environmental Sustainability

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Sarah Badding

Nancy Richardson Design Center

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Eliisa Carter

Program Manager, CSU Climate Initiative

Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

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Pat Keys

Department of Atmospheric Science

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Scott Shrake

Institute for Entrepreneurship

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Jill Zarestky

School of Education

Climate Initiative Advisory Council

The Climate Initiative Advisory Council is made up of individuals from across Colorado State University who are committed to advancing the university’s work on Climate.

Climate Initiative Information and Resources

Find out about Climate Initiative-related events, updates, and resources.

The Climate Initiative One-Pager

Download our one-pager: CCI_One-pager
One pager overview of the CSU Climate Initiative

CSU Climate Initiative Resources

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Research Expertise Spreadsheet (Internal to CSU, sign-in required) – We encourage CSU students, faculty, and researchers to fill out this spreadsheet. We are stock-taking the diverse and tremendous amount of expertise across all colleges, departments, and centers at CSU to build up new and support existing climate-related research and education programming.

News and events

Our Program Collaborators

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Center for Environmental Justice
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Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere
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Colorado Climate Center
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One Health Institute