Community Organizing

All of ASU Community Partnerships' activities revolve around our mission of connecting University resources with the community in order to increase the quality of life for all residents of the San Luis Valley. To further fulfill this mission, ASU Community Partnerships embarks on a wide variety of projects, including raising the local quality of life, improving the environment, and many other important matters. Workshops are often offered, educating attendees on methods of making their home more environmentally friendly, how to market their art, and on a great many more subjects. We seek to improve communication between the San Luis Valley and Adams State University, having held a number of public forums for both sides to speak with the other. We also play an active role in local matters as well, taking direct action to affect area improvements and providing others with an opportunity to do the same. ASU Community Partnerships is committed to serving both Adams State University and the San Luis Valley, seeking to improve overall conditions for these two entities.

SEED Park International

 ASU Community Partnerships is collaborating with local economic development organizations, business people, including farmers and ranchers in the development of a Sustainable Environmental and Economic Development (SEED) Park.

SEED is a non-profit organization with a mission to develop a sustainable business park where businesses share resources and use each others bi-products in order to achieve zero waste, create jobs and reduce costs.

ASU Community Partnerships staff are actively involved in all stages of SEED Park’s development. We work closely to link the university’s resources, including student, faculty and staff involvement, to this and other community projects.

American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

ASU President David Svaldi signed the commitment to reduce ASU’s carbon footprint in July 2008. The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is a high-visibility effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. The ACUPCC provides a framework and support for America’s colleges and universities to implement comprehensive plans in pursuit of climate neutrality.

Adams State University Climate Commitment Committee Members:

  • Dr. Jared Beeton, Earth Science
  • Christopher Adams, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Dr. Marty Jones, Chemistry (retired)
  • Scott Travis, Director-Facility Services
  • Rodney Martinez, Custodian Supervisor
  • Betsy Chacon, ASU Business Office
  • Karl Jolliff, Manager- Community Partnerships
  • Kat Olance, Honorary Member
  • Mary Hoffman, ASU Community Partnerships Director (Chair)

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EPA National Pilot Project-Sustainability Model

The project started in 2007, when a team of EPA professionals from a variety of disciplines began the three year study in order to develop a computer tool that measures the rate in which a community moves towards or away from sustainability. Bird migration, population growth, food and energy production and exporting were all factors in the computer model. The San Luis Valley was chosen from many potential sites across the country. ASU Community Partnerships hosted the EPA’s San Luis Basin Sustainability team several times during the project and linked the team to key community and campus contacts, in order to make the project successful.

Art for Endangered Landscapes

ASU Community Partnerships and the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council collaborated to facilitate an art exhibit celebrating the sanctity and fragility of the San Luis Valley's land. The exhibit feature works from David Montgomery, Randy Pijoan, Evelyn Sprouse Rowe, Perla Kopeloff, and many, many more. Through a wide variety of mediums, the artists featured in this exhibit depicted the landscape surrounding the site of a proposed development in Rio Grande County, capturing the beauty held. A portion of the sales of artwork from this exhibit benefited the SLV Ecosystem Council.

The Democracy School

In partnership with ASU Community Partnerships, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and Autumn @ Adams, Thomas Linzey gave participants a crash course in their rights working with government agencies to protect their environment. This workshop covered the history of people’s movements and corporate power, as well as exploring the abilities of citizens to confront corporations and their governments. Environmental Attorney, Thomas Linzey is the author of “Be the Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community”

To learn more about the our projects and to see if any of them apply to you, please visit the links below. For more information, don't hesitate to contact us.

Click here to see Community Partnerships environmental activities over the year of 2011.