Hello Water Stewards! I hope you all have had a great spring break, have been able to enjoy the warming weather, or - at the very least - have found some time to take a deep breath and do something nice for yourself as we enter into spring.
The OWOW Center is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2022 and with that we're also honoring some big changes. In December 2021, after nine years as co-director, Tom Cech retired and has been taking the opportunity to travel a lot. This month, Hope Bartlett will be leaving the OWOW Center for a new adventure with the City of Longmont. They both leave big shoes to fill, and we will miss the spirit they brought to water education. Regardless, we will continue to provide creative opportunities for everyone to convene, educate, and activate around the environment. Please pardon our dust as we transition new employees, jumpstart new projects, and grow into the big ideas that will form our next ten years.
March 31 is MSU Denver's Day of Giving!
The OWOW Center is thrilled to be participating in the 6th annual MSU Denver Day of Giving! The official Day of Giving is March 31, but you can give to the OWOW Center now by clicking the button below.
Your gift will support the OWOW Center’s mission to convene, activate, and educate students on water issues and create the next generation of water stewards!
OWOW Center teams up with ASCP to create The Auraria Campus Sustainability Trail
To commemorate our 10-year anniversaries, the One World One Water (OWOW) Center and the Auraria Sustainable Campus Program (ASCP) have collaborated to create a Sustainability Trail around the Auraria Campus! The trail highlights 10 sustainable features on campus, marked by yard signs, that look like the one to the right, in the ground. See the map of all the stops and additional information on each feature below!
You can walk the trail throughout the spring and participate in exciting events throughout the year with both the OWOW Center and the ASCP. We hope you join us to celebrate 10 years of sustainability initiatives on the Auraria Campus!
Check out the map and featured sites here:
April 1: Fall Priority Registration Begins
May 7: Spring Classes End
May 13: Spring Commencement
Jan 18: Spring Classes Begin
May 31: Maymester Period
Don't forget to schedule an advising appointment with Nona to make sure you are on track to graduate with your Water Studies program! And, if you are graduating this fall, stop by our office to pick up your OWOW Stole!
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute 202 Western Place/Western Space Conference
As part of the series of events, they are hosting the Colorado River Crisis: Connecting Water & Land Use Webinar Series, April 8, 22, & 29, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Learn more and register here
DU’s Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality (IRISE) is hosting a Climate Justice Teach-In 2 Teach-Out Day.
Denver Water Law Review's Annual Symposium
The Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 14 & Friday, April 15 and will provide a deep dive into the Colorado River Compact and stakeholder concerns. Learn more and register here
The MSU Denver Dialogues Program presents a three part event series on Environmental Justice.
The first 2 events, March 30th and April 14, are experience-grounded events that are taking place on Zoom/Teams only. The dialogues will raise awareness of environmental racism and justice. The third, on April 20, is a hybrid event that will be anchoring Earth Day with an impressive line up of environmental justice activists/advocates from Denver. At the CAVEA Theater and on Zoom, they will welcome Damar Garcia (with Groundwork Denver), Shaina Oliver (with Mom's Clean Air Force/EcoMadres), and Ean Thomas Tafoya (with Colorado GreenLatinos), who will join us to talk about responding to environmental injustices in the Denver Metro. RSVP for any or all of these events here
National Study shows growing vegetables using regenerative practices leads to more nutritious foods
Research from the University of Washington found that using regenerative farming practices, such as not tilling the soil, adding cover crops, and having plant diversity affects the nutritional content of the food. In side-by-side comparisons, farms following soil health practices for at least five years had crops with better nutritional profiles than the same ones grown on neighboring conventional farms. The study notes that organic farms avoid chemical pesticides, but they can vary in their other farming practices, such as whether they have a diversity of crops or till the soil to control weeds.
The study looked at farms across the U.S. doing regenerative agriculture, which uses soil-boosting practices. In eight of the farms (farms 2-9) the farmers planted the same crop as their neighbor to allow a direct comparison of the soil and resulting food.
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