When CSU Spur opens in 2022, it will host programming from many partners, and some partners will have a permanent location within the buildings, including a lab site for Denver Water, a clinic for Dumb Friends League, the North American Agricultural Advisory Network , a second location for the Temple Grandin Equine Center, the Salazar Center for North American Conservation, and Together We Grow.
Denver Water will house its water quality lab at the CSU Spur Hydro building. Currently, Denver Water performs more than 70,000 tests annually to monitor water quality in its watershed as well as its treatment and distribution systems. The new laboratory will have the capacity to conduct more than 200,000 tests each year to keep up with increasing regulatory requirements, as well as allow for more state-of-the-art equipment and more efficient workspace for technicians. Its location at Spur will provide more opportunity for Denver Water to collaborate with researchers on areas of innovation, policy, and education related to water challenges in urban, rural, and watershed environments.
The services the Dumb Friends League will provide at CSU Spur play a vital role in the organization’s mission to end pet homelessness and animal suffering. The Dumb Friends League Veterinary Hospital at Spur (housed at Vida) will offer low cost veterinary services to pets whose owners cannot afford to provide this care, and will offer spay and neuter surgeries at reduced fees to help reduce the number of cats on our streets and in our shelters. Additionally, the League will offer humane education opportunities to inspire children and adults with lessons of compassion, respect and proper care for animals.
The North American Agricultural Advisory Network (NAAAN) is an emerging formal network of stakeholders in agricultural advisory services, to be hosted at CSU Spur. The NAAAN links existing agricultural extension communities with one another and with stakeholders in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. The NAAAN connects with counterparts in other countries through its membership in the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS). The NAAAN will office out of the CSU Spur Terra building.
The Salazar Center for North American Conservation supports and advances the health and resilience of natural systems and human communities throughout North America and uses an intersectional approach to build bridges that connect academic research, community practice, and policy development. The Salazar Center was founded by former U.S. Secretary of Interior, U.S. Senator, and Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar; it will have its permanent home in the CSU Spur Hydro building.
The Temple Grandin Equine Center will host a second location of CSU’s equine-assisted activities and therapies at the CSU Spur Vida building. EAAT research will be conducted while providing related services to individuals faced with a broad range of special challenges and disabilities. EAAT services include physical, occupational, and speech therapy, behavioral counseling and therapy, and adaptive horsemanship activities. Programming is underway at a temporary location at the existing National Western Complex and will be expanded into the CSU Spur Vida building in 2022.
Together We Grow is a national industry consortium for the U.S. food and agriculture sector housed at CSU Spur. Together We Grow is building the workforce that will feed the future, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion across a membership that includes many of the largest agribusiness interests in the U.S., academic institutions, NGOs, and governmental institutions. Together We Grow champions best practices that advance cultures of belonging, engages with members to build inclusive pipelines of talent, and elevates awareness of the dynamic, STEM-forward careers offered within the U.S. agriculture industry.