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, a second location for the Temple Grandin Equine Center, Together We Grow, and the Salazar Center for North American Conservation.
Founded in 1918, Denver Water is Colorado’s oldest and largest water utility, serving 1.5 million in the City of Denver and surrounding metro area. Denver Water will open a new water quality lab in the CSU Spur water building (name TBA).
The Dumb Friends League cares for more than 20,000 homeless pets and horses each year and is a national model in animal welfare. The CSU Spur Vida building will house the Dumb Friends League Solutions – Veterinary Hospital, a donor supported facility which exists to provide veterinary services for pets whose owners cannot otherwise afford this care. The hospital will also provide hands-on education for CSU veterinary students and an opportunity for the public to view surgeries.
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 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 water building (name TBA).
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 an agribusiness consortium with members that include major agricultural commodities companies, educational institutions, government agencies, and others committed to improving and expanding diversity in agribusiness. The consortium sponsors research and provides a platform to share best practices for building future workforce capacity; it will have its permanent home at the CSU Spur food and agriculture building (name TBA).