On-site partners

CSU Spur has many partners — some permanent and some who are part of rotating programming – that help bring CSU Spur to life and keep programming fresh throughout the year. Check out the amazing organizations that are part of CSU Spur.

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Denver Water

Denver Water houses 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.

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Dumb Friends League

The Dumb Friends League Veterinary Hospital at CSU Spur (inside Vida), advances the League’s mission by providing high-quality and donor-subsidized veterinary services to pets of families who otherwise wouldn’t have access to care. The CSU Spur facility is also a teaching hospital, providing essential veterinary procedures “on view” for the public and hosting 4th year veterinary student externs from CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The League also offers internships at CSU Spur for new veterinary graduates interested in accessible care.

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North American Agricultural Advisory Network

The North American Agricultural Advisory Network (NAAAN) is a formal network supported by high-level agriculture leadership in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. focused on improving, advancing, and linking agricultural advisory services in North America. Through its membership in the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), the NAAAN connects with its counterparts around the world. The NAAAN is hosted by the Colorado State University System and offices out of CSU Spur campus, working to meet global grand challenges around water, food, and health.

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Salazar Center for North American Conservation

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 has its permanent home in the CSU Spur Hydro building.

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Temple Grandin Equine Center

The Temple Grandin Equine Center’s second location of CSU’s equine-assisted services is located in the CSU Spur Vida building. Research is conducted while providing related services to individuals faced with a broad range of special challenges and disabilities. Services include physical, occupational, and speech therapy, behavioral counseling and therapy, and adaptive horsemanship activities.

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Together We Grow

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.

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Water Education Colorado

Water Education Colorado (WEco) is the leading organization for informing and engaging Coloradans on water. Founded as an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit in 2002, as the state was steeped in a historic drought, WEco’s mission is to ensure Coloradans are knowledgeable about key water issues and equipped to make smart decisions for a sustainable water future. WEco works statewide to provide policy-neutral news and informational resources, engaging learning experiences, and empowering leadership programs. WEco’s vision is a vibrant, sustainable and water-aware Colorado, in which people of all backgrounds and perspectives, in all localities, are learning, listening, engaging, and working together on collaborative water solutions.