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.

Water close-up

Denver Water

Denver Water will house its water quality lab at the CSU Spur Hydro building (opening January 2023). 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.

Person giving a high five to a grey tabby cat.

Dumb Friends League

The services the Dumb Friends League provides 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 CSU Spur (inside Vida) offers low-cost veterinary services and spay and neuter surgeries to pets with owners experiencing financial challenges. Additionally, the Dumb Friends League will offer humane education opportunities to inspire children and adults with lessons of compassion, respect, and proper care for animals.

Top down view of bowls of vegetables.

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.

City scape

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 will have its permanent home in the CSU Spur Hydro building.

An equine therapy student on a horse raises his fist in the air.

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.

Man in a hat and button down holds a basket.

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.