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Dedicated to supporting students and faculty working on Climate Action.

Climate Action Fund Supports

Climate Action Expo

Climate Summit Event - SS22 Sustainability Solutions Summit

Climate Action Expo is hosted by Mission Zero and is held annual on the CU Boulder's campus in April. In 2022 over 50 students exhibited climate projects and over 1,000 peope were in attendance.

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C3BC Fund

Beth Osnes Faculty - Green Suits Your Fashuion

Green Suits your Fashion was enacted in the Spring of 2021 with an upper-division undergraduate Creative Climate Communication and Behavior Change (C3BC) class at the University of Colorado Boulder that integrates climate solutions into a theatre program.

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CMCI College Fund


The College of Media, Communication, & Information (CMCI) is an interdisciplinary college committed to giving today’s communicators a wider variety of knowledge, skills, and experience.

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Climate Across The Curriculum

roubdbari s22 class exhibit

A faculty workshop to learn, brainstorm, and practice in a cross-disciplinary context about implementing major climate change topics into existing curriculum.

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PWR Facaulty Training

Curriculum - Program for Writing & Rhetoric

PWR (Program for Writing & Rhetoric) leaders training faculty members on strategies and techniques for conveying powerful messages about climate change into their existing writing courses.

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New Course Development

Poster_Environmental Racism Course

In a new ENVS course, Confronting Environmental Racism, students will be able to learn how to use critical tools, frameworks, and analytics to deeply reflect on and practice a just and equitable environmental science.

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Climate Justice Action Plan


The plan focused on short- term goals to improve CU Boulder’s carbon emissions trajectory as soon as possible with a plan to develop a long-term strategy in the future.

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New Venture Challenge

Event - NVC Agraaze New Venture Challenge
Credit: Omar Kaheel

Mission Zero partnered with CU’s New Venture Challenge Program to assist students in bringing their climate solutions to market.

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Changing Skies Journal

Changing Skies

Comprising student writing on climate change, Changing Skies aims to amplify student voices in the climate movement by publishing creative nonfiction writing on climate change — that is, true stories told creatively.

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The Climate Action Fund was established in response to Chancellor DiStefano’s Call to Climate Action.  It provides the opportunity for donors to support the work of CU Boulder faculty and students working on climate action.  Donors can support existing programs or can donate to the general fund and have the Executive Committee prioritize the use of funds.

The Chancellor's Call to Climate Action

The imperative to address climate change has never been greater. CU Boulder is well positioned to address this challenge as a decades-long leader in campus sustainability. Our work together will make our university a beacon of hope and innovation for communities around the world.

Managed by the CU Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee for the Climate Action Fund at CU Boulder is comprised of members representing University of Colorado administration, faculty, students, and community leaders.

Kris Karnauskas, Mission Zero, CIRES AND ATOC
Kris Karnauskas
Heidi VanGenderen
Heidi VanGenderen
Dave Newport
Dave Newport
Chloe Nicklas
Chloe Nicklas

Student Body President
CU Boulder

John Cunningham
John Cunningham

Gibb Rocky Mountain

Scott King
Scott King

Mission Zero

The CU Boulder Climate Action Fund  is part of the University of Colorado Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit supporting the work of the University of Colorado.  For more information on the foundation, you can visit their website.

Donate with a Credit Card:

Go to the Climate Action Fund donation page

Specify which program you would like to donate to in the comment section

Donate with a Giving Account or E-Check:

CU Foundation Tax ID: 84-6049811

Donate over the Phone:

+1 (303) 541-1290

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm MT

Mail a check:

  1. Make the check payable to:
    • The University of Colorado Foundation
  2. Add a memo line that the money is to be used for the Climate Action Fund (aka, Mission Zero Fund):
    • Fund Name: Mission Zero Fund for Environmental Initiatives
    • Campus: CU Boulder
    • Allocation Code: 0122436
  3. Mail your check to
    • University of Colorado Foundation
      P.O. Box 17126
      Denver, CO 80217-9155

For convenience, you can use this template for your donation

For additional help on ways to give, contact: , (303) 541-1290