(Barlow, Melinda B - 2006) -- Best Should Teach Award
Lisa Barlow epitomizes both the spirit and the reality of service integrated with teaching through the sustainability courses she teaches in the Baker Residential Academic Program. Her courses “Creating a Sustainable Future” and “Sustainable Solutions Consulting” have emerged from Barlow’s scientific understanding of the environmental challenges the world is facing. Barlow creates of hands-on environmental learning opportunities for CU-Boulder students, combining learning with service through a variety of student-led projects—including composting and recycling efforts and other initiatives in support of the university’s campus-wide commitment to conservation and sustainability. Through these projects, Barlow and her students have worked with such campus groups as Dining Services, Facilities Management, and the Environmental Center. Their efforts led to the use of greener cleaning chemicals in campus maintenance and the serving of fair trade coffee by Dining Services. Barlow’s creative and resourceful approach has helped change the behavior and practices on the Boulder campus in terms of energy use, use of sustainable materials, and elimination of toxic and other undesirable materials. She joined the university in 1994.