This episode of CultureKlatsch dives into the complex relationship between Denverites and their environment. Specifically, this work explores the dynamic between Colorado's cultural values towards the outdoors versus the actions done to preserve the environment. It looks at the language used to promote "green" culture and the steps being taken (or that have been taken) to show an appreciation for the Rocky Mountains and plains.
We talk to several CU Denver professors--Dr. Rachel Gross from the History Department, Professor Kirsten Christensen and Dr. Benjamin Crawford from the Environmental Science Department, and Dr. Michelle Comstock from the English Department--for their expert opinion on the concepts of green marketing, environmental rhetoric, and urban sustainability or resilience. We explore the history of environmental consciousness and pursue an understanding in our present-day relationship with our environment.
Anderson, Corinne. “A Glimpse into Denver’s Sustainable Future.” 303Magazine, 16 March 2021.
Cammack, Becca., Bekins, Lynn K., & Krug, Allison., “From Concept to Action: Do
Environmental Regulations Promote Sustainability?” Environmental Rhetoric and Ecologies of Place edited by Peter N. Goggin, 2013, 174-186.
Christensen, Kirsten. Personal Interview. 2 March 2022.
City and County of Denver. “Climate Action, Sustainability, & Resiliency.” 2022.
Comstock, Michelle. Personal Interview. 11 April 2022.
Crawford, Benjamin. Personal Interview. 16 March 2022.
Finley, Bruce. “As development eats away at Denver’s green space, the ‘city within a park’ is becoming a concrete metropolis.” The Denver Post, 13 Jan 2019.
Gross, Rachel. Personal Interview. 16 March 2022.
Kirsch, Gesa E. “A Land Ethic for Urban Dwellers.” Environmental Rhetoric and Ecologies of Place edited by Peter N. Goggin, 2013, 69-83.
Kohler, Judith. “How green is Colorado? News report says middling at best.” The Denver Post, 16 April 2021.
Senda-Cook, Samantha., & Endres, Danielle., “A Place of One’s Own.” Environmental Rhetoric and Ecologies of Place edited by Peter N. Goggin, 2013, 143-154.
Williams, Deborah. L., & Brandt, Elizabeth. A., “Sense of Place, Identity, and Cultural Continuity in an Arizona Community.” Environmental Rhetoric and Ecologies of Place edited by Peter N. Goggin, 2013, 42-53.