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Colorado State University & The Lory Student Center

Colorado State University has received 3 STARS Platinum sustainability awards in recognition of its outstanding green initiatives, and has been named one of the most sustainable academic institutions in the country by The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. This commitment to sustainability, community and its land-grant mission make it the perfect host venue for the upcoming Tourism Naturally Conference.  Socials can either be hosted within the Lory Student Center, at one of the many meeting rooms around campus, at Canvas Stadium’s New Belgium Porch or at Canvas Stadium’s indoor Stadium Club. In essence, the Lory Student Center (“LSC”) is a gathering place for the campus community – an inclusive place for students, faculty, staff, and the world at large to come to exchange ideas, work, learn, and socialize. Just like the Tourism Naturally conference itself, the heart of Colorado State University lies within its understanding of the needs and values of humans, society, and culture as it relates to the natural environment (and tourism). 

Easy Access to Downtown

Situated in the center of campus, the LSC lies within walking distance to on-campus conference lodging and dining, the Best Western University Inn, The Hilton Fort Collins, and within easy bussing distance from several other hotels in Fort Collins in the city’s iconic Old Town district. TransFort Public Transportation has a bus station serving multiple routes directly at the LSC, as well as a MaxLine Route that connects at regular intervals to downtown locations. The Best Western University Inn also offers free bike rental, and Bird E-Scooters are available throughout town.  

We look forward to welcoming you to campus and Fort Collins!

Land Acknolwedgement

Colorado State University acknowledges, with respect, that the land we are on today is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations and peoples. This was also a site of trade, gathering, and healing for numerous other Native tribes. We recognize the Indigenous peoples as original stewards of this land and all the relatives within it. As these words of acknowledgment are spoken and heard, the ties Nations have to their traditional homelands are renewed and reaffirmed.

CSU is founded as a land-grant institution, and we accept that our mission must encompass access to education and inclusion. And, significantly, that our founding came at a dire cost to Native Nations and peoples whose land this University was built upon. This acknowledgment is the education and inclusion we must practice in recognizing our institutional history, responsibility, and commitment.

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