University of Colorado officials -- during a meeting with city leaders on Tuesday -- gave an update of campus achievements, reporting that faculty are among the most productive in the nation when it comes to research, the student body is becoming more diverse and energy use on campus is shrinking.
During the town-gown meeting on CU's campus, university officials showed city leaders that nearly half of U.S. research output is generated by 25 universities, including CU.
CU hosted the meeting with city leaders to keep them apprised of university goals, accomplishments and economic contributions to the city -- ranging from enrollment updates, new sustainability features and the student government's goal to end the annual 4/20 pot smoke-out that has drawn crowds of more than 10,000 in past years.
Overall, CU's fiscal impact on the state last year totaled $5.3 billion, officials said. The Boulder campus alone last fiscal year pumped $1.5 billion into the local economy. Student spending brings $318.7 million to the Boulder area and visitors spend another $16.2 million annually, according to the university's presentation.