Program in Environmental Design

University of Colorado Boulder

Stacey Schulte



Stacey Schulte’s research, practice and teaching aims to help create an environment that is ecologically sustainable and contextually responsive while enhancing personal and community interactions. She has worked in non-profit, government and academic sectors on a range of environmental and land use issues. Her research focuses on designing and planning for urban areas and landscapes that effectively support well-being for all species. Her specific areas of interest include public lands planning, open space preservation and the relationship between urban growth and the natural systems. Recent projects and publications relate to public perception of large-scale conservation projects, economic implications of community design and use of regional trail systems.


  • Ph.D. Studies, 2003-2006, University of Colorado, College of Architecture and Planning. Denver, CO
  • Master of Urban & Regional Planning, 2002, University of Colorado, College of Architecture and Planning. Denver, CO
  • Master of Science in Environmental Policy & Behavior, 2001, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources & Environment. Ann Arbor, MI
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, 1995, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Research Interests

  • Open space design and conservation
  • Hazard mitigation
  • Recreation planning
  • Economic impacts of land use
  • Public perceptions and engagement related to land conservation

Courses Taught

  • 1052 Design and Communication
  • 2120 Urban Design Studio
  • 2130 Landscape Design Studio
  • 4363 Open Space Design
  • 4794 History of Urban Planning & Design

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Local Governments and Risk Reductions: Choice of Wildfire Mitigation Strategies by Counties in the Western United States. 2011. Journal of Planning Education and Research. 31(1):60-73, with B. Muller.

  • Wildfire Risk and Climate Change: The Influence on Homeowner Mitigation Behavior in the Wildland-Urban Interface. 2010. Society and Natural Resources. 23 (5):417-435, with K. Miller.

  • A Meta-Analysis of Cost of Community Service Studies.2009. International Regional Science Review. 23(3):376-399, with M. J. Kotchen.

  • Impervious surfaces and water quality: A review of current literature and its implications for watershed planning. 2002. Journal of Planning Literature, 16(4):499-514. With E. Brabec, E. & P. L. Richards.