Architecture student turns scholarships into community impact

Shane Baldauf, an architecture and environmental design major at CU-Boulder who is dedicated to “green” and affordable housing, has been awarded a prestigious Udall Scholarship.

“Not only is ‘green’ construction good for the environment, but homes that perform more efficiently benefit the occupants too,” said Baldauf. “If you think about it, the people who most need affordable housing are also the ones who need the lowest utility bills, and we’re working to provide that situation through Habitat for Humanity houses.”

Since setting foot on the campus with a Boettcher Scholarship, Baldauf has committed to using the time he would have spent working to pay for college for volunteering. His volunteer work with Flatirons Habitat for Humanity has enriched his interest in sustainable building practices and civic engagement.

Baldauf co-founded the company BOULD, to help affordable housing builders implement sustainability and efficient resource consumption into their construction projects. BOULD implements a program called HabitatPro, which helps integrate U.S. Green Building Council benchmarks called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, standards into Habitat for Humanity construction.

Through HabitatPro, professionals and students working and volunteering grow from experiential learning opportunities. Baldauf is working with Habitat for Humanity affiliates in seven states to help build better homes for deserving families.

The scholarship from the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation is awarded to U.S. sophomores and juniors with a commitment to careers related to the environment, Native American health care, or tribal public policy.

“Students can come out and gain unique, hands-on experience by building LEED homes, while also earning LEED professional credentials,” said Baldauf. “These Habitat houses are some of the most sustainable being built anywhere, and the experience gives participants a leg up in the building design and construction job market.”