Published: April 15, 2018

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Colorado communities face an array of challenges over the next decade: rapid population growth; demand for vital and green neighborhoods; affordability; adaptation to climate change; emerging transportation technologies; and aging infrastructure. Join us for the second annual Community Building Colorado-Style conference to discuss creative solutions and opportunities for university partnerships. Topics include urban design and revitalization strategies, incentives for creative industries, green and efficient infrastructure systems, new community engagement approaches, and use of innovative technologies in data, analytics and building and energy systems.  

The conference brings together leaders from neighborhoods, towns, cities and the University of Colorado Boulder to build bridges between local governments, practitioners and CU Boulder researchers. Speakers and panelists will discuss innovations to encourage small businesses, smart city technologies, creative districts, mobile and manufactured housing communities, and citizen and youth engagement in city design. 

​The event is sponsored by CU Boulder’s Community Engagement, Design and Research Center (CEDaR), Colorado Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and Downtown Colorado Inc. (DCI).


                                      REGISTER NOW!  2018 Community Building Colorado-Style Conference


Call for posters!

Share your research/creative work with an interested audience, receive feedback from colleagues, and identify and connect with future collaborators by participating in the poster call for Research & Innovation Week for our Community Building Colorado-Style conference. 
Information: (For poster session, choose "Friday, October 19th (11:55 a.m.–1:10 p.m.) at SEEC as part of the Community Building Colorado-Style Conference.")


If you go

Who: Local government and nonprofit staff, planners and designers, faculty and researchers, students and many others.

What: Community Building Colorado-Style Conference
           Conference agenda

Where: SEEC Building, 4001 Discovery Dr., Boulder

When: Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Conference registration is $30 and includes lunch, beverages and snacks; Scholarships are available for students, but students must pre-register to attend. Presenters are free, but they must choose the "presenter" button when registering.

Optional Reception: Oct. 18, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th St., Boulder.  The night before the conference, please join the Community Engagement Design and Research Center (CEDaR) for a reception celebrating the restoration of the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. Network with Community Building Colorado-Style conference attendees and speakers and see the work of the artisan, a visiting CEDaR scholar from Tajikistan, who is working with ENVD and CEDaR interns and students to restore the inside and outside of this beautiful and popular Boulder landmark.  Registration is $15 and includes appetizers, desserts, coffee, tea and soft drinks, and a cash bar will be available. Everyone is welcome, but registration is required.

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Read more about last year's conference

2017 Conference Program       


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Co-sponsored by CU’s Office of Outreach and Engagement, and the Environmental Design Program.