The partners developed the Green Infrastructure Decision Tool, an innovative, data-rich forecasting and decision-making tool that assesses the effects of growth and climate change on built and natural urban surfaces. Based on the data and recommendations from CU Boulder, Denver’s Green Infrastructure Group is moving forward with policy change recommendations that address actual problems and drivers versus a more traditional trial-and-error approach. The tool won MetroLab Network's March 2019 "Innovation of the Month" award, given to outstanding projects nationwide that involve local government and university partners.

CEDaR supports two dissertations and three funded research projects related to spatial assessment and modeling of green infrastructure. These projects involve high resolution measurement and evaluation of green infrastructure patterns. 

  • Community Flood Measurement (Zoe Pasternack, staff scientist at CMS Environmental Solutions; Oscar Saucedo, CEDaR research associate; Fahriye Sancar, professor emerita of urban and regionalplanning and environmental design) – survey and community-based evaluation of location and effect of surface flooding. 

  • Assessing Contaminant Loading from Run-Off (Benjamin Harden, CEDaR research associate; Brian Muller, ENVD associate professor; JoAnn Silverstein, professor, environmental engineering; ChaseWalman, CEDaR intern; Merritt Burnham, CEDaR intern) – model of contaminant loading. 

  • Phenology and Urban Development (Carol Wessman, ENVS program director; Mehdi Heris, postdoctoral fellow, University of Colorado Denver; Brian Muller, ENVD associate professor) – effect of seasonality on landscape pattern. 

  • Neighborhood Shade Planning (Sara Tabatabaie dissertation) 

  • Microclimate Simulation (Mehdi Heris dissertation) 

 

Associated Researchers: Brian Muller, ENVD associate professor; Sarah Anderson, green infrastructure program manager for the City and County of Denver