GUB Director Mara Mintzer listens to third grader share her ideas.

CEDaR's Growing Up Boulder program spins off as a nonprofit

March 11, 2021

For the past 12 years Growing Up Boulder was a part of CU Boulder's  Community Engagement, Design and Research (CEDaR) Center. Now one of the most successful child-friendly city initiatives in the world, GUB is transitioning to an independent nonprofit, a model for how the university can develop, nurture and then spin off nonprofit activities.

Louise Chawla

Louise Chawla gives opening speech for Strasbourg's Festival of Early Infancy

Feb. 24, 2021

In February 2021, Louise Chawla, CEDaR fellow and professor emerita in the Program in Environmental Design, was invited to give an opening speech for a weeklong Festival of Early Infancy (birth to 6 year olds) in the city of Strasbourg, France on the topic of “Connecting Children with Nature to Foster Wellbeing and a Caring Relationship with the Natural World.”

Mara Mintzer shows children from the Uni-Hill School the child-friendly map.

Colorado Public Radio: Building child-friendly cities

Jan. 23, 2020

In an interview with Colorado Public Radio, hear Mara Mintzer, director of Growing Up Boulder, speak about the creation of the nation's first "child-friendly city map."

Three children hold red frames around an abandoned cart in a playground, signifying they don't like to see carts in their playgrounds.

What happens when kids help

March 15, 2019

Greater Good magazine talks with Mara Mintzer, director of Growing Up Boulder, about how GUB incorporates children’s ideas into city planning for friendlier, greener and more inclusive spaces.

Cover of the Placemaking book.

Q&A: CEDaR Fellow Louise Chawla shares her passion for children’s involvement in shaping their communities

Sept. 24, 2018

"Placemaking with Children and Youth: Participatory Practices for Planning Sustainable Communities," which was released Sept. 17 by New Village Press, was written by three women with strong ties to CU Boulder's Community, Engagement Design and Research Center (CEDaR).

Parents walking with kids in strollers in Vancouver Park

Bringing Up Baby...Downtown

July 28, 2018

Sidewalk Labs looks at how North American cities are turning to a suite of planning and design innovations to keep families. This includes Boulder, Colorado, where Growing Up Boulder asks kids themselves what they want, and the city incorporates its tiniest residents' ideas into transportation and other municipal plans.

Carson Byerhof explains his poster to an attendee

Student projects revitalizing The Hill focus of Dec. 15 open house

Dec. 7, 2017

Colorado MetroLab, a partnership between CU Boulder and Colorado city governments, organized a design workshop where CU Boulder environmental design (ENVD) students, neighborhood residents and elementary school students gave their ideas for revitalizing Boulder's University Hill area.

Mara Mintzer

Boulder's Plan to Become a Child- and Youth-Friendly City

June 14, 2017

Growing Up Boulder and the city of Boulder, Colorado, are actively involving all stakeholders to make it a child- and youth-friendly city.

Two teens riding bikes.

Getting around town through the eyes of teens

June 1, 2017

BikeLife Boulder looks at a partnership between Growing Up Boulder and GO Boulder that gives teens a voice in shaping transportation improvements in the East Arapahoe corridor.

Jane Brautigam

Jane Brautigam, Boulder city manager: I love it when local government connects with kids and adolescents

May 17, 2017