Two children walking in the woods

Childhood connection to nature has many benefits but is not universally positive, finds review

Aug. 10, 2020

A literature review by Louise Chawla, professor emerita at the University of Colorado Boulder and CEDaR fellow, finds that children are happier and more likely to protect the natural world when they have a greater connection to it, but this connection is complex and can also generate negative emotions linked to issues like climate change. The review was published in the British Ecological Society Journal People and Nature.

Louise Chawla

Louise Chawla, CEDaR fellow, receives SHIFT award

Aug. 7, 2020

Louise Chawla, professor emerita in the Program in Environmental Design and CEDaR fellow, received a 2020 SHIFT (Shaping How We Invest for Tomorrow) Award for Research for her investigations of connections between access to nature, children’s health and wellbeing, and childhood sources of lifelong care for the natural world.

Man looks at seating area and woman in the background sits in an area that looks like layers of geologic rock, providing a passive educational experience.

Student designs to be incorporated in Longmont's St. Stephen's Plaza

July 10, 2020

In a university-city partnership organized by CEDaR, the Longmont Downtown Development Authority plans to use designs created by CU Boulder ENVD students to help transform St. Stephen's Plaza on Main Street from a little-used space to a creative hub and gathering place.

Screen shot of the new manufactured housing website.

CEDaR develops resource website for residents of manufactured/mobile home communities

June 1, 2020

CU Boulder's Community Engagement, Design and Research Center (CEDaR) recently unveiled a website providing essential information that supports residents of Colorado mobile/manufactured home (MH) owners, including information useful during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manufactured housing in a manufactured housing park.

In partnership with the Colorado Health Foundation, CEDaR assists manufactured home owners

June 1, 2020

Through a generous commitment from the Colorado Health Foundation, our work with the Colorado Coalition of Manufactured Home Owners (CoCoMHO) is helping renters and owners of manufactured housing in Colorado play an active role in policy discussions regarding protections of Colorado’s more than 900 mobile home parks.

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."

Speaker does a presentation at the Squeezed-Out conference

More than 175 participants attend Squeezed Out conference

Jan. 13, 2020

More than 175 participants attended our 2019 Community Building Colorado-Style Conference, entitled, "Squeezed Out: Challenges of Diversity and Affordability in Colorado Communities," which brought together leaders from neighborhoods, towns, cities and the University of Colorado Boulder. The Oct. 25 conference focused on the challenges that Colorado communities face.

Alec Stolz

Winners of 2019 Urban Solutions Design Award announced

Dec. 6, 2019

Winners have been announced for the Urban Solutions Design Award, sponsored by the American Planning Association (APA) and CU Boulder's Community Engagement, Design and Research Center (CEDaR).

View from back of manufactured housing conference.

Manufactured Housing Summit doubles attendance

Nov. 21, 2019

The third Fall Forum for Manufactured Home Owners, planned by CU Boulder's Community Engagement, Design and Research Center (CEDaR) in partnership with other organizations, doubled its attendance over last year. About 90 people attended " Yes We Can! Engaging with Policies for Positive Change in Colorado’s Manufactured Home Communities ,"...

Bee on a flower.

CEDaR helps plan popular Pollinator Summit

Nov. 15, 2019

About 175 people attended the fourth annual Colorado Pollinator Summit, “Protecting Colorado’s Biodiversity," which was planned by the Community Engagement, Design and Research center and others. The Nov. 1 event featured plenary talks and panels on urban neighborhoods, landscaping for biodiversity and holistic farming in Colorado.