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Luz Galicia: "We didn't have any option, but to fight"

May 21, 2021

Struggling to support herself and her two daughters, Luz Galicia moved from her large house to a manufactured home. A year and a half later the park's landlord decided to sell the property, displacing 100 families. Luz now works to educate and empower park residents.

Tom Sundro Lewis points to his home

Remodeled residence 'perfect' for owner of manufactured home

April 16, 2021

In 2005 a trailer slated for the dump was transported to Mapleton Mobile Home Park in Boulder and renovated there. Built by more than 50 CU Boulder students, the Trailer Wrap project held lessons for future project-based learning, including a CEDaR-led manufactured home renovation planned for this summer or fall, depending on the state of the pandemic.

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.

People with masks on organizing food at a food bank.

CEDaR food bank project helps with logistical issues during pandemic

March 5, 2021

In this collaboration between the city of Denver and the university, the Community Engagement, Design and Research Center (CEDaR) and the Denver Department of Health & Environment are jointly tackling how to best manage information and activities among dozens of small and large Denver food banks during times of increased demand.

A drawing of a bee by a Colorado license plate

Contest opens for designing new Colorado pollinator license plate

March 4, 2021

Pollinator-themed designs are now being accepted for a new Colorado license plate honoring bees. Pollinators are necessary for many crops and sustain many of the wildflowers and flowering trees and shrubs on Colorado’s wildlands, says Louise Chawla, CEDaR fellow and professor emerita in the Program in Environmental Design. Chawla serves on the leadership committee of People and Pollinators Action Network, a statewide group that works for healthy ecosystems and biodiverse habitat for pollinators.

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.”

Graphic of what a bee pollinator license plate might look like

New Colorado pollinator license plate needs signatures

Jan. 8, 2021

Do you love bees and want to help them? You can make a difference by showing your support for a new Colorado pollinator license plate. This month the state legislature is considering a new special license plate that will support conservation efforts throughout the state to protect pollinators. The initiative...

Children in nature

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Jan. 7, 2021

Louise Chawla, environmental psychologist and CEDaR fellow, recently completed a review that brings two bodies of research together: one on connecting children and adolescents with nature, and the second on supporting healthy coping when they realize they are part of a planet in peril. The review shows that when children and adolescents feel connected to nature, they are more likely to report good health and a sense of well-being, more likely to get high scores for creative thinking, and more inclined to show cooperative, helping behaviors. On the flip side, city families stuck indoors during COVID-19 reported mounting stress and deteriorating behavior in their children.

Heatherwood Elementary School children study the ecosystem and offer recommendations for nature discovery at the City of Boulder's Wood Brothers property

Growing Up Boulder, a CEDaR program, nationally recognized for finding innovative ways to bring children back to school safely during the pandemic

Nov. 13, 2020

GUB Director Mara Mintzer presented to the National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative, which supports schools and districts nationwide to develop outdoor spaces as cost-effective tools for keeping schools open during a pandemic.

Children sitting around a table.

Growing Up Boulder, a CEDaR program, featured in 'Britannica for Parents' podcast

Nov. 12, 2020

Early-childhood experts often like to say that a child’s environment is one of their most important teachers. But what can our built environments learn from children? In this "Raising Curious Learners" episode of "Britannica for Parents," Mara Mintzer, co-founder and director of Growing Up Boulder, discusses the importance of involving young people in the city planning process.

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