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.

Children in nature


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.

Sarah Kitchen holding a black cat and looking down at it.

Faces of ENVD: Sarah Kitchen, CEDaR intern

Oct. 22, 2020

"Her words, love of cats and endless memes, brings humor and light to the studio space."

Stefi Mitova

Stefi Mitova, CEDaR doctoral student affiliate, delivers PhD defense

Oct. 10, 2020

Doctoral student Stefi Mitova successfully defended her dissertation, “Integrating Electric Vehicles and Solar Photovoltaics into Smart Cities with Smart Charging and Storage: Energy, Economic, and Environmental Impact Analysis Using Systems Engineering Methods.”

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.