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ENVS undergrad, Caitlin O’Neill, starts project to brings sustainability-oriented clubs together at CU Boulder

Nov. 11, 2020

Profound Connections is a CESR project started on campus by Caitlin O’Neill and Cindy Lee that brings sustainability-oriented clubs together at CU Boulder. These clubs are active and ready for more members, even during social distancing! Read more about how to join now.

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Meat substitute miracle that uses 99% less water and land, and emits 99% less carbon dioxide

Nov. 8, 2020

CU grads Tyler Huggins (Ph.D. Environmental Engineering) and Justin Whiteley have formed a successful startup known as Meati Foods in NE Boulder, which grows lab-cultured mycelium indoors in stainless steel tanks, similar to those used to brew beer. The process uses 99% less water and land, and emits 99% less carbon dioxide than conventionally produced animal protein. Meati Foods has already attracted $28.2 million in investment funding and cultivates a scalable protein product that is remarkably similar in texture to steak and chicken cutlets, a viable market competitor to companies like Impossible (burger) and Beyond Meat.

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Exhibition digs into complex social issues of fracking

Oct. 28, 2020

Denise Fernandes, Ph.D. student in Environmental Studies, and photographer Shelby McAuliffe collaborated on a project researching the cultural politics of oil and gas in Boulder and Weld counties.

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LISA - Statistical Collaboration help for Research

Oct. 12, 2020

Get support for statistics and data science in your research from LISA; The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) is a statistics and data science collaboration laboratory at CU Boulder. LISA’s goal is to increase the quantity and quality of statistics and data science applied to advance high-impact research. LISA...

CU community members honored for multi-faceted leadership

Sept. 23, 2020

Three University of Colorado community members have been named recipients of the 2020 Thomas Jefferson Award, among the highest honors bestowed at the state’s largest institution of higher education.

Together with colleagues from the Federal University of Acre, lead author Peter Newton talks with Sr. Dimas in his agroforest on the edge of the Amazonian forest in the state of Acre, Brazil.
ENVS professor leads study of the spatial relationships between people and forests, globally

Sept. 17, 2020

A study led by CU Boulder Assistant Professor, Peter Newton, is the first to tally ‘forest proximate’ humans on earth; numbers, refined terminology may improve the focus of conservation and development.

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New grant supports interdisciplinary research on ‘the critical zone’ and the future of Western water

Sept. 2, 2020

Congratulations to Assistant Professor, Eve Hinckley, and collaborators, Holly Barnard and Katherine Lininger, on their recent NSF grant to support interdisciplinary research on ‘the critical zone’ — from Earth’s bedrock to tree canopy top — in the American West.

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ENVS Professor, Roger Pielke Jr., seeks to find out "How has science shaped COVID-19 policy? " with new NSF RAPID grant

Sept. 1, 2020

Roger Pielke and an international team of investigators will spend the next year scouring public documents, interviewing journalists and political insiders and collecting data to paint a picture of how at least seven countries utilized scientific advice to address the pandemic.

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Agriculture replaces fossil fuels as largest human source of sulfur in the environment

Aug. 10, 2020

Congratulations to Eve-Lyn Hinckley for her new paper out today in Nature Geoscience which identifies fertilizer and pesticide applications to croplands as the largest source of sulfur in the environment—up to 10 times higher than the peak sulfur load seen in the second half of the 20th century, during the days of acid rain.