Local residents build a stairway in Medellín, Colombia

From schools to streets: How the pandemic is helping us reimagine built environments

Nov. 18, 2021

What opportunities exist to rethink how we live to not only combat COVID-19 but also address climate change, human health and other issues? The Program in Environmental Design is tackling these questions through innovative projects that do everything from improve spaces for outdoor learning to rethinking streetscapes.

A speaker on the main stage of COP26

COP26: How this climate summit was different, and what needs to happen next

Nov. 16, 2021

The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties recently came to an end, and participants came away with the Glasgow Climate Pact––a rulebook for complying with the 2015 Paris Agreement. Leaders must now follow through.

Woman outside in winter

Ask an expert: Staying COVID-safe this coming holiday, winter season

Nov. 15, 2021

It's important to reduce one’s risk of contracting and spreading the COVID-19 virus. Learn from expert Shelly Miller about the ways we can all help reduce our risk and keep our communities safe.

Alex Honnold speaks in Macky Auditorium

Free solo climber Alex Honnold credits planning, perspective for his remarkable feats

Nov. 3, 2021

Honnold completed the first-ever ropeless ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan. In his talk Monday night, he shared the elements required to accomplish this peak moment and how each of the challenges along the way led to his eventual success.

The events center in Glascow, Scotland. (Photo from PxHere)

What is the COP26 climate conference and why does it matter?

Nov. 1, 2021

Thousands are now gathered for what is known as COP26, a significant international conference on climate change. Countries must decide how they will act to limit global warming to no more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels.

Members of INSTAAR, the University of Maryland and TOFWERK group photo in a hangar

Hunting for emissions thousands of feet up

Oct. 27, 2021

Recent scientific flights above the Front Range will help scientists and policymakers cut unnecessary emissions, reduce greenhouse gases and help local residents breathe better.

UV light

Specific UV light wavelength could offer low-cost, safe way to curb COVID-19 spread

Oct. 4, 2021

A specific wavelength of ultraviolet light is not only extremely effective at killing the virus that causes COVID-19, but is also safer for use in public spaces, finds new CU Boulder research.

Apples growing on an apple tree on the CU Boulder campus.

Participate in a historic (and tasty) science project this fall

Sept. 22, 2021

Join the Boulder Apple Tree Project this weekend to help preserve a unique local legacy, taste test apples and learn about the history of apple trees in the Front Range.

NEST Studio for the Arts

NEST mural quest takes public art to new level

Sept. 9, 2021

Seven science-inspired, larger-than-life artworks are welcoming students, staff and faculty back to campus this fall. Take and share photos of them through Oct. 10 for a chance to win a $50 gift card at the CU Boulder Bookstore.

cloth face masks

Don’t throw that cloth mask away yet—it still works

Sept. 9, 2021

New research finds that washing and drying cotton cloth masks doesn’t reduce their ability to filter out viral particles.

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