Centers and Institutes: Sustainable Communities

Colorado State University is a leader in sustainable community research.

Center for Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise (CASE)

The Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise (CASE) stands at the intersections of the academy and industry, science and the marketplace, past and future. Applied, as opposed to theoretical, CASE delivers actionable knowledge at an operational level through a variety of programs.


Director: Carl Hammerdorfer

Center for Disaster and Risk Analsysis

The Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis (CDRA) at Colorado State University is dedicated to reducing the harm and losses caused by natural, technological, and human-caused disasters. Central to achieving this goal is learning how social inequality impacts the ability of marginalized groups to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disaster.

This center is currently in a reorganizational status. Until the center is operational again, feel free to email Sam Zahran for further information.

Co-Director: Sammy Zahran -

Center for Environmental Medicine

The Colorado State University Center for Environmental Medicine is bringing together global partners and research partners from fields as diverse as environmental sciences, biological sciences, and chemistry, to address significant challenges in environmental toxicology that may affect human health.


Director: Bill Hanneman

Center for Fair and Alternative Trade

CFAT projects & publications focus on local, national, & global market-based approaches to alleviating poverty & promoting sustainable development.


Co-Director: Douglas Murray
Co-Director: Laura Raynolds

Center for Marketing and Social Issues

The Center for Marketing and Social Issues conducts transformative research and training and engages in service projects that address social issues through the application of marketing principles and techniques.


Director: Kathleen Kelley

Center for Protected Area Management and Training

Sound management, provided by trained professionals, and citizen support will ensure the maintenance of these important areas which anchor the success of nature conservation into the 21st century. The Center for Protected Area Management & Training was formed to assist protected area professionals in strengthening the management of the world's protected areas and adjacent lands.


Co-Director: Jim Barborak
Co-Director: Ryan Finchum

Center for Sustainable Integrated Pest Management in Colorado

The IPM program is focused on management of pests in production agricultural systems, natural resources and recreational environments, and residential and public areas.


Director: Deborah Young

Center for the New Energy Economy

The Center for the New Energy Economy, established in 2011, is a national policy center focused on building the new energy economy. Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter serves as director for the Center, as well as and Senior Scholar within CSU's School of Global Environmental Sustainability. The Center for the New Energy Economy, including salaries, is completely funded by private support, initially from the San Francisco-based Energy Foundation and the Fort Collins-based Bohemian Foundation.


Director: Bill Ritter, Jr.

Changing Climates at CSU

The Changing Climates Initiative is a campuswide project launched in 2007 and supported by faculty and researchers from every CSU college, whose interests and research unite around climate change. This effort helps faculty infuse information and research on climate content into their courses in all majors and disciplines. It also provides seminars to train faculty and staff on climate change topics.


Co-Director: SueEllen Campbell
Co-Director: John Calderazzo

Colorado Water Institute

The mission of the Colorado Water Institute is to connect all of Colorado's higher education expertise to the research and education needs of Colorado water managers and users.


Director: Reagan Waskom