Centers and Institutes: Sustainable Communities

Colorado State University is a leader in sustainable community research.


Crops for Health

This is a unique transdisciplinary research program with the goal to improve the disease prevention characteristics of food crops, thereby rescuing chronic disease morbidity and mortality. The focus of the program is on the major staple crops of the world’s population, but specialty crops are also investigated. The program deals with problems at the interface of agriculture and human health, and one critical step to assist with the developing of sustainable solutions to these global problems will be the Crops for Health Research Working Groups.

Website: http://www.cropsforhealth.colostate.edu/

Principal Investigators – Elizabeth Ryan, Clinical Sciences; Henry Thompson, Horticulture; and Barbara Wallner, School of Education.

Educating for Sustainability, Peace, and Reconciliation: Managing the Conflicts of Human Needs and Place with Finite Resources

As a Research Working Group for the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, this group will write and field test a number of case studies for use in classes across campus and with the general public about the threat of conflict and violence around natural resources issues and what constructive alternatives exist that support improved communication, deeper learning, critical and creative analyses, and cooperative possibilities.

Principal Investigators - William M. Timpson, School of Education; Louise Jennings, School of Education; Nathalie Kees, School of Education; and Leah Sprain, Communication Studies

Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory

The EECL is now entering its second decade of delivering significant, meaningful solutions to meet the global energy challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century, providing our students and researchers the experience and tools for a lifetime of contribution. With a focus towards market driven solutions, products developed at the EECL in partnership with our Industrial Sponsors have reduced pollution in the atmosphere by millions of tons and have saved over 14 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

Website: http://eecl.colostate.edu

Director: Bryan Willson
Co-Director: Morgan DeFoort

Environmental Governance Working Group

The Environmental Governance Working Group is a multi-disciplinary community of scholars seeking to advance research on issues of environmental governance and sustainability.

Website: http://egwg.colostate.edu

Principal Investigators - Michele Betsill, Department of Political Science; Tony Cheng, Department of Forest, Rangeland and Watershed Stewardship; and Pete Taylor, Department of Sociology.

Institute for Society, Landscape, and Ecosystem Change (ISLEC)

The ISLEC research working group allows faculty from across CSU to combine their expertise to address complex land-use problems such as deforestation, urbanization, the wildland/urban interface, desertification, and land degradation. Scientists use many tools including social and ecological computer modeling techniques and geographical information systems to better understand past and present land-use to predict future implications for both humans and ecosystems.

Website: http://www.islec.colostate.edu

Principal Investigators - Kathleen Galvin, Anthropology; Chris Fisher, Anthropology

Institute for the Built Environment

The Institute for the Built Environment (IBE), founded in 1994 at CSU, is a multidisciplinary institute whose mission is to foster stewardship and sustainability of natural and built environments through research-based, interdisciplinary educational forums.

Website: http://www.ibe.colostate.edu/

Director: Brian Dunbar

Institute for the Study of Energy and our Future

The Institute for the Study of Energy and Our Future, formed in fall 2008, is an organization that facilitates research on, and coordinates education about, energy issues and their impact on society and policy. ISEOF was founded as part of the Clean Energy Supercluster and includes members of the departments of Political Science, Economics, and Sociology. ISEOF sponsors workshops, outreach projects, and other public events.

Website: http://www.iseof.org/

Director: Kyle Saunders

LENSES (Living Environments in Natural, Social, and Economic Systems)

LENSES (Living Environments in Natural, Social, and Economic Systems) is designed to lead teams through planning, designing and implementing transformative change to address pressing environmental, social and economic issues stemming from the built environment.

Website: http://www.ibe.colostate.edu/lenses.aspx

Principal Investigators - Brian Dunbar and Lenora Bohren, both with the Institute for the Built Environment

National Center for Vehicle Emissions Control and Safety

The National Center for Vehicle Emissions Control and Safety (NCVECS) at CSU is the only national university-based center dedicated to research and training related to the control and testing of motor vehicle emissions.

Director: Lenora Bohren

Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory is an interdisciplinary ecology research and teaching unit at Colorado State University.  Our mission is to improve understanding of the complex interactions between humans, management activities, and ecosystems.

Website: http://nrel.colostate.edu

Director: John Moore

Pages