Centers and Institutes: Sustainable Communities

Colorado State University is a leader in sustainable community research.


Public Lands History Center

The Public Lands History Center (PLHC) in the College of Liberal Arts fosters the production of historical knowledge through collaborative engagement with institutions responsible for the sustainable stewardship of protected areas, water, and other critical resources. PLHC investigators and graduate students provide expertise in environmental history, historic preservation, Native American history, social history, museum studies, and cultural resource management. Ongoing research projects are funded by the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, and the City of Fort Collins.
 
Website: http://publiclands.colostate.edu/
 
Director: Mark Fiege

Research Institute for New Energy and the Environment

Colorado State University and East China Normal University in Shanghai have formed a Joint Research Institute for New Energy and the Environment that will capitalize on strengths of the two institutions to develop new energy solutions and help deal with the impact of energy on climate, air quality, land use and water resources. East China Normal University is one of Colorado State’s strategic partners in China with collaboration on student exchange programs and research initiatives in everything from music to clean energy.

More information: http://www.today.colostate.edu/story.aspx?id=5824

Co-Director: Junhao Chu, East China Normal University
Co-Director: Bryan Willson, Colorado State University
Executive Director: Wei Gao, Colorado State University

Rocky Mountain Center for Crop Biosecurity

The center provided early detection, rapid diagnosis and response to potential acts of crop bioterrorism against plants and crops in the Rocky Mountain area and adjacent High Plains.

Co-Director: Howard Schwartz
Co-Director: William Brown Jr.

Scenario Planning Institute

The purpose of the Scenario Planning Institute is to create new knowledge about scenario planning and advance scenario-planning practices through research, focused projects and capacity building. Scenario planning is a discipline for developing multiple imagined futures in which decisions about the future can be played out, for the purposes of changing thinking, improving decision-making, fostering human and organization learning and improving performance.

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

Director: Thomas Chermack
Co-Director: Susan Lynham

Sustainable Bioenergy Development Center (SBDC)

Several factors are driving the search for sustainable alternative energy sources:  projections of increased demand and decreased supply of petroleum, concerns about increasing greenhouse gas levels, and the desire for increased domestic energy production. Colorado State University has created the Sustainable Bioenergy Development Center (SBDC) to address these needs and achieve the goal of energy production that is economically and environmentally sustainable.

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

Director: Kenneth F. Reardon

Water Center

The Water Center at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins serves as a focal point to coordinate, leverage and enhance water related research, teaching and outreach at Colorado State University. Colorado State University provides one of the most water ‘rich’ research and educational settings available anywhere in the world. There are 22 departments at Colorado State University that house over 100 faculty who apply their disciplines to water issues and problems. The faculty teach over 150 water-related courses at the senior and graduate levels. In addition, CSU faculty and staff are engaged in solving water resources problems across the globe.

Website: http://watercenter.colostate.edu/

Director: Reagan Waskom

Western Center for Integrated Resource Management

Modern agricultural production and land resource management requires sustainability, profitability and innovation. To train future managers, CSU created the Western Center for Integrated Resource Management. The long term goal of the Western Center is to “improve the competitive position and sustainability of independent livestock producers and the economic and environmental health of rural communities.”

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

Director: Gordon Niswender

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