Centers & Institutes

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.


Director: John Moore

North Central Climate Science Center

To provide the best available climate science and tools to inform natural resource management within the North Central domain.


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.
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.

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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.

Rural Energy Center

Colorado State University Extension and CSU’s College of Engineering established the Rural energy Center in order to “empower agricultural producers in Colorado to make environmentally and financially sound energy decisions”. 
Co-Director: Mike Kostrzewa
Co-Director: Cary Weiner

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.


Director: Thomas Chermack
Co-Director: Susan Lynham

Shortgrass Steppe Long-Term Ecological Research

The SGS-LTER site is part of a network of long-term research sites supported by the National Science Foundation. The 26 network sites represent diverse ecosystems and research emphases, while maintaining a common mission and sharing expertise, data and infrastructure for cross-site research.

Social Sciences in Air Quality, Climate, and Health Research

This research team will study linkages between pollution and other aspects of air quality, climate change, and public health, with engagement from the social sciences to better understand human choices and behavior, improve communication of risks associated with poor air quality, and devise solutions to improve human health.

Southern Rockies Fire Science Network

The Southern Rocky Fire Science Network was formed to facilitate collaboration between science practitioners and communities of science information users. The SRFSN includes Colorado and south central Wyoming. The SRFSN is sponsored by the Joint Fire Science Program, which also sponsors thirteen other fire science consortia.


Program Coordinator: Gloria Edwards

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.


Director: Kenneth F. Reardon

Urban Water Center

The Urban Water Center at Colorado State University was created in 1999 to foster education and research in the field of urban water management. Please browse this website to learn more about us and our work. We welcome you to reference any publications and encourage implementation of our ideas and findings as we work towards developing better urban water systems that benefit both humans and the environment.

Director: Dr. Sybil Sharvelle

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.


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.”


Director: Gordon Niswender