Centers & Institutes

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

World Wide Views on Climate Change and Energy

Following the June 6, 2015 World Wide Views on Climate and Energy ‘Day of Deliberation’ event, this GCRT will convene an interdisciplinary team to discuss results from the event and to conduct academic research projects on citizen engagement and public opinion on climate change and energy issues.

[Over]Consumption: The Culprit Causing an Environmental Crisis in Your Closet

This multidisciplinary research team seeks to create, expand, and publicize the sustainable impact of the overconsumption of soft goods, specifically clothing. The team will direct its efforts to develop sustainable solutions, reduce the magnitude of post-consumer textile landfill wastes, and disseminate findings to the public.