2015-2016 Global Challenges Research Teams


Above: 2015-2016 Global Challenges Research Teams and Resident Fellows.

Environmental Justice CSU

This research team’s mission is to explore how and why Equity and Environmental Justice are important elements of the study of the environment, public health, and sustainability at CSU. Visit Environmental Justice website for up-to-date information.  

Food Systems Research Group

This research team will facilitate systems-based research to address the challenge of improving global food accessibility while reducing agriculture’s environmental impacts. 2015-2016 activities: Food Systems Fusion, April 2016 ECOL 592: Sustainable Food Systems course, Fall 2015 Open House GCRT poster Thinking Big About Short Chain Food Systems conference, Sept 2015 CSU-led team highlights ways to address global food system challenges, SOURCE article  

Hydraulic Fracturing

This research team will study the potential groundwater and human health impacts of surface spills containing chemicals used for unconventional oil and gas exploration. 2015-2016 activities: Hydraulic Fracturing and EPA meeting, April 2016 Hydraulic Fracturing Open House poster Hydraulic fracturing chemical spills on agricultural land need scrutiny, say CSU researchers, SOURCE story June 2016

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.

EcoDistrict Urban Resiliency Metrics

This research team will develop standardized measures and collect baseline data to create a scientifically rigorous set of metrics for the EcoDistrict Framework, which will eventually be tested in the City of Fort Collins to help the City realize its climate neutrality, resource reduction, and healthy community goals.

Adaptation to Alternating Weather Extremes

This research team will study the ecological and social impacts of rapid “whiplash” among droughts, wildfires, and floods as a consequence of climate change and work to identify strategies to better prepare communities for sustainable adaptation to this increasing threat.