Colorado State is a leader in alternative energy and biofuels research and offered one of the first courses on biofuels in the country. CSU is internationally known for its research developing clean energy solutions, including programs in alternative fuels. Researchers from CSU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering are developing biofuels from algae.
Center for Agricultural Energy
The Center for Agricultural Energy (CAE) empowers agricultural producers in Colorado to make environmentally and financially sound energy decisions. Affiliated faculty conduct agricultural energy audits, outreach, and research.
Center for Collaborative Conservation
The Center for Collaborative Conservation (CCC) is a place where stakeholders come together to define, discuss, study and act on critical issues affecting the earth’s ecosystems and the people who depend upon them. Its Fellows program works to strengthen engagement among students, faculty, conservation practitioners and other stakeholders by promoting collaborative research, education and action on critical issues concerning conservation and livelihoods on landscapes around the globe. The CCC Fellows are part of a network where principles and practice of collaborative conservation are developed, exchanged, tested and adapted.
Center for Environmental Justice
Environmental justice is necessary for the full flourishing of human and non-human nature. Structural inequalities lead to environmental disruptions affecting our food, soil, water, climate, work, and production and consumption systems that harm the most vulnerable. Those with class, ethno-racial, gender, and other privileges have greater access to environmental goods, such as pollution-free neighborhoods, healthy food, safe workplaces, and green spaces. This is the essence of injustice, and the Center for Environmental Justice creates spaces to counter these outcomes and address their root causes in our institutions by facilitating collaborative research, teaching and engagement across disciplines and between academia and broader society. We aim to make CSU a national and global node with respect to Environmental Justice by supporting diverse students, faculty, and community members working on these issues.
Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes
The Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP) is a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center focused on understanding and predicting the role of clouds in the Earth’s climate system and improving the representation of cloud processes in climate models. The Center has a science and education mission to educate and train people with diverse backgrounds in climate change and earth-system science by enhancing teaching and learning and disseminating science results. This educational mission has extended to hosting the Colorado Global Climate Conference in 2008 and a workshop on Weather and Climate for Teachers in July 2008 for certified teachers of any grade level.
Center for Protected Area Management
The Center for Protected Area Management (CPAM) is an outreach center that promotes protected area management around the world. Their mission is to contribute to the conservation, planning, and management of the world’s protected areas and the landscapes and seascapes that connect them through capacity building, applied research, and technical collaboration with the organizations that help manage them and the communities whose well-being depends on them. CPAM provides a bridge between academic researchers and front lines protected area practitioners, working on issues related to protected area planning, visitor management, interpretations techniques, and much more.
Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise
Through the College of Business, the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise (CASE) launched a new, innovative program in May 2010 to make companies more valuable through sustainable business practices. The program provides an innovative framework that will deliver practical tools to executives to design and implement sustainable business practices.
Center for the New Energy Economy
Founded in February 2011, the Center for the New Energy Economy is a privately-funded initiative to support the growth of a clean energy economy across the United States. The Center, a part of Colorado State University, is led by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and is assisted by some of the nation’s most important thought leaders in clean energy research, development and commercialization. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policy makers, and other decision makers, providing technical assistance to help them create the policies and practices that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean energy economy. The mission of the Center is to incorporate best practices from around the nation and world to accelerate the development of a new energy economy.
Changing Climates Initiative
The Changing Climates Initiative is a campus-wide project launched in 2007 and supported by faculty and researchers from every CSU college, whose interests and research unite around climate change. This effort helps faculty infuse information and research on climate content into their courses in all majors and disciplines. It also provides seminars to train faculty and staff on climate change topics.
Charles Maurer Herbarium Collection
The mission of the Charles Maurer Herbarium Collection at CSU is to facilitate botanical research, teaching, and public service. It is especially concerned with encouraging student success by providing positive research and internship mentorship opportunities, creating and participating in outreach opportunities that increase engagement with the public, providing digitized specimen images and data online, and encouraging collaborations within scientific communities at CSU as well as other regional professional herbarium users. The herbarium documents Colorado’s flora and provides primary data for evaluating the status of plant species of conservation concern as well as tracking invasive species and how the flora responds to climate change. As permanent records of the past, the herbarium specimens are a valuable resource for biodiversity research, resource management, and conservation in the Rocky Mountains.
Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station
The Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station hosts eight research centers in 10 sites throughout Colorado. The agency conducts interdisciplinary research addressing economic viability, environmental sustainability, and social acceptability of activities that have an impact on the agriculture, natural resources, and consumers in Colorado.
Colorado Natural Heritage Program
The Colorado Natural Heritage Program is Colorado’s only comprehensive source of information on the status and location of Colorado’s rarest and most threatened species and natural plant communities. We share information with a wide range of stakeholders in partnerships that work to ensure the Colorado’s biodiversity resources are not diminished. CNHP has an enormous impact on conservation in Colorado through these partnerships.
Colorado State Forest Service
CSU operates the Colorado State Forest Service with a mission to provide stewardship of the state’s forest resources and to reduce related risks to life, property and the environment for the benefit of present and future generations. The Forest Service operates 17 district offices across Colorado, with a range of services that include forest management, wildland fire, urban and community forestry, and conservation education.
Colorado Water Center
The Colorado Water Center (CoWC) is one of 54 Water Resources Research Institutes created by the Water Resources Act of 1964, which collectively form the National Institutes for Water Resources. As a division under CSU’s Office of Engagement, the Center aims to connect all water expertise in Colorado’s higher education system with research and education needs of Colorado’s water managers and users, building on the rich water history at Colorado State University. CoWC staff conduct research, teaches courses and seminars, and convenes and facilitates water-related discussions. They offer research grants, internship opportunities, scholarships, and provide water-related information to the citizens of Colorado through the web, publications, informal and formal education, and events.
Extension programs in Colorado serve residents in 62 of Colorado’s 64 counties. Extension provides extensive educational information, based on Colorado State University research, to the public to meet local needs in topics such as water conservation, sustainable agricultural practices, drought management, food safety and nutrition, and more. It also operates programs, such as the 4-H Youth Development Program and ‘Master’ volunteer programs such as Colorado Master Gardeners, Native Plant Masters, Master Food Safety Advisors and Clean Energy Masters.
CSU Mountain Campus
At an elevation of 9,000 feet, Colorado State’s mountain campus and conference center sits in a beautiful, secluded mountain valley. As a site for conferences, workshops, meetings, and retreats, this campus offers a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy nature in the Rocky Mountains. The campus’ location also offers a unique opportunity for students in the Warner College of Natural Resources. Academic classes are held here during the summer months that include outdoor labs, field study, and classroom work. NR-220 is a four-week field course for undergraduate students and F-230 is a one-week program for Forestry majors.
CSU System Spur Campus
The CSU System Spur campus is designed to engage the public, students, faculty, and partners in a new three-facility campus in north Denver. It is part of the redevelopment of the National Western Center, and will be a global destination for understanding and education related to issues at the intersection of food, water, and health. The Spur campus will continue the CSU System’s commitment to sustainability, with all three facilities designed to be minimum LEED Gold, and innovative practices around water, energy, and facility operations.
In addition, the Spur campus and the larger National Western Center campus are envisioned to be a living laboratory, leveraging CSU’s presence to evaluate the redevelopment’s performance (e.g., energy, water, biodiversity) and impacts on Denver (e.g., educational attainment, economic development). Ten CSU Fort Collins faculty and staff, in addition to the Institute for the Built Environment, have begun collecting data about the site itself, and information about the surrounding communities, allowing CSU and others to conduct research and enhance outcomes in planning, development, and urban ecology.
Energy Institute and Powerhouse Energy Campus
The Energy Institute is a multidisciplinary alliance that integrates experts from many fields with the goal of improving quality of life – by taking research innovations to the global marketplace more efficiently and at an accelerated pace. The Energy Institute team has the breadth, depth, and entrepreneurial drive to make a global impact. Over one hundred and sixty faculty represent fields as diverse as the natural sciences, engineering, agricultural sciences, natural resources, humanities, applied human sciences, veterinary medicine, and business. In addition, a growing number of students and industry leaders are tapping into our growing network.
Envirofit International was founded on the idea that enterprise principles can transform the development of household and commercial energy technologies for people living in extreme energy poverty. In 2003, Envirofit set out to change the way energy products were developed for people living in remote parts of the world. With a goal of improving harmful traditional cooking methods, Envirofit innovated a product line of aesthetic, high performance cookstoves tailored to the needs of customers in emerging and underdeveloped markets. Years of consumer research and product development proved that people who lack access to electricity and clean cooking solutions do desire and will buy high quality products that can improve their lives. They are internationally recognized as the thoughts leaders in this field, and have sold close to 1.5M improved stoves to date.
OptiEnz LLC: OptiEnz Sensors LLC is a university startup that is developing biosensors for detecting food and water contaminants co-founded by Ken Reardon, a Colorado State professor of chemical and biological engineering. Reardon formed OptiEnz in tandem with Cenergy, the university’s vehicle for commercializing innovative clean and renewable technologies. OptiEnz is expected to develop, manufacture and sell the biosensors, which rely on the reaction of cultured enzymes to identify and quantify organic chemicals. With these devices, contaminants such as melamine, gasoline, solvents and nerve agents can be continuously measured in real-time without handling or pretreating a sample in any way. The biosensors can also be used to monitor chemicals in industrial processes, including those for food, beverage and biofuel production.
Solix Biofuels Inc.: A startup company based in Boulder, Solix is working with the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory to commercialize technology that can cheaply mass produce oil derived from algae and turn it into biodiesel – an environmentally friendly solution to high gas prices, greenhouse gas emissions and volatile global energy markets. Solix officials plan to commercialize the technology. After ramping up to widespread production, the company expects to eventually compete commercially with the wholesale price of crude petroleum. Solix officials estimate that widespread construction of its photo-bioreactor system could meet the demand for the U.S. consumption of diesel fuel – about 4 million barrels a day – by growing algae on less than 0.5 percent of the U.S. land area, which is otherwise unused land adjacent to power plants and ethanol plants. The plants produce excess carbon dioxide, which is necessary to turn algae into oil. In addition to producing biodiesel, the process would prevent a large portion of the greenhouse gases produced by coal-burning power plants from being expelled directly into the atmosphere.
Spirae Inc. is a privately held company based in Fort Collins working with Colorado State in the Integrid Electric Power Systems Laboratory to test “smart grids,” which are new ways to connect electrical generators and users to increase the efficiency and reliability of the electrical grid in large, complex distributed power systems. Distributed power refers to generating electricity from many small sources close to where it’s needed – such as next to a factory or neighborhood or other major power user. The closer it is, the smaller the transmission losses and the more energy – and money – saved. These sources can be engines or turbines or they can renewable sources such as wind and solar photovoltaics.
Environmental Governance Working Group (EGWG)
The Environmental Governance Working Group (EGWG) at Colorado State was created in 2008 as a joint project of the Department of Political Science and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University. It’s a multidisciplinary community of scholars seeking to advance research on environmental governance and sustainability. Its network includes faculty, researchers and graduate students from across the Colorado State University campus; decision-makers working for federal, state, and local agencies and non-profits; and scholars based at institutions around the world. EGWG’s leadership team includes Michele Betsill (Political Science), Tony Cheng (Forest and Rangeland Stewardship), and Peter Leigh Taylor (Sociology).
Environmental Learning Center
The Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is a unique learning environment and a valued natural resource in Northern Colorado. It’s situated on 212 acres of land, approximately three miles east of CSU’s main campus, on the banks of the Poudre River at the end of the Poudre River Trail. It’s managed through CSU’s College of Natural Resources and staffed primarily by students. With four ecosystems on the property — wetlands, riparian, cottonwood forest, and prairie ecosystems — the ELC is home to a diversity of flora and fauna. The mission of the ELC is to connect people with nature by facilitating educational, inclusive and safe experiences in the natural environment and to advance the field of environmental education through sound research and practice. That mission is accomplished through the provision of programs for schools, scout troops, the general public, and families. The ELC also conducts and hosts many research projects affiliated with Colorado State, from evaluating the effectiveness of experiential learning to studying the song patterns of chickadees.
FEScUE is a multidepartmental program at Colorado State, funded by the National Science Foundation, that engages undergraduates and faculty in mathematics, statistics, and the life sciences in jointly mentored interdisciplinary research clusters and in structured multidisciplinary coursework. The program is built around actively engaging students in research clusters mentored by two senior faculty members, one from mathematics and one from the life sciences. The need for interdisciplinary research that combines the mathematical and life sciences is increasingly urgent as our abilities to gather data outpace our ability to effectively analyze the data we collect — and as we seek to understand phenomena over ever wider ranges of scales. While the jointly-mentored research experience is the program’s focal point, FEScUE is a comprehensive educational experience that includes special seminars, gateway and fusion courses, and career advising.
Institute for the Built Environment
Colorado State’s Institute for the Built Environment is an interdisciplinary research and education center for environmentally responsible building design and construction. In addition to a graduate emphasis in sustainable building, IBE works with industry professionals to offer coursework, training and design charrettes in addition to conducting research. In 2009, the CSU’s Institute for the Built Environment created the certificate program in direct response to the growing need for specially trained professionals who can adapt to the changing industry.
Little Shop of Physics
CSU’s hands-on science and physics education program, Little Shop of Physics, is collaborating with the University’s Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP) in taking science education and environmentally focused science projects to schools and the community.
Master Gardener Program
The Colorado Master Gardener Program through Colorado State’s Extension, trains volunteers to assist in delivering knowledge-based information about home gardening to Colorado residents. The Master Gardener training consists of more than 66 hours of classroom instruction offered in counties statewide. While content is focused on the interests of home gardeners, 20% of the students who participate are in the green industry and use the classes for career training.
Natural Resources and Sustainability Residential Learning Community
Warner College of Natural Resources and the College of Agriculture at CSU host the Natural Resources and Sustainability Residential Learning Community, where students interested in sustainability live in a community in Summit Hall and take a service based seminar on sustainability. The first class worked to help Great Sand Dunes National Park create the nation’s first Visit Green initiative that helps park visitors learn how to be sustainable in the San Luis Valley. This program is designed to be a pilot for the National Park Service and by using students, helps train the next generation of green workers in tourism and park management.
The purpose of One Health is to benefit the health of animals, peoples, and environments by collaborating across boundaries in a way that sees and integrates the whole system. We seek to accomplish this through these principles. We see the whole picture. Together, we can create the futures we desire. We engage our partners and vibrant academic community as they search for the relationships and outcomes that create health. When we consider and value diverse perspectives, looking across disciplines, professions, and sectors, the power of collaboration can inspire the futures we wish to birth. We work together. The One Health Institute at CSU is growing through financial support from all eight colleges and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Land-grant roots inspire us to work hard and collaboratively toward health through interdisciplinary research, learning, and discovery that welcomes, and thrives because of, diverse ideas and talents. We don’t work to fight disease. We seek to create health. It’s a positive and proactive movement toward a healthier tomorrow, and it takes diverse people, many new ideas, and many ways of thinking about old ideas.
Partnership for Air Quality, Climate & Health
A CSU Partnership, reaching inward and outward, that provides comprehensive science-vetted information in useful form to stakeholders in air quality, climate, and health issues. The Partnership envisions implementing a structure and support facility that integrates CSU-wide capabilities in air quality, climate, and health in a comprehensive and synergistic way, and that focuses on communicating to stakeholders scientific findings relevant to their unique challenges. The Partnership will enable and foster policy-relevant research aimed at filling knowledge gaps identified jointly with our stakeholders, and will focus on effective partnering to formulate, plan, conduct and disseminate our knowledge in useful formats.
Program for Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Ecology, and Statistics
The Program for Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Ecology, and Statistics (PRIMES) at CSU is designed to address the challenges of studying complex ecological systems. Modern studies of ecological systems incorporate an extremely wide range of scientific and quantitative techniques, from the collection of data in the field, to the modeling of complex systems. Quantitative ecology has become an inherently multi-disciplinary activity. The idea underlying PRIMES is to equip graduate students from ecology, mathematics, and statistics with the skills to work at the interface of the three disciplines and to support research on ecological problems involving advanced quantitative tools. PRIMES activities concentrate in the areas of Ecology of Managed Ecosystems, Ecology of Global Change, Dynamics of Introduced Disease, Aquatic Resources Modeling, and Evolution in Structured Populations. These activities include innovative course offerings, early exposure to team-based research, and the hosting of long- and short-term visitors, workshops, and internships and mentoring for students by ecologists working in national laboratories and agencies.
Protected Area Management & Training
The Warner College of Natural Resources offers the Wildlands and Protected Area Management course. This course has been in place for 17 years with more than 350 past participants from 26 countries. Each year, the course strives for carbon neutrality. This year, it calculated the CO2 emissions emitted by participant travel and course operation, and then offset these emissions by donating money to construct energy efficient cookstoves.
Public Lands History Center
Founded in 2007, the Public Lands History Center at Colorado State University produces historical knowledge that helps resource managers, scientists, and citizens understand and protect public lands and resources. The PLHC’s projects facilitate the development policy on complex issues relating to the environment, land and water used, agriculture, and cultural resource management.
School of Global Environmental Sustainability
The School of Global Environmental Sustainability or SoGES is an umbrella organization that was established in 2008 to encompasses all environmental education and research at the university. The school positions CSU to address the multiple challenges to global sustainability through broad-based research, curricular, and outreach initiatives. Areas of emphasis include food security, poverty, inequality, water management strategies and desertification, globalization, industrial ecology, sustainable engineering, population growth, and urbanization. This approach capitalizes on the University’s historic strength in environmental research and education, and will build upon the education and research that already exists within all eight colleges on campus.
Sustainable Livestock Systems Collaborative
In a move to address the dramatic global demand for safe, high-quality protein-based food sources, Colorado State University has announced the creation of a first-of-its-kind collaborative to support profitable, sustainable and healthy livestock production.
The Sustainable Livestock Systems Collaborative is designed for CSU livestock and animal health experts to work alongside industry, government and other stakeholders in addressing 21st-century challenges as well as training current and future livestock industry professionals.
Spearheaded by the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the collaborative will look at enhancing sustainable and healthy livestock systems through the examination of new technologies and disease treatments as well as soil, plant, animal and atmospheric microbiomes, among other areas.
Western Center for Integrated Resource Management
The Western Center for Integrated Resource Management’s mission is to improve the sustainability and profitability of forage-based agriculture and natural resource systems through integrated, innovative multidisplinary research and education programs. The program offers a Master of Agricultural Sciences degree that involves contributing faculty from the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Warner College of Natural Resources, and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. 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.”
Kreidenweis, professor in Colorado State University’s internationally
recognized Atmospheric Science department, studies the nature and behavior of
particulate matter in the atmosphere and its effects on climate and visibility.
Her group conducts laboratory and field measurements to clarify the
relationships between particles and haze and cloud formation, which in turn can
affect air quality and precipitation. Most recently, they have been focusing on
characterization of particles produced from wild and prescribed fires and have
developed new recommendations for how smoke particle optical and cloud-forming
properties should be represented in air quality and climate models.
ALGAE TO OIL
Marchese and Azer Yalin,
associate professors in mechanical engineering, received a National Science
Foundation grant to conduct one of the first studies on the emissions produced
from algae as a biofuel.
“One of the reasons we’re interested in algae-based biofuels
is because of their potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce
our dependence on imported oil,” Marchese said. His research areas include
alternative fuels, combustion, chemical kinetics, microgravity experiments and
diesel emissions. Current research projects include biodiesel chemical
kinetics, pollutant formation from algae-based biofuels, exhaust emissions from
algal methyl esters, locomotive engine emissions, bio-butanol, heavy fuel aerosols
and advanced 2-stroke engines.
Yalin’s research interests include laser-based diagnostics
and non-intrusive measurement of gases, plasmas, and plasma-surface
interactions (for electric propulsion and plasma processing) as well as laser
combustion diagnostics of engines, laser ignition of engines, and laser sensing
for environmental and health applications.
Chemistry professor Amy Prieto and her group are
interested in developing synthetic methods for making solid state materials
with applications in energy production and storage, with a emphasis on using
earth abundant materials and developing environmentally safe and sustainable
manufacturing methods. She was named a Scialog Fellow by the Research
Corporation for Science Advancement for her work developing syntheses for
nanoparticles composed of earth abundant elements for applications in photovoltaics
and was named a Monfort Professor for her work on developing nanoparticles of
magnesium for hydrogen storage. Prof. Prieto is also interested in
developing 3D rechargeable batteries that combine high power and energy
densities, are safe, and are made by a scalable, water based electroplating
methods. She founded Prieto Battery Inc. in 2009 to commercialize that
battery technology. She was named the 2011 ExxonMobil Solid State
Chemistry Faculty Fellow, an honor awarded to one scientist nationally and was
also honored by President Barack Obama at the White House with a Presidential
Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. She currently has 26
patents issued in the US, the EU, China, Japan, Korea and India, and her
batteries are currently on display at the Smithsonian Institute. Most recently,
Prof. Prieto was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Robert Paton, Associate Professor: In collaboration
with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Colorado School of
Mines (CSM), the Paton group are supported by an ARPA-E grant to design new
battery materials and molecules using artificial intelligence. They are
developing machine learning approaches to predict the performance of new
material compositions at high fidelity but lower cost, and using reinforcement
learning techniques to automate the identification of new candidate
Reardon, professor of chemical and biological engineering, is a leading
expert on the production of biofuels. Reardon is researching the types of
organic materials for use in biofuels and the viability of various biofuels.
His biofuels-related research, which began more than 20 years ago with a
project on the production of butanol from sugars, now includes studies on
bioreactor design and algae.
Reardon is also an expert in biotechnology for the detection
of environmental pollutants. In 2009, he worked with Cenergy, the university’s
vehicle for commercializing innovative clean and renewable technologies, to
spin off OptiEnz Sensors LLC,
which will develop, manufacture and sell biosensors to detect food and
Reardon is the CSU site director for the Colorado Center for
Biorefining and Biofuels, or C2B2, which was founded in March 2007 by the Colorado Renewable Energy
BIOFUELS AND GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS
William Parton, senior research scientist at NREL (Natural Resource Ecology
Laboratory), is studying how different crops used for biofuels have varying
effects on decreasing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions into the
atmosphere. Parton also studies the effects global warming will have on the
eastern plains of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and the western parts of North and
South Dakota. Additionally, he has experience studying the potential impact of
climatic changes for forest and savanna systems on local, regional and global
Parton, who’s spent the past 38 years working on the
development of ecosystems models, was elected as a Resident Distinguished
Ecologist at Colorado State University in 2015.
CARBON SEQUESTRATION AND AGRICULTURE
Keith Paustian, soil and crop sciences professor and
senior research scientist at CSU’s Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory (NREL),
researches the role the agriculture industry can play in greenhouse gas
mitigation. Paustian also researches agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and
carbon sequestration for the United States inventory. Paustian is involved in
developing accounting tools for farmer and ranchers to receive credit under the
United States voluntary greenhouse gas reduction program.
CLEAN ENERGY’S ROLE IN NORTHERN COLORADO ECONOMY
Martin Shields, is a professor of economics at
Colorado State and director of the Regional Economics
Institute. Shields is knowledgeable of the clean energy industry cluster in
northern Colorado and its impact on the region and the state. This region is
well positioned to become a leader in the growing global market for
CLIMATE AND LAND USE CHANGES ON ECOSYSTEMS
Ojima is an Emeritus Faculty in the Ecosystem Science and
Sustainability Department and Senior Research Scientist in the Natural Resource
Ecology Laboratory in the Warner College of Natural Resources. He’s also a
Senior Scholar at the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the
Environment and the president of the Ecological Society of America.
Dr. Ojima’s research areas include global change effects on
ecosystems around the world. His research addresses climate and land use
changes on ecosystems, carbon accounting methods for forest carbon
sequestration, and adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change.
These research efforts have led to his successful development of the multi-institutional
consortium effort to host the North Central Climate Science Center at Colorado
State for the Department of Interior. He is the Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow,
serving on the Human Dimensions of Global Change and the Board for International
Scientific Organizations for the National Research Council, and has received
recognition for his international contributions for his involvement in the
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment receiving which received the 2005 Zayed
International Prize for the Environment and the International Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. John Sanderson is the Director of the Center for
Collaborative Conservation, an endowed center in CSU’s Warner College of
Since 2005, Sanderson has worked for the Nature
Conservancy of Colorado, most recently as Director of Science, leading
a staff of ecologists who work on a wide range of conservation challenges,
including protecting lands in the fast-growing West, creating tools to assess
the ecological state of rivers, restoring Front Range forests, and advancing
policy to reduce greenhouse gases. After earning his B.S. in
Engineering from Purdue University and an M.S. in Botany from the University of
Vermont, Sanderson got his start in Colorado in 1994 doing field inventory and
conservation planning for the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. He later
earned his Ph.D. in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology researching
intermountain playa wetlands in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Sanderson is
passionate about figuring out how we work together to maintain Colorado’s
natural treasures as our population explodes and our world continues to warm.
Adirane “Addy” Elliott is the coordinator for
the Interdisciplinary Program in Organic Agriculture. Her research focuses on
soil fertility in organic farming systems.
Elliott teaches environmental issues in agriculture,
composting principles and practices, topics in organic agriculture, and
diagnosis and treatment in organic fields.
DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE BIOPLASTICS
Eugene Chen, John K. Stille Endowed Chair in
Chemistry and Millennial Professor of Polymer Science and Sustainability,
directs the Center for Sustainable Monomers and Polymers (CSuMAP) since 2012.
The overarching goal of CSuMAP is to be a focal point for research and
education in developing sustainable approaches to chemicals, monomers, and
materials that our society depends on. His group has invented several patented
(6) and patent-pending (2) intrinsically recyclable plastics with infinite
chemical recyclability and tunable properties or performances, as well as
biomass conversion platforms to convert nonedible plant biomass into renewable
chemicals, building block monomers, and bioplastics. He has co-founded a
start-up company aiming to bring the infinitely recyclable plastic technology
into the marketplace to gradually replace today’s non-recyclable plastics that
are not only accelerating depletion of finite natural resources but also
polluting our environment.
His group’s sustainability related work has been recognized
by the Excellence in Commercialization Award in 2012 by the Colorado Cleantech
Industry Association and the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in
2015 by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Most recently, he has given
live broadcast lectures and perspectives on sustainability topics at the
National Academy of Sciences Workshop in 2019 and the National Science
Foundation/American Chemical Society Colloquium in 2019.
ECOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT OF RANGELAND SYSTEMS
Robin Reid is a professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science
and Sustainability. She comes from the International Livestock Research
Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, where she led research, education and
outreach on conservation and development issues in Africa, Latin America, Asia
and the western United States.
Robin is a senior research scientist at Colorado State’s
Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. She is a CSU alumnus, having received her
Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecosystem Science in 1992. In October of 2009, Reid was
featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes. Reid was awarded the Ecological Society of America
2012 Sustainability Science Award. The prestigious award is given annually
to authors of a peer reviewed paper published in the past five years that makes
the greatest contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional
sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences.
Lou Swanson, vice provost for Outreach and Strategic
Partnerships, is a sociologist whose research has focused on locality-based
policy for sustainable range management and community development, rancher and
farm perceptions of cooperatives, and the transition of ranching and rural life
in Colorado. Swanson also has been talking with agricultural groups across the
country about the transition from a supply-driven domestic food system toward
demand-driven global food systems.
ECOLOGICAL STUDY OF GRASSLANDS
Alan Knapp is leading a national team that will
experimentally impose severe drought in Great Plains grasslands and evaluate
how the landscape responds — the first large-scale project of its kind.
NSF awarded $3.7 million to Knapp, a biology professor and
senior ecologist with the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, and principal
investigator on the project. Research in Knapp’s lab focuses on plants, with a
goal of understanding ecological patterns and processes from the leaf to the
ecosystem level. The lab’s research is primarily conducted in the field. Key
areas of interest include plant physiological ecology, ecosystems ecology,
climate change, long-term ecological research, invasive plant species,
restoration ecology, fire and herbivory effects on communities and ecosystems.
Diana Wall, one of Colorado State’s most
distinguished scientists, is an ecosystem scientist in the biology department
and director of CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES).
Wall has completed 22 research seasons in the Antarctic Dry Valleys examining
how soil food webs and ecosystem processes respond to global change.
She contributed to a special 121-page report submitted to
President Barack Obama that urges government intervention on threats to the
nation’s biodiversity and ecosystems.
Wall is the 2012 SCAR President’s Medal for Excellence in
Antarctic Research from the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research — an
interdisciplinary committee of the prestigious International Council for
Science. The award is presented once every three years.
Dr. Linda Nagel, Head, Forest and Rangeland
Stewardship has a significant, nation-wide, research study to evaluate climate
change impacts on forest ecosystems of various types throughout the U.S.
Holmes Rolston, III is widely recognized as the
father of environmental ethics as an academic discipline. Rolston has shaped
the essential nature, scope and issues of the discipline.
A University Distinguished Professor of philosophy at
Colorado State and a noted author, Rolston said he’s seeing an evolution of
clergy concerned about better stewardship for the Earth. He teaches
environmental ethics at Colorado State.
ENERGY POLICY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
Dr. William H. Farland is the Vice President for
Research at Colorado State and a Professor in the Department of Environmental
and Radiological Health Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences. He serves as the chief institutional advocate and facilitator for
faculty research activities and is responsible for programmatic excellence in
Farland was the highest-ranking scientist at the
Environmental Protection Agency before joining CSU. His 27-year federal career
has been characterized by a commitment to the development of national and
international approaches to interdisciplinary research in addition to testing
and assessment of the fate and effects of environmental agents.
ENERGY POLICY AND CLEAN ENERGY
Bill Ritter, Colorado’s 41st Governor and former
District Attorney for the City and County of Denver, is the founding director
of the Center for the New Energy
Economy. The Center is a privately-funded initiative to support the growth
of a clean energy economy across the United States at Colorado State
The mission of the Center is to incorporate best practices
from around the nation and world to accelerate the development of clean energy,
which includes technologies and resources who life-cycle impacts are beneficial
to national security, economic vitality, energy supply sustainability,
environmental health, public health, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,
the conservation and restoration of ecosystem services, social equity,
high-quality jobs, and wise use of water and other critical natural resources.
Ritter has been working directly with Governors,
legislators, regulators, planners, policy makers and other decision makers by
providing technical assistance to help them create the policies and practices
that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean energy economy. He has
been recognized internationally and has received numerous awards for his
Kyle L. Saunders is associate professor of
political science whose interests within environmental politics include energy
policy and the politics of resource depletion and “peak oil.” Saunders is
currently writing a book on energy policy and the frames used in the public and
political debates on alternative energy in the United States. He also is an
expert in other fields of American politics, including U.S. and Colorado
elections, parties and public opinion.
Robert J. Duffy is a professor of political
science at Colorado State. Duffy’s research and interests include American
politics with emphases on elections, interest groups and energy policy. He also
is interested in renewable energy and environmental politics and policy issues.
ENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE OPERATIONS
Carol Dollard is an energy engineer with
Facilities Management and works to make Colorado State operations more
These efforts include six photovoltaic installations
including a 5,300 kW solar plant on the Foothills Campus, a biomass plant that
burns wood chips from beetle killed trees, and a wide variety of energy &
water efficiency projects. She advises the Design & Construction staff on
LEED projects — the university currently has ten LEED Gold buildings. She also
leads a team that conducts the University’s annual greenhouse gas inventory and
produces biannual updates to the CSU Climate Action Plan.
Justin Sambur, Assistant Professor: The Sambur group
focuses on developing the fundamental science that will lead to next generation
renewable energy production systems. This research contributes to the “State of
Sustainability” at CSU, which focuses on conserving and protecting the world
around us, by developing fundamental science knowledge that will enable society
to lower its dependence on fossil fuels.
Fast Charging and Long-lasting Energy Storage Materials. My
group is using single particle-level measurements to study pseudocapacitors,
which have the potential to charge/discharge in seconds and last for one
million charging cycles. Pseudocapacitors are fascinating because they store
charge throughout the material bulk, improving energy density, but do so via a
fast intercalation process not limited by solid-state diffusion, improving
rate. Unfortunately, the mechanism of pseudocapacitance is unclear. My team is
working to understand the mechanism of pseudocapacitance and leverage
structure/composition/property relationships to design pseudocapacitor hosts.
In our 2019 PNAS paper, we pioneered the development of single nanoparticle
electro-optical imaging to understand the charge storage mechanism in
pseudocapacitive WO3 nanorods. We discovered a novel structure/activity
relationship between nanoparticle length and charge storage: longer nanorods
store more charge than smaller nanorods, likely due to a surface step edge density.
In line with our long-term goal, we uncovered that the arrangement of
nanoparticle building blocks matters: charging/discharging durability depends
on the contact area and arrangement between two nanoparticles.
Photovoltaic Efficiency Doubling via Hot Carrier
Photochemistry in 2D Materials. Atomically thin 2D materials such as monolayer
MoS2 and WS2 have the potential to transform the way we produce energy.
Amazingly, these ultrathin materials can theoretically generate 450-1800 kW
power/kg material; bulk Si produces 2.5 kW/kg. The key challenge in the field
is to extract charge carriers from the ultrathin materials, especially before
they undergo electron-hole recombination at defect sites. In the past three
years, we have worked to establish a new paradigm in the ultrathin 2D materials
field: liquid electrolytes conformally coat and efficiently extract charge
carriers from 2D materials (Nano Letters, 2019; J. Phys. Chem. C. 2018). We
have “healed” chalcogen vacancies in MoSe2 using focused laser beams, thereby
significantly improving the photocurrent (ACS Appl. Mater. 2019). Our immediate
research plans are to investigate hot carrier photochemistry processes such as
carrier multiplication in 2D materials, which has the potential to double the
photocurrent efficiency in a solar cell.
Rick Finke, Professor: Sustainability related
research in the group of Professor Richard Finke takes shape in several forms:
(i) catalysis, the most fundamental topic underlying sustainable chemistry,
including kinetics and mechanisms of catalytic processes; (ii) solar energy
conversion via water-oxidation catalysis to form hydrogen fuels; and (iii)
capture of the oxidized intermediates in water-oxidation catalysis for use in
oxygenating organic substrates in a more sustainable, energy efficient
ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE BUILDING DESIGN
Brian Dunbar is executive director of the Institute for the Built Environment and
professor of construction management at Colorado State. Dunbar’s teaching,
research and project work focuses on environmentally sustainable design and
construction materials, methods and systems. He also coordinates the graduate
emphasis in sustainable building at Colorado State and has developed university
and professional courses on sustainable building.
The Institute for the Built Environment is an
interdisciplinary research institute that teaches students and industry
professionals healthy and sustainable building strategies. Brian is a
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED faculty member with the
U.S. Green Building Council and serves on the Greening Schools committee for
the Colorado Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCE
John Volckens’ research interests include the development of
methods for aerosol and air pollution measurement, combustion emissions and
their associated health effects, and the development of improved diagnostic
techniques for assessing human exposures to and adverse health effects of air
pollution. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and
Radiological Health Sciences.
In August 2012, Volckens received two grants worth $2.5
million from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a
division of the Centers for Disease Control. He developed a dust spectrometer
that will capture and measure inhalable dust — about the size of flour dust —
before it settles. He also created an inexpensive, lightweight device that
workers could wear on their shoulders to immediately sample their exposure.
Tony Cheng, co-founder of EGWG, the Environmental
Governance Working Group; Director of the Colorado Forest Restoration
Institute; and Professor in Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, has been
requested to assist the Colorado State Legislature and Governor Hickenlooper’s
office in crafting forest policy considering the recent wildfire events in
Cheng’s research interests include assessing collaborative
approaches to forest landscape restoration and examining institutional
arrangements for payment-for-watershed-services on federal public lands. His
interests include policies, collaborative arrangements, and strategies
involving government, private enterprise, and community non-governmental
organizations to produce resilient forest ecosystems and sustain livelihoods in
a transparent, accountable, and an equitable manner. He facilitates
collaborative assessments, monitoring, and adaptive management, working with
local and regional forest health collaborations in Colorado and the
Shultz, Professor of natural resource policy and governance
engages in research investigating the governance of landscape-scale forest
restoration projects, the integration of climate change and resilience
considerations into forest planning, the role of citizen science programs
within public land agencies, multi-scale monitoring strategies, and aspects of
fire management policy.
GEOLOGY, OIL AND GAS ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Rick Aster, department chair and associate
professor in the Department of Geosciences, researches sedimentary petrology
and geochemistry, fluid/rock interaction, chemical weathering, clastic
diagenesis, and clay mineralogy.
Aster teaches an interdisciplinary introductory course on
the natural gas industry including geology, exploration, production,
transportation and environmental issues. CSU now offers this course on the
“Fundamentals of Natural Gas” because of the increased demand for natural gas
and greater public interest in gas drilling and production in Colorado.
Lisa Stright, Assistant Professor, has emerging
work in sequestering
carbon as in the process of extracting oil/natural gas.
GLOBAL CLEAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS: COOKSTOVES, BIOFUELS AND
Willson, mechanical engineering professor, is founder and director of
Colorado State’s Engines and
Energy Conversion Laboratory, a world leader in the study of internal
combustion engines, natural gas technology, algae biofuels, intelligent
electric grids, advanced building technology, technology for the developing
world, and clean cookstoves. He is active in technology commercialization and
is founder and board member of Envirofit
International Ltd., a non-profit corporation develops clean energy
technology for the developing world, with particular focus on two-stroke
engines and clean cookstoves.
In 2009, Willson was recognized by Scientific
American, joining President Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg,
in its inaugural list of the “Scientific American 10” — ten
individuals who have made significant contributions to guiding science to serve
humanity on a global basis.
GLOBAL CLIMATE VARIABILITY
W. J. Thompson is an atmospheric science professor at CSU whose
current research focuses on improving our understanding of global climate
variability using observational data.
His interests include large-scale atmospheric dynamics, the
interpretation of observed climate change, stratosphere/troposphere coupling,
ocean/atmosphere interaction, decadal climate variability, and the climate
impacts of large-scale atmospheric phenomena. He was the lead research author
on a recent paper that was published in the science journal Nature.
Thompson and his colleagues made a discovery that could help to solve a major
atmospheric science and climate mystery.
In 2007, Popular Science magazine named David Thompson one
of the “Brilliant 10” young scientists to watch.
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE
Michele Betsill, professor of political science,
teaches courses in international relations, global environmental politics and
qualitative research methods.
Her research investigates the ways in which climate change
is governed from the global to the local level across the public and private
spheres. Her current projects focus on the politics of carbon markets,
transnational climate governance, the role of local authorities in
transitioning to a low-carbon future, and institutional reform for sustainable
development. She is also the founder and co-leader of the Environmental
Governance Working Group at CSU.
Prior to coming to CSU, she was a post-doctoral fellow with
the Global Environmental Assessment project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of
GREENHOUSE GAS MANAGEMENT/AGRICULTURE
Rich Conant is a research scientist at the
university’s Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, a faculty member in the Department
of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and the Warner College Associate Dean
for Academic Affairs. His expertise is in agricultural and grazing land carbon
dynamics and greenhouse gas management. He contributed to Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change documents and greenhouse gas inventory development, was
a lead author for the recently published U.S. State of the Carbon Cycle Report
and is co-principle investigator on a project to document carbon management and
emission reduction opportunities for Colorado’s agricultural, grazing and
Stephen Ogle, research scientist at CSU’s Natural
Resource Ecology Laboratory, and a faculty member in the Department of
Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, studies the impact of land use and management
on greenhouse gas emissions. He currently leads U.S. assessments of soil
nitrous oxide emissions from U.S. agricultural lands, which is used for
national greenhouse gas reporting and climate change policy. His research also
includes evaluation of bioenergy crop production on greenhouse gas emissions
from agricultural soils.
HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Dr. Rebecca Niemiec is leading a working group that, among
other things, is evaluating public perception of wolf reintroduction in
Colorado and potential message framing research related to that topic.
The department’s work is focused around Human Wildlife
Values and their effort to assist wildlife management agencies
understand the publics they serve. These efforts span the entire nation.
INFUSING CLIMATE CHANGE TEACHING INTO UNIVERSITY
A former full-time freelance writer of essays and magazine
and newspaper articles, English professor John Calderazzo teaches
nonfiction writing workshops and literature classes. He’s the author of a
how-to writing textbook, a children’s science book, and a creative nonfiction
book. He writes about the nature of the personal essay, natural history, and
the interrelationships of science and culture. His work has been cited in Best
American Stories and Best American Essays and has
appeared in Georgia Review, Audubon, Orion, Witness magazines.
He is a winner of a Best CSU Teacher award and a creative
writing fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts. He co-founded and
Climates@CSU, an innovative series of talks and educational initiatives
that seeks to infuse climate change teaching across the university curriculum
and raise ecological literacy.
Professor SueEllen Campbell teaches courses
in nature and environmental literature, 20th-century fiction and nonfiction,
literary theory, and research methods. Her books include The Face of
the Earth: Natural Landscapes, Science, and Culture (2011); Even
Mountains Vanish: Searching for Solace in an Age of Extinction (2003); and
Bringing the Mountain Home (1996). She has also published numerous articles
about American environmental literature and ecocriticism; is coeditor of the
University of Virginia Press ecocritical book series Under the Sign of Nature;
and serves on advisory boards for the School of Global Environmental
Sustainability and the Rocky Mountain Land Library. She is codirector of Changing Climates@CSU, a
multidisciplinary climate-change education and outreach initiative.
Matt Shores, Professor and Department Chair: The
Shores group collaborates extensively with computational and synthetic chemists
to develop methods for employing Earth-abundant reagents in photocatalysis
schemes. We seek detailed knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of
Earth-abundant compounds, and accurate descriptions and synthetic control of
electronic structure in ground and (photo)excited states. Our work has been
supported by the Catalysis Collaboratory for Light-activated Earth Abundant
Reagents (C-CLEAR), an NSF-EPA supported group that aims to replace expensive
and/or toxic 1-electron reagents with catalytic processes, toward sustainable
synthesis of complex molecules relevant to high-value chemicals and
Tony Rappe, Professor: The Rappe group has studied
sustainability questions since the 1980’s at CSU. In the 1980’s efforts were
focused on methane activation, nitrogen activation, and deNOx catalysis. The
90’s saw a shift to polymer catalysis including work on a recyclable disposable
diaper. The 2000’s saw a shift toward earth abundant photocatalysis. Each of
these phases involved close collaboration with experimental colleagues. In
recent years our work has been supported by the Catalysis Collaboratory for
Light-activated Earth Abundant Reagents (C-CLEAR), an NSF-EPA supported group
that aims to replace expensive and/or toxic 1-electron reagents with catalytic
processes, toward sustainable synthesis of complex molecules relevant to
high-value chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
W.S. Sampath, mechanical engineering professor, spent
16 years perfecting his solar-cell technology. Sampath developed a
continuous, automated manufacturing process for solar panels using glass
coating with a cadmium telluride thin film instead of the standard high-cost
Travis Bailey and David (Qiang) Wang,
assistant professors of chemical and biological engineering, are exploring
strategies for creating new polymeric materials for use in photovoltaic devices
and novel methods of processing those materials that may lead to enhanced
performance and overall efficiencies. Their research is focused on the synthesis
and modeling of semiconducting block copolymers and the study of the
self-assembly behavior of those materials in the presence of applied magnetic
Their efforts represent a mix of both experimental (Bailey)
and computational (Wang) approaches.
Assistant chemistry professor Chuck Henry‘s
research focuses on new bioanalytical and environmental measurement tools such
as the use of new “lab-on-a-chip” chemistry. This technology will reduce the
steps of a traditional chemical assay to a single device the size of a credit
card. Related to toxicology, these methods can help understand the mechanisms
associated with aerosol toxicity.
Henry is co-founder and CEO of Advanced MicroLabs LLC, which
was formed to commercialize a low-cost “lab-on-a-chip” technology. Advanced
Microlabs has raised more than $3 million in grant funding and is working to
bring an on-line monitoring sensor to market. Henry is a consultant and
collaborator for Legacy Biosciences, a small pharmaceutical formulations
company based in Loveland, Colo., and the Boulder-based Crystal Diagnostics,
which is developing a technology to detect pathogenic bacteria in waste and
recreational waters. In his ten-year tenure at CSU, Henry has submitted eight
RENEWABLE ENERGY AND IMPACTS ON WILDLIFE
Kathryn Stoner, wildlife professor and department
head, was trained as a tropical ecologist. Her research is focused on mammals,
including bats and primates, though she has also worked with large cats and
rodents. Many of her projects lean towards developing a better understanding of
the animal and its environment, with the goal of promoting species and habitat
Dr. David Anderson, director and chief scientist of
the university’s Colorado Natural Heritage Program, studied botany and has
worked throughout Colorado studying rare plants and plant communities.
Chris Myrick, fisheries professor, studies the
potential impacts of hydroelectric development on wildlife and possible ways to
mitigate those impacts.
Faculty from across the College have engaged in an effort
oil/gas development impacts, in a Chevron funded project, on one of their
properties in Western Colorado.
Paschke, Ph.D., is the Research Associate Dean for the Warner College
of Natural Resources and Associate Professor and Shell Endowed Chair of
Restoration Ecology in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship.
Paschke has made significant contributions to the field of
Restoration Ecology. In the past decade he has served as PI or coPI on approximately
$9 million worth of basic and applied studies funded by diverse sources. His
research focuses on restoration and ecology of disturbed ecosystems, soil and
rhizosphere biology, and ecology of invasive plant species.
Wade O. Troxell, associate dean for Research and
Economic Development in the College of Engineering, studies “smart power grid”
applications that are necessary for improving the critical U.S. electric power
infrastructure. Through his research, he explores networked distributed energy
resources related to the environment and renewable technologies, stable and
firm power systems and the integration of renewable energy such as wind and
solar into the power market.
Peter Young, associate professor of electrical and
computer engineering, works on the development of analysis and design
techniques for large scale uncertain systems, and robust learning controllers,
as well as a number of specific application areas. These include control of
HVAC systems, power system distribution grids and sustainable energy, and
control of biological systems.
SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Paul Hudnut is a longtime entrepreneur who
teaches management in the College of Business.
He also works with business and engineering students to
develop sustainable business plans for technological advancements developed in
CSU’s Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory — plans that are in use in
countries, such as the Philippines, India and Nepal.
He is a founder of the business college’s Global Social and
Sustainable Enterprise master’s degree program and the Global
Innovation Center for Energy, Health and the Environment in the engines lab.
In 2010, Hudnut was awarded the Olympus Innovation
Award for his creation and development of the Global Social and
Sustainable Enterprise Program.
Thomas J. Dean serves as the Daniel’s Ethics
Professor and professor of entrepreneurship and sustainable enterprise at the
College of Business. Having authored some of the first articles and courses in
environmental entrepreneurship, he is an internationally renowned academic
pioneer in the field of entrepreneurship and sustainability.
He focuses his programmatic and conceptual efforts on
understanding the opportunities present in emerging environmental trends. He
teaches in CSU’s Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA Program and sits
on the advisory boards of the Clean Energy Supercluster and School of Global
TRAITS OF CROPS USED FOR BIOFUEL
Leach is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of
Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State. A
microbiologist and plant pathologist, Leach is an authority on the molecular
biology of how plants and pathogens interact; she studies how plants defend
themselves against pathogens. Leach has examined issues surrounding rice as a
grass model for discovery and testing.
Colorado State researchers, through the Department of Soil
and Crop Sciences and the CSU Agricultural Experiment Station, have conducted
research to determine oilseed yields on several varieties of crops including
sunflowers, mustard and canola that are used for biodiesel production.
USING BIOLOGY TO DETECT ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINANTS
Biology professor June Medford’s lab
developed plant sentinels that detect environmental contaminants. Her lab is
working to understand plants and their knowledge for human and environmental
Medford and her team enabled a computer-designed detection
trait to work in a plant by rewiring the plant’s natural signaling process so
that a detection incident produces loss of green color. This work — an
important step in a long process — could eventually be used for a wide range of
applications such as security in airports or monitoring for pollutants.
WATER CONSERVATION AND WATER IN AGRICULTURE
Reagan Waskom currently serves as the Director
of the Colorado Water Institute and as Director of the Colorado State
University Water Center.
Dr. Waskom is a member of the Department of Soil & Crop
Sciences faculty with a joint appointment to the Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering. Reagan also serves as the Regional Director of the
USDA-CSREES Integrated Water Program. His research and outreach projects
include irrigation water optimization in water limited environments, evaluation
of municipal water conservation programs, ammonia volatilization from sprinkler
applied swine effluent, aquifer vulnerability to NO3 contamination, evaluation
of runoff water quality from western meadows, and development of best
management practices for crop production.
WATER RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Labadie Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
is also currently Coordinator for the Water Resources Planning and Management
Division of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Labadie
specializes in application of decision support systems, mathematical
programming, knowledge-based systems, and geographic information systems to
complex problems in water resources and environmental management.
WATER RESOURCES RELATED TO RURAL ECONOMIES AND HOUSEHOLDS
James Pritchett, Ph.D. in the Department of
Agricultural and Resource Economics, focuses his research and outreach efforts
on applied economic issues important to stakeholders in Colorado agriculture
and throughout the West. Most recently, he focused on how farms might make the
best use of limited water resources, the economic activity generated by
irrigated agriculture in rural regional economies, and the perceptions that
households have for water use.
He’s invested effort into understanding if crop insurance is
an effective risk management tool for dryland wheat farmers, the economics of
animal disease, and creating business plans for small and medium sized
businesses. His research has been supported by the USDA-NRI competitive grants
program, the Colorado Water Resources Research Institute, the USDA Agricultural
Research Service, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Colorado’s
Agriculture Experiment Station. Additionally, Professor Pritchett rides his
bike to work 250 days a year from a nearby mountain town.
WATER TREATMENT/REUSE, OIL AND GAS ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Ken Carlson is an Associate Professor in Civil
and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University with more than 20
years of experience in water treatment, wastewater handling and environmental
engineering. Dr. Carlson is the co-director of the Colorado Energy-Water
Consortium, a public-private partnership that is addressing water issues
associated with oil and gas exploration and production in Colorado and the
Rocky Mountain region. Current work with the consortium includes studies
related to fuel source water intensity, fracturing fluid treatment and
optimization of water management.
Recent research interests have included drinking water
treatment, fate of emerging contaminants in the environment and agricultural
pollutants including nutrients, pharmaceutical compounds and pesticides.
WILDLIFE AND CONNECTIVITY CONSERVATION
Kevin Crooks is
a professor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and
in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. His scientific research addresses
wildlife conservation and sustainability issues along the Front Range, as well
as in other areas of the nation experiencing rapid urban growth. Using a
variety of scientific techniques, including field observations, laboratory
experimentation, computer modeling and human dimension surveys, Crooks examines
the compelling impacts of anthropogenic disturbances on natural system caused
by urban sprawl and habitat fragmentation.
Crooks has studied a wide variety of species including
prairie dogs, bobcats, pumas, skunks and foxes. Among his many research grants,
his most noteworthy is his five-year NSF grant of $2.3 million through the
Ecology of Infectious Disease program to investigate the effects of urban
fragmentation on disease dynamics in wild cats.
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