Energy & the environment

This field looks at how societies manage and govern natural and environmental resources. The School of Public Affairs faculty study conflict, collaboration, and communication in areas such as water resource management, oil and gas extraction, climate change, and environmental disasters. Our alumni are leaders in environmental agencies and nonprofits, working on topics ranging from sustainable community practices to wildlife management to environmental justice.


Latest news on energy & the environment


Latest research

Assessing the Range and Nature of Concord and Conflict in Energy Infrastructure Sitings

Christopher M. Weible and Tanya Heikkila Kyu-Dong Park, Sharon Smolinski, Jill Yordy and Jongeun You

A Comparative Diagnosis of Policy Conflicts: Examining Unconventional Oil and Gas Development across the US

Professors Tanya Heikkila and Christopher Weible, University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs Jennifer Kagan and Jill Yordy


Alumni stories

Our School of Public Affairs alumni make a huge impact in Colorado and beyond! Read their stories.


  • MPA alumna Rachlin Produces Video Series on Barriers and Best Approaches to Effective Environmental Protection

    Jan 19, 2021 by Toula Wellbrook
    For her capstone project, Danielle Rachlin created an hour-long video series for young people featuring environmental enforcement experts. Her capstone experience inspired her to begin a van-life journey across all 50 states to create videos that explore public lands and environmental issues across the country.
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    An interview with Kristen Freaney on breaking into the outdoor industry, diversity and COVID-19

    Apr 7, 2020 by Guest Contributor
    Emma Sindelar (AMPA ’20) completed this interview with Kristen Freaney from the Outdoor Industry Association as part of her specialization in nonprofit management. Specializations are an opportunity for students in the accelerated Master of Public Administration program to customize their degree by completing a series of co-curricular activities in their area of interest. These activities are intended to deepen a student’s understanding of a content area and to provide opportunities for professional development.
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    An interview with Amanda Jameson, Community Relations Director at Big City Mountaineers Big City Mountaineers

    Apr 1, 2020 by Joan Fishburn
    Emma Sindelar (AMPA ’20) completed this interview with Amanda Jameson from Big City Mountaineers, a Denver-based nonprofit, as part of her specialization in nonprofit management. Specializations are an opportunity for students in the accelerated Master of Public Administration program to customize their degree by completing a series of co-curricular activities in their area of interest. These activities are intended to deepen a student’s understanding of a content area and to provide opportunities for professional development.
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