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.

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Latest news on energy & the environment

  • School of Public Affairs faculty discuss responses to COVID-19 pandemic

    Apr 29, 2020 by Emma Martz
    A faculty panel discussed how their own work can inform critical challenges facing decision-makers. These include how the political environment is shaping the crisis response, the adaptation of first responders and health systems to new demands, as well as the impacts of stay-at-home orders on domestic violence.
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  • Trophy for Top 25 ranking

    For second year in a row, School of Public Affairs places in Top 25 in national rankings

    Mar 17, 2020 by Toula Wellbrook
    U.S. News & World Report today released its 2021 Best Graduate Schools Rankings, in which University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs maintains its position from last year: tied at number 25 in the nation for overall public affairs programs. The 2021 ranking positions the School of Public Affairs alongside Duke University, Florida State University, Georgetown University, University of Kentucky, University of Maryland–College Park, University of Nebraska–Omaha and University of Wisconsin–Madison. Additionally, the ranking sustains the school’s position as the top public affairs school in Colorado.
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  • Mark Safty, Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development at CU Denver School of Public Affairs

    School of Public Affairs hosts First Friday Breakfast event themed on Colorado’s Energy Future

    Oct 11, 2019 by Emma Martz
    The CU Denver School of Public Affairs welcomed October with its First Friday Breakfast Series this past Friday, October 4th. Partnering with the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities at the CU Denver Business School, the event welcomed four expert panelists to discuss “Colorado’s Energy Future.”
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