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

  • Former Vice President Al Gore guest of honor at sustainability fundraiser

    Sep 19, 2019 by Toula Wellbrook
    Nearly 300 leaders from Colorado’s government, nonprofit, business and academic communities gathered for University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs’ 20th Annual Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development Awards Ceremony with the theme: “Our Collective Future: The Path Forward,” featuring guest speakers former Vice President Al Gore and former Colorado Senator Timothy Wirth.
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  • Trophy for Top 25 award

    School of Public Affairs rises in national rankings, retains no. 1 spot in Colorado

    Mar 12, 2019 by Toula Wellbrook
    U.S. News & World Report today released its 2020 Best Graduate Schools Rankings, in which University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs advanced nine places since the 2018 rankings to tie for the number 25 position in the nation for overall public affairs programs. The 2020 ranking sustains the school’s position as the top public affairs school in Colorado.
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  • Former Senator Tim Wirth and Former Secretary of State John Kerry

    Sec. Kerry guest of honor at sustainability fundraiser for CU Denver School of Public Affairs

    Nov 5, 2018 by Toula Wellbrook
    Nearly 300 leaders from Colorado’s business, governmental, academic and nonprofit communities gathered for University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs’ 19th Annual Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development Awards Ceremony with the theme: “Facing Our Future: A Conversation with Secretary Kerry.”
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