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I was fortunate to receive a George Malek student scholarship through my fellowship with IBE to attend the New Building Institute’s and Rocky Mountain Institute’s Getting to Zero Forum last month in Pittsburgh. Having moved here from New Zealand less …

The Power of the Pop-Up: How Citizens Are Transforming Public Places through Tactical Urbanism

Have you ever been walking down a street and thought, “Wow, this place is incredible?” Now, what was it about that place that was so incredible? Was it the unfinished sidewalks and cacophony of cars and trucks speeding down the …

Urban rivers should be an asset, not a liability

Many people consider rivers in urban areas to be dirty, dangerous, and polluted. Unfortunately, they aren’t always wrong. Urban rivers are convenient dumping grounds for waste, and can flood, threatening homes and businesses. However, it doesn’t have to be this …

IBE Seeks Organizational Sustainability Manager

IBE is hiring! The Organizational Sustainability Manager will join IBE’s interdisciplinary team to work with corporations, municipalities, and other organizations to develop programs that enhance sustainability performance. IBE’s organizational sustainability work spans program design and management, sustainability reporting, behavior engagement, …

Placemaking, Tactical Urbanism, & the Struggle for Community Identity

Population growth in Colorado is difficult to ignore, and isn’t expected to slow any time soon. According to the Colorado State Demographers, the population on Colorado’s Front Range could double by the year 2050. How can communities retain their character …

Regenerative Development and Denver’s Sun Valley EcoDisctrict: An Interview with Callahan Seltzer

IBE’s Brigid McCreery, Sustainability Associate, interviewed Callahan Seltzer about regenerative development and the SunValley EcoDistrict. Callahan leads CityCraft’s Integrated Research Center (CIRC) for the Rocky Mountain Front Range Bio-Region, and is an urban planner whose work focuses on regenerative planning …

Developing Carbon Metrics For Sun Valley EcoDistrict

Sun Valley: Denver’s Future EcoDistrict With a population of over 5 million in Denver’s wider metropolitan area, Sun Valley is set to become the city’s first EcoDistrict. Sun Valley is a small, low density, low income, central Denver district of …

8 Key Design Features of Lifelong Homes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 90% of Americans would like to stay in their homes as long as possible, especially as they age. Although this is the preference for most, many homes in our community …

9 Tips for Making Your Brainstorming Meetings More Effective

  1. Start with group-defined ground rules. People often hate group brainstorms because they’ve probably had bad experiences in which a few people have dominated the conversation. Or, some people don’t feel “important” enough to speak up, so they sit …

Discovering the Essence of Fort Collins Through Story of Place

By Josie Plaut Fort Collins anticipates 100,000 new community members in the next 15 years. Who will we become? There are growing concerns about losing what makes this place special.  For better or worse, people have discovered that living in …

Northwest Fort Collins’ Vision For A Community Health Hub

About a year ago, a group of Fort Collins health and social service providers came together to discuss the potential of a large 20+ acre piece of land in northwest Fort Collins, purchased by Salud Family Health Centers. After much …