Coming in February: 2015 Martz Winter Symposium

We want to spread the word about the 2015 Martz Winter Symposium being held this February at the CU-Boulder School of Law. Presented by the Getches Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment (GWC), the conference will focus on issues that are of special interest to us here at the Mortenson Center. The symposium will … More Coming in February: 2015 Martz Winter Symposium

Welcome Back!

Welcome to another year at the Mortenson Center here at CU-Boulder! We hope you had an interesting and relaxing summer vacation and have arrived on campus invigorated and excited to teach and to learn. This summer, Professor Paul Chinowsky was in the news twice talking about climate change, its impact on infrastructure, and strategies to deal with … More Welcome Back!

Green Infrastructure vs. Gray Infrastructure

A combined sewer system (CSS) is one in which both storm water and sanitary sewage are collected and conveyed in the same system. Some 700 United States cities rely on such combined systems to handle waste water issues. It doesn’t take much imagination to envision potential problems for such systems, especially in light of the … More Green Infrastructure vs. Gray Infrastructure

Renewable Energy Investment: Making It Happen

It’s one thing to have renewable energy as a stated policy goal, as in: “Our government supports an increase in using more energy from renewable sources.” It’s one thing to have solar panels on individual houses, or wind turbines on small corporate properties. Large scale investment in renewable energy? That’s another thing entirely. According to the … More Renewable Energy Investment: Making It Happen

Development And Disasters: Super Typhoon Haiyan

Here at the Mortenson Center blog, we are pleased to continue our series of blog posts written by students. On November 8, 2013 Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) made landfall in Guiuan in the Eastern Samar province of the Philippines. The storm was recorded as having sustained wind speeds of 196 mph with gusts up … More Development And Disasters: Super Typhoon Haiyan

Shift Thinking

At the same time that evidence of global climate change is confronting us all over the world, we humans seem to be more anxious to deny it altogether or to pretend that we can avoid dealing with its consequences for another year, another decade, another century. What does it take to convince people that changes … More Shift Thinking

Urban Planning for the 21st Century: Join An Online Discussion Tomorrow

On Thursday, August 29th, The Guardian’s Global Development Professionals’ Network online group is going to be holding an online discussion on the topic of “Redesigning Cities: Could Urban Planning Be A Catalyst For Development?” You can read the article announcing the discussion here. According to the article, 3.5 billion people live in cities worldwide, some 1 … More Urban Planning for the 21st Century: Join An Online Discussion Tomorrow

Successful Recovery After Natural Disasters: A Guest Blog Post

This blog post was written by Amy Javernick-Will, Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering. Around the world, natural disasters destroy or delay investments in development. Catastrophic disasters, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, cause massive destruction and deaths. However, the … More Successful Recovery After Natural Disasters: A Guest Blog Post

Climate Change: A Real Threat To Development

Climate change.  The phrase alone causes individuals to take a position immediately. “Climate change is nothing but another creative way for scientists to get government grants.”  “Climate change is threatening our way of life and we need to do something about it – immediately.”  “Climate change is a liberal invention.”  “Climate change is a United … More Climate Change: A Real Threat To Development