As our climate changes, communities are learning how to adapt. Cities must be designed to withstand increasingly severe weather. Engineering, architecture, land use, and disaster planning are all disciplines that take on even greater importance. Learn about what some students, schools, and communities are doing to address the impacts of a changing climate.


Vulnerability, Adaptability, Resilience and Transformability

This infographic depicts Vulnerability, Adaptability, Resilience and Transformability Project.


Vulnerability, Adaptability, Resilience and Transformability, (V-ART) addressed fire and flood events that have had profound effects on mountain communities and the children who have experienced these natural disturbances first hand. Chris Ray, from the Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research Station, and Patrick Bourgeron, from the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, collaborated with elementary school teachers in mountain communities to develop a V-ART curriculum for grades K-5.

Illustration by Jane G. Smith.


The Mountain Research Station is an interdisciplinary facility of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research providing mountain ecosystem research and educational opportunities for scientists, students, and the general public.
Science Discovery - CU Boulder

Science Discovery is an experience-based, educational outreach program that stimulates scientific interest, understanding, and literacy among Colorado's youth, teachers, and families.

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History contributes to knowledge of the natural world and the humanities through research, teaching, and public education. The museum offers a wide variety of K-12 and adult educational programs and activities throughout the year, including lectures, family days, and guided tours.

The Biological Sciences Initiative (BSI) provides research, classroom, and professional development experiences for K-12 teachers and students interested in the biosciences.
SPP - CU Boulder

The CU-Boulder Environmental Center's Sustainable Practices Program offers individual courses and professional certificates for people who are interested in sustainability training. Courses are offered on-line as well as in person, and are aimed at the continuing education needs of the working professional.

Communication And Social Engagement (CASE) provides CU-Boulder students with opportunities to serve their communities in the interest of environmental sustainability and communication scholarship.