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IGERT Associates in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure

Why Sustainable Urban Infrastructure?

With unprecedented increases in urban populations, constrained water supplies, energy shifts to mitigate climate change, and vulnerability to disasters, cities worldwide are seeking more sustainable infrastructures that are resilient, high-performing, resource-efficient, cost-effective and environment-friendly. Designing such infrastructures requires emerging technologies to be well-integrated with urban planning, public policy and participatory community efforts.

Our IGERT Program

Through a $3.2M IGERT award from the National Science Foundation, four schools and colleges on the University of Colorado Denver campus together offer  innovative inter-disciplinary graduate education for master’s and PhD level students on sustainable urban infrastructure. Our program focuses on sustainable water, energy, transport, sanitation and built environment infrastructures in cities worldwide. This work builds upon a GAANN grant from the US Department of Education.  For more information on the IGERT grant, please visit

Master’s students in the School of Public Affairs may apply to be designated as an IGERT Associate.  In this role, students take and successfully pass all four of the IGERT course requirements:

  • Introduction to Sustainable Urban Infrastructure
  • Defining and Measuring Sustainability
  • Planning and Policy for Sustainability
  • One sector specific elective
  • Students must also complete a Masters Report/Project in the area of Sustainable Infrastructure

The completion of these requirements are reviewed by IGERT Program Coordinator Luann Rudolph, Dr. Anu Ramaswami (Director of the IGERT) and your faculty advisor. In order to officially enroll as an Associate, please email Ms. Rudolph for an application. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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