The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

CEPD Associate Director Diane Pataki is on sabbatical this year, traveling to see the unique urban ecology and planning/design approaches in other semi-arid cities around the world.  You can keep up with all of Dr.Pataki’s adventures by following her travel blog!

Urban Greening Science Blog

Featured Events


Probletunity Sessions: Waste + Recycling.  Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 10 – 11 AM in the Den, Union (1st floor).  All are welcome!

Talk issues. Uncover collaborations.  Build change.  Join Campus Facilities, the Sustainability Office, and the GCSC in bringing positive change to campus. Light refreshments will be provided.


Sunday Science Salon: People, Place, Design: Can We Achieve Thriving, Life-sustaining Urban Landscapes in the Hot, Dry West? Featuring the CEPD’s very own Dr. Sarah Hinners.

Sunday, January 12th at 1:00 PM, Natural History Museum of Utah.  Lectures and admission to Nature All Around Us are included with Museum admission and free for Museum Members and University of Utah faculty, staff, and students.

More information available on the museum’s website:


CEPD Faculty Affiliate Dr. Divya Chandrasekhar: on the Huge Role that Climate Change Plays in Exacerbating Natural Disasters.

The latest National Preparedness Report ignores the impact the changing climate is having on natural disaster frequency and intensity.  Sitting down with the local NPR station, Dr. Chandrasekhar explains why recognizing the relationship between climate change and natural disasters is so crucial to disaster preparedness and recovery.

Read the full story and listen to the audio here:


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