The Nature Conservancy‘s mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
The Nature Conservancy is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:
- Research Design/ Data Collection/ Data Analysis: Collect, analyze, and/or model new or existing data related to tree canopy, the built environment, and environmental factors such as heat and air quality to better understand existing conditions in vulnerable neighborhoods (Globeville, Elyria-Swansea to start), potential future scenarios depending on varied levels of investment in new tree canopy, and associated public health outcomes.
- The Nature Conservancy is working in the Globeville, Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods of Denver to develop an implementation plan to move the community from 5% tree canopy to 20% tree canopy over an urgent but realistic time-frame (e.g., by 2050). We are hoping to develop a program with the City and other partners to invest in nearly 10,000 trees in the neighborhood to be planted over the next decade.
- Data Collection/ Data Analysis: As part of that plan, we want to better understand what current social, cultural, economic, and psychological beliefs and barriers might exist regarding trees and planting trees; what strategies or resources might help the community overcome some of those challenges and influence them to plant and care for new and existing trees; and how might we be able to broadly brand and market a large tree planting initiative to encourage participation and build community interest.
- Literature Review/ Policy Review: We want to understand what policies and administrative frameworks (e.g., city rules, regulations, subsidies, accounting standards, etc.) other communities and cities have put in place to increase tree canopy and to build resilience in the face of a hotter future. This could include a high-level assessment of other cities resiliency plans, but the greatest help would be a deeper analysis of specific policies, regulations, and programs that might have the greatest applicability to Denver, and ideally would support a more robust and resilient tree canopy.
- Research Design/ Data Collection/ Data Analysis: We want to figure out how to encourage a community-led stewardship model that would support community members in the stewardship of the new trees; how to help community members develop new skills; and what would encourage greater community-wide interest and participation in the program.
The Episcopal Church in Colorado is a diverse community of 104 worshiping communities (30,000 members) with a common faith. However you got here, wherever you are in your faith journey, we hope you find ways to connect and deepen your faith.
The Episcopal Church in Colorado is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:
- Literature Review/Research Design/ Data Collection (MATCHED): Conduct a Needs/Assets Assessment of all social ministries who are members of The Episcopal Church in Colorado (Especially as it is related to collective impact through the Anchor Institution model).
- Literature Review: How do you create a social network of cooperatives that has community impact and exchanges services with one another?
- Information Dissemination: Develop communication piece(s) to explain anchor institutions and address perceived barriers to achieving this mission for internal congregation leaders and members and for community members who are not direct members of the Church.
- Literature Review: Research precedent anchor institutions that we can learn from and adapt to our Colorado community (e.g. faith-based anchor institutions?).
- Literature Review (MATCHED): Research how churches can shift from a service model to an asset based community development model that impacts structural issues and inequities.
- Policy Analysis: Analysis on institutional change to better understand what steps institutions can take to acknowledge past harms (e.g. racism), promote healing, and become more inclusive moving into the future.
- Research Design/ Data Collection: Study on Church-based land developments to address community needs (e.g. creation of affordable housing on church-owned land).
- Literature Review/ Data Collection: How can congregations apply a Collective Impact approach to better understand community needs and strategies to address them?
Through electronic reuse PCs for People provides the opportunity for all low-income individuals and nonprofits to benefit from the life changing impact of computers and mobile internet.
PC’s for People is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:
- Program Evaluation: Implement a pre- and post-assessment to measure the impact of providing computers in students homes who did not have the money to purchase one and did not have one previously
- Data Collection: What information and/or experience helps a person feel confident in purchasing internet and technology?
- Literature Review/ Research Design: What level of education/competence is needed to make computer use most beneficial? Are there certain best practices that allow a person to use that technology better (e.g. resources, classes)?
- Policy Review: What government policies for internet inclusion would grow the market for low cost internet on refurbished computers? (e.g. San Antonio has a goal for 95% of families to have internet in their home by 2020.)
- Policy Review: What are some effective policies that would influence CO to recycle e-waste? CO currently has a 12% e-waste recycling rate vs 30% average in the nation.
- Literature Review/Data Collection: How do you get more corporate entities to donate technology waste? Do they need green goals? Do they need to better learn the value of their technology? How do we rethink corporate giving? (e.g. Case studies for current corporate tech donators)
- Research Design: Environmental scan to see what types of refurbishing and e-waste recycling is happening across the country. Create a set of criteria to identify current efforts, established recycling orgs, and identify what needs they have (e.g. software needs, full recycling effort)
- Literature Review: What makes a trailblazer city within the digital inclusion/digital equity movement (according to the National Digital Inclusion Alliance)?
- Research Design/ Data Collection: How do you set up connection points for technology and internet access in Denver Metro? Are there small technology hubs that people are accessing and that PCs for People can help resource (e.g family resource centers, recreation centers)?
Metro Denver Nature Alliance is a coalition of non-profit, government, research, and private sector partners seeking to align nature-based efforts to ensure more equitable access to nature and to promote healthy people, communities, and natural places.
Metro DNA is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:
- Program Evaluation: Develop evaluation program for Metro DNA informed by collective impact best practices. Want to learn how to evaluate our program, identify indicators of success, and collect data to illustrate impact.
- Info Dissemination: Create a geodatabase that can be featured on our website to house biophysical data from our large initiatives like Vision for People and Nature and qualitative data from Nature Narratives. Goal to have geodatabase track conservation efforts by Metro DNA.
- Policy Review: Create a legal tool box, research and analysis regarding the range of legal tools(e.g. policies, regulations) that can be used for urban conservation (e.g. brownfield redevelopment, watershed protection tools, land use and zoning tools) among local, state, and federal jurisdictions. What policy tools do individual jurisdictions have? What tools do they need? What is missing? Is there overlap?
- Literature Review: Develop a funding toolbox for increased investment (e.g., white paper on use of PRIs, social impact bonds, etc.). How do you fund ecosystem services?
- Data Collection: Continue implementation of Nature Narratives, a series of training workshops for our partners to learn about culturally meaningful story telling.
- Data Analysis/ Research Design: Analyze results of spring City Nature Challenge survey results which measure City of Denver resident’s perceptions of and connection to nature. Explore how we can develop a larger research project with fellow organizations that host these Nature Challenges that might analyze trends and changes from place to place.
- Internship: We would like student interns to represent Metro DNA at 2 conferences (Greater and Greener Conference, National Great Outdoors Day) in 2019 and report back findings to the team. Want to learn about successful initiatives and projects featured and explore how we might implement them here. Would also like student(s) to implement Nature Challenge survey at National Great Outdoors Day.