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Routes to Sustainability for Natural Gas Development and Water and Air Resources in the Rocky Mountain Region

The University of Colorado Boulder is the lead institution for a Sustainability Research Network (SRN) funded by the National Science Foundation. The Network will engage twenty-seven researchers at nine institutions:

  • California State Polytechnic University Pomona
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado School of Public Health (University of Colorado Denver)
  • Colorado State University
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • University Center for Atmospheric Research
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Michigan





The mission of this Sustainability Research Network is to provide a logical, science- based framework for evaluating the environmental, economic, and social trade-offs between development of natural gas resources and protection of water and air resources and to convey the results of these evaluations to the public in a way that improves the development of policies and regulations governing natural gas and oil development.

Our goal is to find the balance between maximizing the development of natural gas and oil resources – for the benefits of short-term reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from power generation and transportation, national energy independence, and national job growth – and minimizing damage to water and air resources and risks to human health.

NSF Proposal Summary

Click here to see the one-page project summary, submitted with our proposal to NSF