Sustainable Built Environments

Tucson skyline Jan. 12, 2021

Research by Architecture Professor Courtney Crosson Shows that Neighborhood Farms Could be the Answer to Tucson's 'Food Deserts'

A study co-authored by Assistant Professor of Architecture Courtney Crosson makes a strong case that even in arid climates, urban farms can help neighborhoods get the nutritious food they need if the farms are irrigated in a sustainable way.

Statue of Liberty at sunset Jan. 8, 2021

America Adapts 2020 Climate Year in Review Podcast Features Planning and Sustainable Built Environments Professor Ladd Keith

Planning and Sustainable Built Environments Assistant Professor Ladd Keith was featured in a December 30, 2020 America Adapts podcast: "The 2020 Climate Year in Review."

Walkability in Tucson, by Gabby Abou-Zeid Dec. 9, 2020

Walkability in Tucson: Gabby Abou-Zeid '19 SBE

In her Sustainable Built Environments capstone project, Gabby Abou-Zeid ’19 SBE examines the role of Tucson, Arizona’s built environment in advancing the shift in travel behavior in favor of less carbon-intensive modes, through the lens of walkability.

Las Vegas Dec. 1, 2020

Planning Professor Ladd Keith on Heat as an Emerging Climate Risk for Urban, Low-Income Communities

CAPLA’s Ladd Keith was quoted extensively in a Climate XChange story on how, in Las Vegas, Nevada, hotter days will impact low-income, Black and Brown residents the most.

Nov. 16, 2020

Lecture Recap and Video: Missy Stults on Planning to Achieve Carbon Neutrality: A Story from Ann Arbor's Goal of Becoming Carbon Neutral by 2030

Sustainability and innovations manager Missy Stults works with all city operations, residents, businesses, the University of Michigan, nonprofits and others to make Ann Arbor one of the most sustainable and equitable cities in America. 

Hong Kong Sept. 21, 2020

From Hong Kong to Tucson: Cordell Lee '24 BS SBE

Cordell Lee, who is originally from Hong Kong, entered CAPLA's BS in Sustainable Built Environments program after completing his high school career in the United Kingdom.

Tucson's Congress Street at night Sept. 14, 2020

Sustainable Returns: Anthony Van Dao '22 BS SBE

Anthony Van Dao, who grew up in Tucson, entered CAPLA's Sustainable Built Environments program after coming to UArizona first as a B Arch student. After taking time off and realizing his passion was sustainability, he returned to UArizona for the SBE program.

Suzanne Ries Aug. 18, 2020

Meeting the Sustainability Challenge—on Earth and Beyond: Suzanne Ries ’21 BS SBE

Suzanne Ries, who is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, entered CAPLA's Sustainable Built Environments program after coming to UArizona first as a B Arch student. After a car accident that required an intense recovery process, she made the difficult decision to switch majors—igniting a passion for sustainable buildings and much more.

Las Vegas sign Aug. 7, 2020

CAPLA Professor Ladd Keith Discusses Urban Heat Islands in Las Vegas Review-Journal Article

Planning and Sustainable Built Environments Assistant Professor Ladd Keith was quoted in a recent Las Vegas Review-Journal article on urban heat islands and how heat and coronavirus bring a double threat to vulnerable populations.

Boy with face mask July 9, 2020

Planning and Sustainable Built Environments Professor Ladd Keith Featured in 'Heat, Health and COVID-19' Podcast

Planning and Sustainable Built Environments Assistant Professor Ladd Keith was featured in a June 30, 2020 Vitalyst Spark podcast on "Heat, Health and COVID-19," with a particular focus on Arizona.

SunBlock Mixed Use Multifamily May 28, 2020

CAPLA Places Four Finalist Teams in Solar Decathlon Design Challenge, Including a Winner and Honorable Mention

For the third year in a row, at least one College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture student team was named a finalist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Design Challenge—and this year a CAPLA team won its division.

Sweetwater Wetlands May 6, 2020

Is Tucson’s Water Secure? CAPLA Researchers Compare the Old Pueblo with Cities in Mexico and Argentina to Find Out

CAPLA researchers Adriana Zuniga-Teran and Philip Stoker partner with researchers from UArizona, Hermosillo, Mexico and Mendoza, Argentina to explore urban water security in the arid Americas.

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