Urban and Regional Planning Department

Mission and Values

Our vision is to be a national leader in educating skilled, engaged planners and creating vibrant, sustainable communities.

Inspired by our setting in the downtown of a thriving urban center in the dynamic Rocky Mountain region, our mission is to:

Teach
Teach our students the knowledge, skills, and values they need to be confident, principled, and visionary planners, using Colorado as our classroom to engage students in real-world, experiential learning.

Advance
Advance the field of planning through insightful, relevant research that directly informs policy and design, and improves our built, natural, and social environments.

Serve
Serve as a vital resource for communities and professionals, and help develop sustainable solutions to our region’s complex planning challenges.

Seven core values inspire all the work we do:

Advocacy
We believe planners must be visionary in their work, politically engaged, and articulate proponents for positive change.

Collaboration
We believe planners must understand and value the principles and perspectives of allied disciplines that participate in planning and city building.

Engagement
We believe students should learn planning by interacting directly with professionals and the public to solve real-world planning challenges.

Interdependency
We believe cities are inextricably tied to each other and to their ecological, regional and global contexts.

Community Service
We believe our program should serve as a resource for planning professionals and the public by offering ideas, solutions, research, advocacy, and inspiration.

Sustainability
We believe planning must be based on the principles of economic viability, environmental resiliency, and social equity.

Urbanism
We believe in the potential of cities and towns to be the most efficient, equitable and inspiring forms of human settlement.

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