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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.
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ADVANCE
Advance the field of planning through insightful, relevant research that directly informs policy and design, and improves our built, natural, and social environments.
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SERVE
Serve as a vital resource for communities and professionals, and help develop sustainable solutions to our region’s complex planning challenges.
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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.
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COLLABORATION
We believe planners must understand and value the principles and perspectives of allied disciplines that participate in planning and city building.
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ENGAGEMENT
We believe students should learn planning by interacting directly with professionals and the public to solve real-world planning challenges.
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INTERDEPENDENCY
We believe cities are inextricably tied to each other and to their ecological, regional and global contexts.
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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.
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SUSTAINABILITY
We believe planning must be based on the principles of economic viability, environmental resiliency, and social equity.
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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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