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Community Vitality

We guide the design and enhancement of urban environments to improve the health of communities.

Many of our greatest problems and opportunities are at the urban scale, not the building scale. We use our skills in community facilitation and program development to support municipalities and community coalitions in making a meaningful impact on the health and vitality of urban environments.

Core Services

We work with districts and municipalities to develop policies and programs that encourage residents, developers and planners to approach the design and development of our communities with integrated systems thinking. We work with cities to connect municipal goals (such as climate action, connectivity, biodiversity, green building, or public health) to program solutions.

We work with non-profits, coalitions and community members to evaluate civic needs that will engage populations in healthy eating, active living, and other approaches that will enable them to thrive. We work to summarize community input into actionable program plans through synthesis and by using approaches such as walking audits, application of district scale sustainability protocols , spatial analyses and community sourced design and focus groups.

We build interdisciplinary research teams from CSU and other institutions to address our most important climate, equity, health, and infrastructure research questions. By convening teams of researchers with public and private sector stakeholders, we help to expand the vision of teams working on large and complex urban redevelopments.

Selected Project Highlights

Have a project in mind?

Contact us to talk to a project manager about your project or problem you are trying to solve.  We’ll work with you to create a scope of work, with defined outcomes and clear returns.

"IBE helped us bring community members and neighbors to the table and turn concern and opposition into dialog and support. Their skillful facilitation and outreach techniques were perfectly designed to suit our needs and tremendously valuable in the ultimate success of our project.”."

- Kristen Fritz, Housing Catalyst

Area Leadership