Who gets to thrive? A Metro DNA founding story.

The Spring 2018 issue of the University of Denver Magazine featured Metro DNA as one of several forward-looking sustainability solutions with which DU faculty and students have been engaged.

Susan Daggett, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute and recipient of the 2018 National Wildlife Federation’s Maggie Fox Award for women’s conservation leadership, began the conversations founding Metro DNA at their annual conference in 2014 when she co-hosted, with the Metropolitan Greenspaces Alliance, a featured track on Conservation in Metropolitan Regions and weekend workshop to envision local collective impact opportunities. Since then, Professor Daggett and other faculty and students have played a crucial role in supporting the alliance’s development, as well as continuing conversations advancing urban social-ecological research in Metro Denver through Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL) fellowships and class projects from geography to law.