Colorado State University - Pueblo helps CDOT with rest area, right of way projects
PUEBLO – The College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) and College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies (CEEPS) at Colorado State University-Pueblo are investigating ways for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to use alternative energy to sustain and maintain the state’s rest areas and right-of-way corridors as part of a $125,000 grant.
CSU-Pueblo was awarded a one-year, $125,000 contract from the CDOT, which maintains 32 rest areas and thousands of acres of right-of-way throughout the state. Through a competitive grant process, CDOT’s research branch selected CSU-Pueblo’s proposal for a study on “Assessment of CDOT Rest Areas for Sustainability Improvements and Highway Corridors and Facilities for Alternative Energy Source Use.”
The project involves collecting and analyzing existing data from CDOT; inspecting a representative sample of 20 percent of Colorado’s rest areas, and other CDOT facilities, for direct data gathering; and examining published and web-based information about best practices with regard to air and water quality and other sustainability and renewable energy issues, at rest areas not only across the United States but also elsewhere. Researchers at CSU-Pueblo also will review studies commissioned by the State of Colorado on the feasibility of various forms of renewable energy within the state, and make cost-benefit recommendations to CDOT.
Four graduate students from CSM and CEEPS, with subcontracting assistance from Boulder-based TerraLogic and Denver-based David Evans and Associates, will participate this summer with additional graduate student assistance in the fall.
Dr. Rick Kreminski, dean of CSM, serves as principal researcher on the project and said this project is yet another example of the hands-on research experiences that CSU-Pueblo provides its students that benefit the State as well.