Built Environment

The built environment refers to the human-made surroundings that provide the setting for where we live, work and play.  It ranges in scale from homes and apartments to neighborhoods and cities, from sidewalks and interstate highways to backyards and regional parks. 

Our built environment and the way our community is designed affect our ability to make healthy choices and to be physically active. Land use codes, for example, can impact your access to healthy food from a local grocery store or a community garden. Urban planning policies, including density for instance, will affect the “walkability” of your neighborhood.  It makes sense that a sprawled community requires you to get into your car for errands and everyday travel, whereas a compact neighborhood allows for reasonable walking distances to work, school and other ordinary trips.

Through engagement and collaboration, we can all have a say in the design of our community. CanDo works to ensure that where we live, work and play – whether by choice or by necessity – offers the greatest opportunities for making healthy choices and being physically active.

Built Environment Work Group

The Built Environment Work Group (BEWG) is comprised of citizens and agency representatives from the Fort Collins community committed to increasing awareness and pursuing policy solutions to promote health through the built environment. For more information or to join, contact Stacey Clark at stacey.clark@uchealth.org or (970)495-7433.

Click here for the minutes from our November 2014 BEWG meeting, which featured a presentation by Ray Browning, director of CSU’s Physical Activity Lab and professor with Health and Exercise Science titled “Friendly to Fun: Celebrating our Ability to Move”.

Upcoming Meetings:
All meetings are held in the City of Fort Collins’ Community Room (215 North Mason).

12/17/14 – 3:00-4:30

1/21/15 - 3:00-4:30

2/25/15 - 3:00-4:30

3/18/15 - 3:00-4:30

4/15/15 - 3:00-4:30

5/20/15 - 3:00-4:30

6/17/15 - 3:00-4:30

7/15/15 - 3:00-4:30

8/19/15 - 3:00-4:30

9/16/15 - 3:00-4:30

10/21/15 - 3:00-4:30

11/18/15 - 3:00-4:30

12/16/15 - 3:00-4:30

Note: All meetings are the 3rd Wednesday except February which is the 4th Wednesday.

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Neighborhood Empowerment Team

The Neighborhood Empowerment Teams (NET) are an alliance of neighborhood residents and staff from the City of Loveland and CanDo.  The goal for each NET is to build understanding and support for improved opportunities for healthy eating and active living in their neighborhood. For more information, contact Katie Guthrie, Loveland Health Planner, at katie.guthrie@uchealth.org.

Policy and Technical Assistance

CanDo’s Health Planners provide technical assistance to local governments and developers interested in creating healthy places and policies.  With a background in city planning and public health, our staff combine knowledge of local data and resources with current best practices to promote plans, policies, and developments that create healthy opportunities for our community members.  Please contact Stacey Clark at stacey.clark@uchealth.org in Fort Collins or Katie Guthrie at katie.guthrie@uchealth.org in Loveland for more information.

CanDo spotlight!

See Stories from the Terrace, a photovoice project from youth at Maple Terrace about their take on their community.