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CU Boulder, Deloitte Launch Climate Innovation Collaboratory to Accelerate Action on Climate Crisis

Collaboratory will drive critical research and application of climate solutions for government agencies

BOULDER, Colo., April 19., 2022 — Deloitte and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) today launched a new Climate Innovation Collaboratory to translate cutting-edge climate research and data into meaningful climate solutions for federal, state and local government agencies and communities.

CU Boulder is a powerhouse of research and proven interdisciplinary approaches in the climate sciences and innovative technology solutions. Deloitte specializes in helping government agencies mitigate the impacts of climate change and achieve their ambitious climate equity, resilience and sustainability goals. The new Collaboratory brings together the power and experience of both organizations.

Deloitte’s initial $2 million commitment will accelerate the research and application of climate solutions being developed by CU Boulder and Deloitte climate professionals.

“This collaboration will expand government access to critical climate data and science, encourage the exchange of public information, and support the work being done at CU Boulder’s 12 research institutes and more than 75 research centers,” said Terri Fiez, vice chancellor for research and innovation at CU Boulder.

Findings from the 2022 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change speak to the urgent need for action on climate change. CU Boulder and Deloitte will continuously connect work from the Climate Innovation Collaboratory to market applications and support government agencies with collaborative proposals and response efforts.

“We’re proud to team up with the University of Colorado Boulder to develop the tools and resources that government agencies need to accelerate their progress on climate solutions at this critical time,” said Deborah Sills, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, who serves as the climate and sustainability leader for Deloitte’s government and public services (GPS) practice and a member of Deloitte’s U.S. board. “Working together, we will help design and implement data-driven approaches to address the climate crisis; build a more equitable, sustainable society; and foster a more resilient environment for generations to come.”

The Collaboratory will start with two research and technology development projects addressing environmental challenges in the United States, including one project on wildfire risk assessments and another project on drought mitigation.

“This is a critical moment to redefine the nation’s wildfire risk,” said Jennifer Balch, professor of geography and director of Earth Lab, an earth data synthesis center housed at CU Boulder. “Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated, thousands of homes have been lost and over a hundred people lost their lives in blazes in just the past three years. An amazing wealth of data on fire and homes — from government data and satellite imagery — offers an opportunity to build resilience solutions to acute wildfire risk.”

“The current 20-year megadrought throughout the western United States is the worst in more than 1,200 years and is intensifying social and economic stressors,” said Evan Thomas, professor of environmental engineering and director of the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering and director of the Collaboratory. “We have an opportunity with technology and with collective community action to improve management and conservation of our surface and groundwater resources.”

The Collaboratory, hosted by the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering, will also focus on a wide range of climate priorities, including but not limited to building public-private innovation and entrepreneurship capacity, expanding the deployment of technologies, enhancing organizational decision-making with robust earth science data, improving the analysis of energy systems and advancing climate equity and environmental justice.

“This innovative collaboration with the University of Colorado Boulder will help government officials access, analyze and interpret the latest climate data and research to strengthen their program execution,” said Mike Canning, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Deloitte’s GPS leader. “We are committed to this alliance and to helping those on the front line better protect their communities, mitigate the climate crisis and make an impact that matters for generations to come.”

Powered by cutting-edge data, analytics, technology and climate research, Deloitte helps government agencies tackle evolving and complex environmental challenges and deliver impactful outcomes that improve sustainability, reduce emissions, increase resilience, drive environmental justice initiatives and advance equitable economic growth.

Deloitte’s climate action services prioritize:

  • Mitigation: Decarbonizing operations and achieving net-zero goals.
  • Adaptation: Identifying, assessing and managing climate risks, and building sustainability and resilience across government agencies.
  • Equity: Infusing environmental justice and equity into climate-related decision making.
  • Strategy: Designing robust climate strategies aligned with mission goals and policy requirements and informed by data and research.
  • Execution: Helping government agencies reduce carbon footprints through emissions reduction, resource efficiency and renewable energy solutions.
  • Management and Measurement: Using data-driven insights to adjust strategies in real time, manage risk, align performance with organizational goals and promote accountability.

Learn more about Deloitte’s commitment to climate action here.

About the University of Colorado Boulder
At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the University of Colorado Boulder is nationally recognized as one of only 36 AAU public research universities. Established in 1876, CU Boulder is a Tier 1 public research university with five Nobel laureates, nine MacArthur fellows and is the No. 1 public university recipient of NASA awards. CU Boulder is a leader in many fields, including aerospace engineering, earth and environmental science, physics and environmental law. The school partners with many notable federal research labs, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). CU Boulder Buff athletes compete in the NCAA Division I Pac-12 conference. During home football games, CU Boulder’s live bison mascot, Ralphie, can be found running the field with a team of handlers. CU Boulder is partnering with United Nations Human Rights to co-host the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit Dec. 1-4, 2022.

About Deloitte
Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including nearly 90% of the Fortune 500® and more than 7,000 private companies. Our people come together for the greater good and work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today’s marketplace — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthier society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them. Building on more than 175 years of service, our network of member firms spans more than 150 countries and territories. Learn how Deloitte’s more than 345,000 people worldwide connect for impact at


Media contacts:

Daniel Jacobs
Public Relations
Deloitte Services LP
+1 703 340 3625

Julie Poppen
Media Relations
CU Boulder
+1 720 503 4922

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