Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2016

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Thomas Andrews

Second Advisor

Abbey Hickcox

Third Advisor

Mithi Mukherjee


This thesis investigates how the creation of the greenbelt in Boulder between 1959 and 1967. It explores how the expanding university and growing faculty after World War II impacted the city of Boulder, Colorado. In studying university faculty and their attitudes towards the environment, the paper examines primarily the activist organizations and the effect of those organizations on municipal decisions. The study helps us understand environmentalisms development on a local scale before the later national environmental agenda in the 1970s. This paper is concerned primarily with the new intellectual activists immigrating to Boulder in the 1950s who originated and promoted the idea of a greenbelt in Boulder, Colorado.

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