Our Research

Advancing Solutions to Challenges in Communities

CQGRD conducts research related to five program areas: Air Quality and the Natural Environment; Community Design; Healthy Places; Land Development and Regional Governance; and Transportation and Infrastructure. Our research team has expertise that spans each of these program areas allowing us to address many critical issues, develop state of the art approaches to problem solving, and deliver timely analyses and results.

We work with a variety of organizations to develop unique solutions to many emerging and current challenges and opportunities confronting the places in which we live.

Air Quality & the Natural Environment

We seek to enhance environmental quality and support sustainability by making people aware of the economic benefits and value of green infrastructure.

Community Design

Our Center seeks to improve the design, operation, efficiency, and livability of neighborhoods, cities, and regions by promoting awareness of good design.

Healthy Places

We contribute to the understanding and development of healthy places through Health Impact Assessments and other research.

Land Development

The Center seeks to improve the land development process by fostering leading-edge comprehensive planning practices, among other initiatives.


We support investment in innovative transportation infrastructure that supports quality growth, efficient movement of goods, and greater accessibility for all.