DCR is a program within theCenter for Sustainable Building Research in the College of Design. The goal of DCR is to
turn civic challenges into sustainable opportunities. This is done in the pre-design phase by developing goals and design ideas which can later be utilized by architects or consultants.
This UROP project seeks to identify ways improve the services of the DCR program while also creating a better understanding of the local needs, strengths, and barriers in implementing sustainable design. It seeks to study the needs of four Minnesotan communities and delivery of the DCR program and its potential gaps. Better understanding the local conditions and their effects on the design process the project seeks to reach conclusions which will further the implementation of sustainable design.