Dave Ellerbroek

Dave Ellerbroek

Graduate Faculty for Sustainability Transitions
Kelley Hall 108


Ph.D., Colorado State University, Environmental Engineering
M.S., Colorado School of Mines, Environmental Engineering,
B.A., University of Colorado Boulder, Geophysics


Dave’s interests include reclamation of land impacted from industrial activities and sustainability transitions for the food, energy, water and minerals industries. Sustainability transitions refers to the adoption of practices to secure natural resources (e.g. mineral, energy and water) in a manner that provides for the long term sustainability of people, ecosystems and the planet. In most Western societies, industrialization has preceded societal consciousness about the value and need to preserve natural resources. This has resulted in a legacy of disturbed, and in some cases, abandoned lands once used for industrial production or resource extraction. Dave has over 30 years of experience working with industry to reclaim lands impacted from industrial activities and return lands to beneficial reuse and restore ecological function. Dave spent two years as a post-doc researcher in Australia at CSIRO studying water and chemical movement in the post-mining environment. His international experience includes work in China, New Zealand, U.K, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Romania and Bulgaria.