Center for Urban Ecology & Sustainability
Ecology for the city.
The Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES) strives to connect students, faculty, and community in a common effort to research, educate, and empower change to inform and inspire a more sustainable future on Butler University’s campus, in Indianapolis, and globally. The CUES operates from two theoretical frameworks: the traditional ecological understanding of the interactions between and among organisms and their urban environment (ecology “in” the city) and a systems ecology perspective where the city itself is viewed as an ecosystem (ecology “of” the city). Through these dual lenses, we work to solve real-world sustainability problems facing today’s cities, or ecology “for” the city.
Because we recognize the importance and complexity that humans bring to the system, we aspire to connect disciplines—from biology to business and beyond—in the topic areas of zero waste, the built environment, food systems, social change, and ecological systems in order to establish best practices for a more sustainable society.
Research. Educate. Partner. Empower.
CUES initiatives, programs, and projects aim to progress cutting edge urban ecology and sustainability research, inform the public of scientific knowledge, and empower citizens to create individual and social change.
The CUES mission comes to life in the classroom, across Butler’s campus, and throughout the City of Indianapolis.
We strive to create a more sustainable world through research and collaboration with experts from natural and physical sciences, social sciences, health sciences, business, communications, urban planning, the arts, and education.
The CUES is enriching Butler curriculum with sustainability learning outcomes across departments through CUES-staff-led courses and nearly $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation.
Sustainability at Butler
Butler leads dynamic sustainability projects that create a positive environmental legacy for current students and future generations.
Through the Sustainability Leadership Cohort, students experience real-world internships that provide tangible skills for any career.
A Living Example
The Farm at Butler serves as a model for urban agriculture and a place-based hub for research, education, and outreach, both on campus and in the Indianapolis community.
We don’t accomplish all this on our own! The CUES relies on community partnerships that support both project and student success.