Center for Urban Ecology
Ecology for the City
The Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) strives to connect students, faculty, and community in a common effort to explore, enhance, and steward the urban environment through research, education, and outreach. The CUE 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 problems facing today’s cities, or ecology “for” the city.
Because we recognize the importance and complexity that humans bring to the system, all of our projects are inherently interdisciplinary, engaging disciplines across Butler’s campus from biology to business, and beyond.
Interdisciplinary Research with Real World Impact
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.
A Living Example of Sustainability
The CUE Farm serves as a model for urban agriculture and a place-based hub for research, education, and outreach both within Butler and in the Indianapolis community.
Community Partnerships that Expand Impact
We don’t accomplish all this on our own! The CUE relies on community partnerships that support both project and student success.
Experiential Opportunities for All Butler Students
Our student internship and volunteer opportunities offer experiential learning, both on and off campus, to students from all majors. Recent students have come from business, international studies, biology, sociology, and more!