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Center for Urban Ecology

About the CUE

The Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) is an academic center at Butler University dedicated to the science of urban ecology since 2004. In the liberal arts tradition, we view urban ecology as inherently interdisciplinary and aspire to engage disciplines across Butler’s campus—from biology to business and beyond—in gaining a fundamental understanding of urban ecology for a more sustainable society.

The CUE is located on the Butler University campus in Gallahue Hall, Room 068. Our location within Indianapolis enables us to focus our efforts on the needs and challenges facing the city. While some of these issues may be unique to the local community, many are common to urban areas across the globe. It is our desire that the lessons learned here can be usefully applied elsewhere. 

Our Vision

To be a national leader in the engagement of undergraduate students in the study, research, and practice of urban ecology through established local leadership in urban ecology research and community engagement in Indianapolis.

Our Mission 

To innovatively explore, steward, and enhance urban ecosystems.

We achieve our mission, by engaging Butler students, faculty, and staff as well as community partners in interdisciplinary research and education through place-based projects and public discourse. One of our most visible projects is the CUE Farm on Butler’s campus, an interdisciplinary learning hub and example of urban sustainability.

Annual Reports

FY 2016-2017 CUE Annual Report: Cultivating Capacity

FY 2017-18 CUE Annual Report: Cultivating Capacity