Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability, BUTLER UNIVERSITY

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Community
  • Environment
  • Hunger


4600 SUNSET AVEINDIANAPOLIS, IN 46208 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our mission is to innovatively research, educate, and empower Butler faculty, staff, and students and community partners in the research and establishment of best practices in urban ecology and sustainability that benefit society, the environment, and the economy. 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 The Farm a Butler, an interdisciplinary campus learning hub and example of urban sustainability.


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.


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