About Us

The Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES) is a unique academic center because it is a collaboration between the departments of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sciences. This collaboration provides an opportunity to combine the best science, engineering, and design capabilities in order to better address urban environmental issues and questions.

New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the U.S. and has sustained environmental alterations and impacts for more than three centuries. This positions the state as a microcosm of current and potential environmental issues facing the U.S. CUES provides expertise and research related to environmental and natural resources, human and ecosystem health, and community development. Through collaborations with governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), other centers, and faculty members CUES also provides educational opportunities for Rutgers students interested in questions pertaining to environmental sustainability and resilience.

CUES contributes solutions to a wide-spectrum of urban environmental issues, ranging from designing an award-winning park (Voorhees Environmental Park) to leading research that supports reintroduction of the ecologically extinct Eastern Oyster in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary. To find descriptions of all CUES initiatives and project partners please click on the Projects link.