Who We Are

We are a group of academics, environmental professionals and community partners committed to improving the quality of life in our urban communities, especially those that have been historically underserved. We have expertise in science, policy, ethics, natural history, urban planning and educational practices.

We operate as a center within LMU that provides interdisciplinary opportunities for scholarship, teaching and community program development.

A Few of Our Recent Accomplishments

Over the past year, over 1000 students visited Ballona Discovery Park.

During the 2013-2014 school year 225 instructors participated in our suite of professional development programs.

Currently, CURes provides core content expertise and professional development support to 55 teachers participating in the STELLAR Project across three school districts of high need: Lennox, Wiseburn, and Environmental Charter.

The Restorative Justice Project hosted over 100 presenters who spoke at LMU’s 13th annual Bellarmine Forum on the topic of Restorative Justice.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, 45 LMU Undergraduate students spent a total of 4500 hours doing research with CURes.

Our Funders

A broad range of funders support our programs. These benefactors include the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, the Annenberg Foundation, the Collins Foundation and the USDA Forest Service.