SMC Center for
Environmental & Urban Studies
The CEUS is a living laboratory for sustainability, showcasing innovative green building materials and practices. It provides information to help individuals become more efficient and lead a sustainable life that reduces impacts on the environment.
The hub of sustainability on the SMC campus, the CEUS is home to student environmental clubs and committees working on campus sustainability initiatives and research. The CEUS also works to promote sustainability throughout the SMC curriculum and support the SMC technology certificate programs.
The CEUS offers tours, information about environmental events and organizations, and an extensive library of books, videos, and even seeds. The CEUS is also headquarters for Sustainable Works and the popular sustainability workshops.
Demonstration Gardens – The CEUS features an all-native landscape, rain barrels, and demonstration vegetable garden. A few doors down (at 1718 and 1724 Pearl St., opposite the College) is “garden\garden.” The joint project with the City of Santa Monica is a public water-conservation experiment featuring two side-by-side residential gardens showing the difference in water use and maintenance when native plants are used. In the center of SMC’s main campus, the Organic Learning Garden hosts 14 plots for students and staff to experiment and learn to grow and harvest their own food.
For information about the CEUS, please visit
or drop by 1744 Pearl Street, Santa Monica.