SMC Center for Environmental & Urban Studies (CEUS)

The CEUS​—housed in a building that showcases innovative green construction materials and practices—is a living laboratory for sustainability. It provides information to help individuals apply sustainability to their personal lives and careers.

The hub of sustainability on the SMC campus, the CEUS is home to several 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 sustainable technology certificate programs in Photovoltaic Installation, Energy Efficiency, and Recycling and Resource Management.

The CEUS offers tours, information about eco 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 available to students as extra credit in selected courses.

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.) is "garden\garden"—a joint water-conservation experiment with the City of Santa Monica—with 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 plots for students and staff to experiment and learn to grow and harvest their own food.

For information about the CEUS, please visit smc.edu/sustainability, call (310) 434-3909, or drop by 1744 Pearl Street, Santa Monica.