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1744 Pearl St., Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 434-3909 | ceus@smc.edu

Native California Garden at The Center for Environmental and Urban Studies

The Center for Environmental and Urban Studies (CEUS) is a model of green design and an information and research center for students, faculty and the surrounding community.

As the hub of campus sustainability, the CEUS houses SMC's four eco-clubs, the Environmental Affairs Committee, the Transportation Task Force, a Student Greening Workshop program, and a library of eco-books and films. It also provides employment and internship opportunities as well as environmental career information.

The CEUS is a living laboratory with many green building features presented in an educational demonstration model. Some highlights include:

  • Solar tubes provide 100% of the light almost all year round.

  • Desks are made from sunflower seed shells. The coffee table was once a door.

  • Carpet and furniture upholstery are made from recycled water bottles.

  • Office computers and solar water heater are the only source for heat in the winter.

  • Plants are chosen off a list from NASA to efficiently filter indoor air. 

  • More energy is produced than consumed. 

  • Extensive composting and recycling make this a zero-waste office.

  • A library of books, DVDs, and seeds.