Urban Ecology Center

Welcome to the Urban Ecology Center (UEC) at Cal State LA.  The UEC will bring together researchers, students, and members of educational and community organizations from Los Angeles and other global metropolitan cities to address the most critical environmental needs of our city. 


The UEC, housed within Cal State LA’s College of Natural and Social Sciences (NSS), has three interlinked missions:

  1. Academic Research in urban ecology and biodiversity, food security, and environmental justice

  2. Practical Demonstration of sustainability and food security projects on campus

  3. Education and Outreach to develop a green workforce and environmentally conscious citizenry for Los Angeles

Urban Ecology Center Goals

The UEC at Cal State LA is a university-wide initiative that harnesses the expertise of faculty and students to promote environmental equity and justice, ensuring a sustainable future for local communities. By bridging the gap between natural and social sciences, the UEC fosters collaboration with non-profits, schools, colleges, city governments, and neighborhood councils, aiming to strengthen community ties. Through education, research, and active engagement, it empowers individuals and communities to reimagine their role in the world, promoting collective and individual responsibility towards a sustainable future.

Urban Ecology Events