CUES Director John L. Renne was quoted in an article about All Aboard Florida’s Brightline high-speed rail transportation between West Palm Beach and Miami. Read the article
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, stakeholders and decision-makers are responding to and examining the storm’s impacts on Florida. To facilitate this discussion, the Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions (CUES) at Florida Atlantic University will convene a summit, Lessons from Hurricane Irma for Increasing Resilience: From Practice to Revising Plans and Policy on Tuesday, November 28, 2017–1:00-5:00 pm, in Fort Lauderdale.
Hosted by FAU’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions in partnership with:
FAU Harbor Branch
Institute for Healthy Aging and Lifespan Studies
Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES)
Freight Mobility Research Institute
Lecture and book signing at the Palm Beach Book Store on November 16, 2017 – 5:30-7:00 pm
Palm Beach Book Store
215 Royal Poinciana Way
Palm Beach, FL 33480
The FAU Incubator for Sustainable & Resilient Communities is a program that provides mayors and municipal leaders in South Florida the opportunity to draw upon experts for creative and attainable solutions to local problems. The process allows community leaders a safe space to hash out ideas with input from our team of experts, who assist with visioning creative solutions and identifying next steps in resolving issues.
At the end of the process, the mayor and key leaders depart with the group’s short and long-term recommended actions, strategies for accomplishing those actions, and a renewed sense of optimism for implementation in their community.FAU delivers a final report and can meet with the mayor and city leaders to discuss next steps towards implementation. Bring the FAU Incubator to your community
On September 12, 2017, CUES Director Dr. John L. Renne presented on the role of land use and transportation planning to the Future Interstate Study panel of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies in Austin, Texas. This committee is preparing a report to the U.S. Congress on the future of the Interstate Highway System. View this lecture
On NPR’s All Things Considered, host Robert Siegel interviewed CUES Director Dr. John Renne on the topic Florida Prepares To Evacuate Residents Ahead Of Hurricane Irma.
CUES director John Renne was featured in the Fall 2017 issue of Owl Research & Innovation (page 39). In partnership with the Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES), CUES invited the cities of Hollywood and West Palm Beach to participate in the inaugural FAU Incubator for Resilient & Sustainable Communities to address the challenges of climate change and aging infrastructure.
CUES faculty John Renne and assistant professor Louis Merlin were named as leading researchers in the field of transportation (page 20) along with Eric Dumbaugh, associate director of the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety, co-directing the National University Transportation Center with the goal of improving road safety (page 17).
The Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) is dedicated to helping communities and decision makers resolve urban and environmental issues through partnerships, education, and research throughout Florida and beyond. The Center works with policy-makers and the public in their pursuit of options for managing growth while preserving natural systems, promoting a strong economy and planning livable communities. Their broad constituency – consisting of local governments, state agencies, civic and business groups, academics, students, and professionals – supports, motivates, and benefits from the Center’s activities.
CUES is housed in the School of Urban & Regional Planning within the College of Design and Social Inquiry (CDSI). The Center works closely with undergraduate and graduate programs at CDSI and FAU’s School of Architecture, as well as with the Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES) and other centers.
Areas of Strength
- Urban and Regional Planning
- Community Planning
- Land Use Planning
- Transportation Planning
- Smart Growth & Sustainability
- Disasters and Emergency Preparedness
CUES was established July I, 1972 by Dr. John M. DeGrove, under the original name of the Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems (Joint Center). The name was changed in 2002 to more accurately identify the shift of the Center from focusing on problems to implementable solutions. Read CUES’s Joint Center Summary Report 1983-1987
CUES Director John Renne, PhD, AICP contributed to an article in the Wall Street Journal on June 27, 2017: A Florida Rail Project Breaks New Ground by Heidi Mitchell. The article reports on Brightline, the private-public partnership passenger rail project which is the first of its kind built in the U.S. in a century. Read the article
On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, FAU’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES),
School of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Architecture and the MetroLAB Collaborative presented a lecture with Professor Emeritus Robert Cervero, University of California-Berkeley: Active and Smart Mobility: Can They Co-Exist?
During the lunchtime lecture, Cervero presented his research on autonomous vehicles’ impacts on walking and cycling, two of the greenest forms of mobility conferring meaningful public health benefits. His work shows that autonomous, connected vehicles and other smart technologies are poised to promote increased automobility, stretching out cityscapes and in doing, may make it more difficult to walk and cycle. This talk drew upon research in the US and abroad on factors influencing active mobility and suggested pathways for increasing non-motorized transport in an era of autonomous technologies and other potentially disruptive megatrends.