About CUES

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
  • Resilience
  • Disasters and Emergency Preparedness
Learn more about our research >
Learn more about our community engagement >

History

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

Florida Rail Project Breaks New Ground

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

Robert Cervero Lectures on Active & Smart Mobility

Professor Cervero lectures at FAU

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.

CUES Director Cited on Hurricane Evacuation in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Wired

Dr. John Renne, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, was cited in a recent article in The Atlantic on the possible role of self-driving cars in hurricane evacuations: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/10/self-driving-cars-evacuations/504131/. Dr. Renne has also been cited regarding hurricane evacuation recently in The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/11/us/hurricane-matthew-southeast-flooding.html?_r=0) and Wired (https://www.wired.com/2016/10/move-2-million-people-hurricane-matthews-way/).

CUES Megaphone Project Gives Citizens a Louder Voice

Assembled by the FAU Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) staff, graduate assistants, and volunteers, “The Megaphone” is a re-purposed shipping container that has been turned into a creative hub that amplifies the voice of the Sistrunk community in downtown Fort Lauderdale. While exchanging local knowledge through mapping everyday stories of place, the CUES project team is developing planning tool kits that support and promote industries that lead to a “Made in Sistrunk” mentality.