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
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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

John Renne to Chair Mobility Committee

CUES Director John Renne, Ph.D., AICP, was appointed by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to chair the Mobility Committee for Southeast Florida and the Caribbean District Council. ULI staff is excited for Renne to take a leadership role in helping to envision a future strategy for transportation and land use policy for South Florida and to look for opportunities to expand their work to issues across the Caribbean. Renne has also been appointed to Miami-Dade County Urban Expansion Area Task Force. This group will advise the county on containing or expanding urban growth.

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/).