Pablo La Roche, Director
James Blair, Graduate Coordinator
|James Blair, Geography and Anthropology
Kristen Conway-Gomez, Geography and Anthropology
Aaron Fox, Plant Science
Pablo La Roche, Architecture
|Teresa Lloro-Bidart, Liberal Studies
Jeff Marshall, Geological Sciences
Jerry Mitchell, Urban and Regional Planning
The mission of the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies is to advance the principles of environmentally sustainable living through education, research, demonstration and community outreach. The Lyle Center uses the term “regenerative” to emphasize the development of systems that restore and revitalize themselves, ensuring a sustainable future. Students in regenerative studies courses are challenged to assess the impact of society on the environment, and consider how communities can be supported by healthy, functioning natural systems that are improved, rather than degraded by our presence.
Situated on 16 acres within the Cal Poly Pomona campus, the Lyle Center is designed to serve as a living laboratory and center for teaching and research related to environmentally sustainable living. The Center showcases a wide array of regenerative principles, including passive-solar building design, solar energy technology, organic agriculture, and native plant community restoration. Students have the opportunity to reside and/or work at the Center. The Lyle Center has earned an international reputation for its innovative educational programs that focus on hands-on activities, and has hosted visiting scholars and students from around the world.
The Lyle Center offers unique interdisciplinary education through its regenerative studies and sustainability courses. These can be combined to fulfill the requirements of the undergraduate minor program. This minor prepares students to integrate sustainability and regenerative theories and practices into a wide variety of professional fields. A series of 3000-level courses provides a basic introduction to regenerative principles and can be used by all undergraduate students in the University to fulfill several general education requirements. More advanced 4000-level courses can be used as directed electives. Please check with faculty regarding prerequisites: these can be waived based on previous experience or knowledge of the individual student.