Finding a CURE

Manhattan College recently opened a new Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability (CURES), which will focus on a wide range of issues and initiatives related to sustainability.

The Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability (CURES) plans to become a resource for faculty to advance and disseminate their existing and future research. The diverse research covers a broad range of topics, including watershed management, green building design, alternative energy, urban planning, environmental politics, sustainable business practices and environmental ethics. 

My biggest hope for CURES is that we can support and facilitate the kind of interdisciplinary research that’s going to be necessary to help make cities and their surrounding regions more resilient, sustainable and just.

The Center will support outreach to private and nonprofit organizations, while fostering the further integration of environmental education into Manhattan’s undergraduate program. Along with the College’s minors in environmental studies and environmental engineering, and a master’s program in environmental engineering, CURES will encourage the launch of additional majors and minors pertaining to sustainability education. 

“My biggest hope for CURES is that we can support and facilitate the kind of interdisciplinary research that’s going to be necessary to help make cities and their surrounding regions more resilient, sustainable and just,” says Jeff rey Myers, Ph.D., director of CURES and associate professor of English. “Thus, with the new Center, they will have the ability to share their knowledge with students, academic peers and with the greater community at large.” 

In the next year, the Center will host lectures with environmental experts to further expand the College community’s understanding of sustainability and green practices.