Thursday, March 11, 2010


As a former landscape architecture student from Cal Poly Pomona I am seriously considering getting a masters in Regenerative Studies, which led me to this post of explaining what that really is. The center for Regenerative studies was created by John T. Lyle a professor of landscape architecture at Cal Poly Pomona. Mr. Lyle had a challenge for his students and that was to envision a community in which daily activities were based on the value of living within the limits of available renewable resources without environmental degradation. He spent the next ten years with other students and faculty researching on how this could become possible.

Wikipedia defines Regenerative Design as "the processes that restore, renew or revitalize their own sources of energy and materials, creating sustainable systems that integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature." This was something that Mr. Lyle not only understood but wanted to teach to the future generations and
after speaking with a wide range of experts from around the world, his team published a proposal and a preliminary design and was able to raise $4.3 million from private foundations which led to the ground breaking in 1992.

The current director and landscape architecture professor Kyle Brown shared with me some of the things that the center is doing related to sustainability.

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