CURes society and the environment research examines the social components of urban ecological systems.
LA STEW-MAP is part of a USDA Forest Service national research program that seeks to inventory, characterize, and geographically map the activities and relationships of environmental stewardship organizations in urban areas. This project aims to improve both the scholarship and practice surrounding environmental stewardship, and governance of urban natural resources. One applied goal of the project is to inform development of a suite of online, publicly available tools that can facilitate local and regional natural resource planning and management. STEW-MAP has been implemented in Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Juan, and Seattle, allowing CURes to compare Los Angeles with other cities in the country.
CURes is currently working on creating a STEW-MAP for the LA River, along with partner organizations.
With support from Edison International, CURes conducted a study to inventory existing climate change resilience organizations for San Bernardino County, CA. A climate change resilience (CCR) organization is any organization that places emphasis on building a community resilient to the effects of climate change. This includes social equity nonprofits, sustainability research programs, government agencies, and any organization that displays a goal to build community climate change resilience. Climate change resilience can be defined as the community’s ability to withstand the increasingly severe effects of climate change like drought, heat waves, and wildfires. This project identified CCR organizations that are located within San Bernardino or have definitively served and will continue to serve the county from other locations. The results of the inventory were summarized in the San Bernardino Climate Adaptation Organizations Report and displayed on the map below.
CURes is working with the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council to conduct a social survey of residents regarding their use and understanding of the local reservoir to better inform city planning. Undergraduate research assistants will visit sites throughout the city to gain a holistic sampling of the population; the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council newsletter will share survey dates and times. View the Silver Lake Final Report.
CURes worked with the Baldwin Hills Conservancy to conduct a three-year (2014-2017) study of the park visitors within the Baldwin Hills Parklands. This research examined the number of visitors, where they come from, and how they use and experience each park. CURes worked with a team of 38 LMU undergraduate research assistants using multiple methods to assess park users, including visitor counts, a user survey, observational research, and a game camera study of visitation. The resulting analyses and reports will be useful for park management as well as providing evidence of the value of urban parklands. Read the full report (47MB).
CURes collaborated with the LMU Center for the Study of Los Angeles on projects in Southeast LA and Pico-Union. The aim was to provide a systematic and action-oriented assessment of leadership, research, collective action, and outcomes in two regions of Los Angeles County. CURes provided an organizational mapping study of the non-profit organizations and community groups operating in these areas. CURes also utilized STEW-MAP methodology, outlined above, but with a broader scope of environmental stewardship.
For more information about our research, contact CURes Managing Director Dr. Michele Romolini at email@example.com.