Since 1994, the faculty, staff and students of the Lyle Center have remained committed to a future in which all people live with dignity in safe, healthy, and sustainable environments. We believe this future is best achieved through the development of ecological, social and economic systems that regenerate, enabling communities to provide for the future as well as the present.
Located on 16 acres (6.5 ha) within the Cal Poly Pomona University campus, our vision is for the Lyle Center to be recognized for its collective impact toward a sustainable future, convening diverse groups of students, academic experts, policy makers and community members committed to catalyzing pro-environmental change.
The Lyle Center is administered by the College of Environmental Design, and offers a Master of Science in Regenerative Studies (MSRS) as well as a minor program at the undergraduate level. Faculty are drawn from departments across campus, creating a unique interdisciplinary learning environment.
Apply for Fall 2021 Admission
Deadline for Fall 2021 admission into the MSRS program is April 30, 2021. Prospective students can file their applications via Cal State Apply.
Randall Lewis Fellowship
The Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies is seeking dynamic and engaged Cal Poly Pomona students to work on site participating in the regular maintenance and food production activities at the grounds of our 16-acre living laboratory. The Randall Lewis Sustainable Agriculture Fellowship is seeking fellows who will participate in the food production activities at the Lyle Center and assist with the renovation of the vegetable garden area to grow food for the Poly Pantry. This will involve such activities as weed control, walkway installation, fence repair/replacement, preparation of new growing beds, planning and planting of crops, pruning of fruit trees, hauling mulch and compost, irrigation troubleshooting, pest management and other tasks associated with this project and the regular maintenance of the grounds as needed. Research, design, data collection and analysis, ideation and project development activities might also be part of the fellowship activities.
Fellows will receive a stipend in the amount of $2,400. Fellowships are for the entire academic semester working 10hr/week for the 15-week period. Successful completion may lead to renewable term.
See the application below for the full description of qualifications and important deadlines.
Course Offerings for FALL 2021
Take classes at the Lyle Center for students interested in learning about sustainability and regenerative theories on 16 acres of living laboratory.
Classes include many General Education course offerings for a learning experience off the beaten path, with the added bonus of doubling the value of up to 12 units that can be applied towards the Regenerative Studies Minor.
Research Spotlight | Nanotechnology-based thermochromic materials
Weathering climate change with adaptive buildings
An international network was created to increase research in the area of thermochromic materials. This network should evolve into a wider multidisciplinary and multinational consortium for the development of nanotechnology-based thermochromic (nanoTC) materials. These adaptive building envelopes are a smart approach to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and reduce the environmental impact of urban areas. The network consortium includes six partners: Instituto de Ciencias de la Construccion in Madrid, Spain, Politecnico di Torino in Italy, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, National University of Singapore, TU Graz, Graz University of Technology in Austria and the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona. (Read more)
General Education (GE) Classes at the Lyle Center
General education classes are offered year-round at the Lyle Center. Skip the waitlists at other colleges and learn how sustainable design, social and physical and social sciences, engineering, and business and economics are united in our shared vision for a safe and healthy future for all.