The mission of the Center for Urban Restoration Ecology is to restore and enhance the ecological integrity of degraded public lands by doing the following:
- Engaging in research on the ecological threats to habitats from urbanization and the specific challenges involved in the restoration of these sites;
- Advancing the science of ecological restoration in areas of changing land use, such as abandoned farmlands or landfills, contaminated lands, and former industrial sites;
- Studying the interactions between living organisms and the physical environment of restoration sites;
- Examining the effectiveness of the techniques and procedures used by restoration ecologists;
- Monitoring the fate of restored habitats to increase knowledge of how and where ecological restoration is most likely to succeed; and
- Teaching students and professionals about the science of restoration ecology to provide the local, regional, national, and international communities with trained individuals who can design and implement restoration projects.
The Center for Urban Restoration Ecology is administered by a Steering Committee of scientists and educators from Rutgers University and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The Steering Committee determines the Center’s program and initiatives each year. To better serve our own region, the Center has an Advisory Board of representatives from public and private organizations. The Advisory Board informs the Center of public needs and potential partnerships that may advance ecological restoration in the region.