Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies


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.

Master's in Regenerative Studies - Fall 2022 Application Deadline Extended to May 15

The Fall 2022 application period for the Master's in Regenerative Studies (MSRS) program has been extended to May 15, 2022. 

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Established in 2004, the MSRS program is a unique interdisciplinary program that prepares students to find successful solutions to environmental problems in the 21st century. Learn more about the Admissions process and the 40-unit curriculum here.

Lyle Center Randall Lewis Fellowship - Summer 2022 Application Period Opening Soon

The Spring 2022 application period for the Randall Lewis Lyle Center Fellowship is now closed. The application deadline for the Summer 2022 cycle is Tuesday, May 3.

Fellowships are for the entire academic semester (10 hours/week for a 15-week period), with fellows each receiving a $2,400 stipend. This opportunity is open to all Cal Poly Pomona undergraduate and graduate students. For details, see the section below.


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 Lyle Center 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 a single stipend payment in the amount of $2,400 at the end of each tenure. Fellowships are for the entire academic semester working 10hr/week for the 15-week period. Successful completion may lead to a renewable term.

The number of fellowship positions are based on renewed funding availability.

The application deadline for the Summer 2022 cycle is Tuesday, May 3. 






Summer 2022


May 3

May 23

10-15 weeks
(End Date TBA)

Apply for the Randall Lewis Lyle Center Fellowship (RANDALL LEWIS FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION)

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.

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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)


Course No. Course Name Description
RS1110 Introduction to Renenerative Studies
(3 units)
Understand the interaction between physical, biological and social systems essential to human life. How do these relationships shape how we live and sustain critical resources and safeguard our delicate ecosystem for future generations?
RS3010 Life Support Processes
(3 units)
Understand the social context of complex physical and biological systems. These systems provide water, food, energy, shelter, atmosphere and functional landscapes that are a part of our everyday lives.
RS3020 Global Regenerative Systems
(3 units)
What are the global effects of human activities in our pursuit of food, water, energy, shelter and waste sinks? Study the institutional factors that influence how regenerative practices are implemented as we face the challenge of our planet's limited resources.
RS3030 Organzation for Regenerative Practices
(3 units)
How do governments, businesses, communities and environmental groups effectively organize to advance pro-environmental change? Investigate organizing processes for regenerative studies; and examine cultural and institutional organizing at the global, multi-national, national, regional, local, family and individual levels.
RS4500 Sustainable Communities
(3 units)
History and cross-cultural study of sustainable communities related to their built form. Learn how "intentional" communities are models of traditional and alternative patterns. How do economics and our laws enable us to experiment with our communities?

offered fall & spring semesters.   open to all majors!

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.