NEW!!! Read testimonials and copies of letters sent to the Brown University Corporation on behalf of the UEL.
The current home of the Center for Environmental Studies, the Urban Environmental Lab (UEL) is in jeopardy. Brown University recently announced plans for the construction of the proposed Mind Brain and Behavior building in the current location of the UEL. Under the current plans, the UEL and its community garden will be destroyed, and CES will be transferred to a new location: tentatively, the third floor of Metcalf Research Laboratories.
As many remember, this will leave CES too close to where it began in 1979, sacrificing the community garden, the greenhouse and the open doors of professor’s offices. In October, a small group of undergraduates, graduates and alumni formed a “Save the UEL” campaign to express their concerns to the University. The group aims to encourage relocating the UEL by rotating the building 180 degrees and moving it south to face Watermen Street. At the very least, “Save the UEL” hopes to ensure that CES will be housed in a space of its own with a similar communal atmosphere as the UEL. Over the past month, the group has grown in size dramatically, and focused their efforts on letter writing to University officials, attending meetings of the Undergraduate Council of Students (UCS) and University Committee, communicating with Rhode Island historic preservation groups, and facilitating the publication of several articles in campus press. There are many simple ways in which you can become involved:
Start by writing letters expressing your feelings on the UEL to Pamela O’Neil (Associate Provost), Pamela_ONeil@brown.edu, and Michael McCormick, (the Asst. VP of Planning, Design and Construction), Michael_McCormick@brown.edu.
Join the email list of the Save the UEL Campaign by joining the Save the UEL Google Group to find out about the lastest campaign activities.
On the Google Groups homepage, search “Save the UEL” in quotations. Click the link to join the group and follow the instructions.
Email Save-the-UEL@googlegroups.com with questions, comments or concerns.
Research grants that would enable sufficient funding to relocate the UEL