The Cal Poly Pomona Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies is commemorating its 25 years and the legacy of founding director John T. Lyle with a series of sustainability-themed public events throughout October.
Located on 16 acres, the Lyle Center was the California State University system’s first carbon-neutral facility. The Lyle Center’s academic and community initiatives bring together a diverse group of Cal Poly Pomona students, scholar-experts, policymakers and community members focused on designing and advocating for a sustainable future.
The opening event for the 25th anniversary festivities is an experts’ panel on Friday, Oct. 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Lyle Center Commons featuring some of the country’s leading voices in design and sustainability:
- Edward Mazria, FAIA, Hon. FRAIC, an internationally lauded architect and founder of Architecture 2030, a research organization dedicated to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse emissions;
- David Hertz, FAIA, whose eponymous practice specializes in green architecture and design; and
- Debra Guenther, FASLA, a landscape architect and partner at Mithun who is nationally recognized for her leadership on green infrastructure and ecosystem service issues.
The panel will be moderated by Andrew Wilcox, professor and chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona, named among the “Top 25 Most Admired Educators in Architecture, Interiors, and Landscape Architecture” by DesignIntelligence. A sunset reception follows at 5 p.m.
Other anniversary events include:
- Oct. 15, 6-8 p.m. Lecture/Book Signing: “Foraging Southern California: 118 Nutritious, Tasty and Abundant Foods” with land management expert and regenerative studies lecturer Douglas Kent. His latest book is a field guide for beginner- and intermediate-level foragers, introducing them to wild edibles from berries and fruits, seeds and roots, to aquatic options like kelp and crayfish.
- Oct. 17, 5-7 p.m. Opening reception for “John T. Lyle and the Future of Regenerative Design,” an exhibition at the Don B. Huntley Gallery. Curated by his daughter, artist Cybele Lyle, it explores Lyle’s spheres of personal and professional work, and his understanding of the role of landscape architecture as a part of larger regenerative-based living.
Read about the Lyle Center’s 25th anniversary program at https://lylecenter25.eventbrite.com.