The mission of the Hixon Center is to understand and enhance the urban environment. It pursues this objective by providing an interdisciplinary context for students, scholars and practitioners to pursue research, teaching and applied activities, emphasizing various themes including:

  • Interdisciplinary urban science and policy
  • Community-based land stewardship and resource management
  • Sustainable urban environmental design
  • Urban environmental education
  • Urban water cycle
  • Urban ecosystem services

Through these and other emphases, the Hixon Center pursues the following objectives:

  • Advancing fundamental knowledge and understanding of urban ecosystems
  • Minimizing and mitigating harm to and restoring natural systems in urban areas
  • Fostering the positive experience of natural systems among urban residents tp the physical and mental well-being of urban dwellers 
  • Providing all incoming students a foundational understanding of urban ecosystems through “Mods.”