UCLA is a vital source for education, research, and leadership in sustainability and the environment
More than 400 faculty and thousands of students from every corner of campus are actively engaged in environment and sustainability education and research. Although each campus group works toward a unique mission, we collaborate across areas of expertise to accomplish shared goals. Together we lead by example, putting cutting-edge science into action and demonstrating solutions to complex environmental problems in Los Angeles and around the world.
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES) is a cross-campus research institute educating the next generation of environmental leaders and moving science into action. IoES undergraduate and graduate programs unite natural science, social science, law, public policy, and humanities to understand multidimensional challenges. Students and faculty collaborate on cutting-edge research, and IoES partnerships put expertise to work with businesses, nonprofits, agencies, and communities. The IoES also develops new narrative, media, and communication initiatives that amplify the institute’s impact and raise consciousness of environmental issues.
Sustainable LA Grand Challenge
The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge is an interdisciplinary university-wide initiative aimed at applying UCLA research, expertise and education to help transform Los Angeles into the world’s most sustainable megacity by 2050 — making it the most livable, equitable, resilient, clean and healthy megacity, and an example for the world.
Our sustainable approach to decision-making and development in L.A. County seeks to optimize economic, social, and environmental wellbeing for present and future generations.
Research Centers and Labs
UCLA has over 30 different research centers and labs focused on the wide variety of topics encompassed under environmental and sustainability work. Each provides students and faculty an opportunity to explore ways to solve complex problems within a sustainability framework that aims to create socially equitable, economically viable, and environmentally conscious communities. The list of centers and labs is shown below.