November 2016

This November, Angelenos will decide on issues of sustainability and equity
November 4, 2016
When Angelenos take to the polls on Tuesday, November 8, they will decide the trajectory of public transit and transit-oriented development in Los Angeles County for years to come. Measure M and Measure JJJ—which endeavor to expand transportation networks and safeguard affordable housing, respectively—both promise to advance the region’s sustainability goals while transforming where and how transportation is constructed in Los Angeles.

Andrew Revkin of the New York Times on climate change, adaptation and aliens
November 03, 2016
UCLA’s LENS magazine hosted the founder of the Dot Earth blog to discuss a shared goal: telling environmental stories in new ways.


Researchers find greenhouse gases played role in record-low 2015 snowpacks
October 31, 2016
UCLA and Oregon State University scientists attribute the low levels to high temperatures caused by greenhouse gases and an enormous warm patch in the Pacific Ocean.

UCLA launches new incubator focused on environmental narratives
October 11, 2016
The Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies, or LENS, aims to spur new thinking about the role of multimedia storytelling to drive sustainability.

September 2016

The future for wildlife in a revitalized L.A. River
September 29, 2016
Even after its restoration, the L.A. River will likely remain dominated by non-native species, says UCLA ecologist Brad Shaffer.

UCLA faculty voice: L.A. can’t follow California’s lead on water conservation
September 26, 2016
Mark Gold criticizes the state’s decision to establish voluntary water conservation targets, and praises the continued drought reduction mandates of Los Angeles.

New book from UCLA’s Ursula Heise examines the conservationist thrall and narratives of extinction
September 22, 2016
In ‘Imagining Extinction,’ English professor Ursula Heise asks why people care about endangered species, why some animals become symbols and what that reveals about us.

Pacific Ocean’s response to greenhouse gases could extend California drought for centuries
September 15, 2016
A UCLA study shows that warming forces have caused millennia of dryness in California’s prehistory, and greenhouses gases could do the sam

A guide to turn the L.A. River green
September 09, 2016
A new toolkit created by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation is designed to help communities navigate paths to improving the areas immediately around the river.

Using science to fight for environmental justice
September 08, 2016
UCLA graduate student Osceola Ward leads Outward Bound trips for teens in underserved communities to give them the tools to make their voices heard on environmental issues.


Feeding the hungry while cutting food waste
August 18, 2016
How can 50 million Americans not know where their next meal is coming from while 40 percent of food gets wasted?

Students’ pop-song video parodies teach real science
August 17, 2016
Students in “Intro to Oceanography” spoof music videos for the sake of science.

Simply moving 30 minutes a day can lower your health risks
August 11, 2016
If you spend hours commuting to work and sitting at your desk all day, recent studies about the health hazards of too much sitting probably have hit home.

15 threatened natural treasures and the UCLA scientists working to save them
August 09, 2016
From the capuchin monkeys of Costa Rica to the Los Angeles area’s mountain lions, UCLA experts are developing new techniques and advancing knowledge.

Plastic manufacturing chemical BPS harms egg cells, study suggests
August 09, 2016
UCLA researchers have found that bisphenol S the chemical used to replace BPA in plastics, is just as harmful to the reproductive system and at lower doses.

UCLA turns student cast-offs into cash for a good cause
August 08, 2016
Thanks to the record generosity of UCLA students, the campus transformed old clothes into more than $1,600 for UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital this week.

Preventing mass extinctions of big mammals will require immediate action
August 05, 2016
UCLA professor Blaire Van Valkenburgh said the animals in question “are all that is left of a once much more diverse megafauna that populated the planet only 12,000 years ago.”

Scientist names new species of fish to honor late UCLA student
August 03, 2016
Kristina Louie, a UCLA postdoctoral student who suddenly and tragically died in 2004 after receiving her Ph.D.

Do eco-friendly wines taste better?
August 02, 2016
A UCLA study crunched the numbers from more than 74,000 wine reviews in top magazines and, statistically speaking, environmentally friendly wine tastes better.

JUly 2016

Changing habits, saving power: the study of incentives
July 22, 2016
Magali Delmas, an environmental economist at UCLA, has been focusing on finding the most effective strategies to motivate people to change their behavior and conserve electricity.

Students try to overcome the ‘yuck’ factor in Bug-Eating 101
July 20, 2016
UCLA lecturer Andy Rice introduces his students to entomophagy, bug eating, which may someday become a smart alternative to resource-intensive foods such as beef.

Los Angeles is a metropolitan den for mountain lions
July 13, 2016
Large predatory cats live among us, and they’re closer to human development than you might think.

Sierra Nevada snowpack deficit not likely to recover from drought until 2019
June 21, 2016
A UCLA-led research team used big data analysis and new levels of precision to study three decades of data. The new tool could be useful for studying other regions.

JUne 2016

Life in the bike lane
June 30, 2016
The League of American Bicyclists ranks UCLA as a Silver Bicycle-Friendly University. A holder of that distinction since 2011, UCLA is one of just 10 schools to move up in standing over the last year.

Renowned L.A. foodie flavors her UCLA class with moral questions about food
June 28, 2016
Popular KCRW “Good Food” host Evan Kleiman is treating UCLA students to a thoughtful exploration into issues of food and sustainability in her summer course, “We are Stardust: The Moral Ecology of Food.”

Green businesses are spending big bucks on lobbying power
June 16, 2016
The public perception is that lobbyists only fight for lax regulations that allow businesses to pollute more. Green firms lobby too.

Power users in Los Angeles: Learning to waste less
June 16, 2016
The L.A. Energy Atlas project, a first-of-its-kind interactive website, enables policymakers and the public to sort energy consumption and emissions by building size, neighborhood and other metrics.

Mary Nichols: A lifetime in search of clean air
June 15, 2016
Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board and a UCLA faculty member, is a fierce fighter for the environment. She has championed a difficult cause without succumbing to bitterness or wallowing in the polarization that has crippled Sacramento and Washington.

Trailblazing solutions to global food crisis
June 15, 2016
One honoree, UCLA alumna Kelly Dumke, is already working on the front lines in communities in L.A. County against a well-known and entrenched enemy, early childhood obesity.

May 2016

Jerry Brown interview: The long struggle for the environment
May 25, 2016
California Governor Jerry Brown has been fighting for the environment for decades. He reflects on that history.

Latest issue of Blueprint focuses on energy conservation
May 20, 2016
During a launch event for the new issue, editor-in-chief Jim Newton spoke to Mary Nichols, whose work as an environmental advocate is profiled in the magazine.

UCLA faculty voice: A smarter way to pay for parks
May 17, 2016
Jon Christensen asserts that in analyzing the results of Proposition 84, which allocated more than $5 billion to parks and environmental resources, it’s clear that benefits come when priorities are clearly defined.

Los Angeles: Where electric vehicle rubber meets the road
May 16, 2016
J.R. DeShazo, director of the Luskin Center for Innovation and member of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, talks about the state of car transportation in Los Angeles, California and beyond.

Plotting a roadmap to meet L.A.’s energy goals for a sustainable future
May 11, 2016
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall met Tuesday with stakeholders from across the energy ecosystem at UCLA’s Kerckhoff Hall to discuss how Los Angeles can meet its energy goals.

L.A.’s buildings loom large in determining street-level air quality
May 05, 2016
UCLA professor co-authored a study to determine which kinds of built environment are best and worst at dispersing vehicle emissions.

California’s urban residents have been left behind by 2006 parks measure
May 04, 2016
A policy report by the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability finds that Proposition 84 achieved some, but not all, of its ambitious goals.

April 2016

UCLA faculty voice: How good environmental legislation goes wrong
April 25, 2016
Jim Newton on how the well-intentioned California Environmental Quality Review Act can be misused, stifling economic development and, ironically enough, harming the environment.

UCLA faculty voice: Are we leaving nature behind?
April 20, 2016
Students are taught about extinction in classrooms, but it’s their direct experience with nature that is rapidly disappearing, warns Peter Kareiva, director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

L.A.’s newt shows signs of severe stress in drought
April 19, 2016
L.A.’s only species of newt is showing signs of severe distress, troubling researchers and raising questions about the impacts of the drought and climate change.

The curiosity and controversy over GMOs: Q&A with Ted Parson
April 18, 2016
For more than 40 years, issues surrounding genetically modified organisms—GMOs—have been full of controversy, curiosity and confusion. On Tuesday, April 19, four experts will debate the environmental, social and health impacts of GMO foods.

UCLA faculty voice: How a public university can help fix a city’s Achilles’ heel?
April 07, 2016
Lee Cooper writes about how UCLA’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge will leverage the university’s students to make Los Angeles energy and water independent.

UCLA Luskin Center study shows low-income Californians benefit from cap-and-trade
April 05, 2016
Measures put in place by the state have mitigated financial impacts that could be expected as costs passed along to electricity, natural gas and gasoline consumers.

UCLA IoES fundraiser honors champions of the environment
April 01, 2016
This year’s gala raised a record $1.75 million for UCLA’s environmental research, education and community projects and recognized Ted Sarandos, Wendy and Eric Schmidt, and Jeff Skoll.

MARCH 2016

School’s out, but environmental science is in
March 22, 2016
While many students head home or to resort locations during spring break, a group of UCLA students is monitoring the tides and rushing to the coastal bluffs of Palos Verdes to observe how El Niño is changing life in tide pools.

UCLA to participate in White House Water Summit
March 21, 2016
As part of the United Nations World Water Day on March 22, UCLA will take part in Tuesday’s White House Water Summit that aims to raise awareness of water challenges in the United States.

Expanding use of recycled water would benefit the environment and human health
March 17, 2016
More than 1 in 9 people around the world do not have access to safe, clean drinking water, and the problem is expected to worsen due in part to climate change.

UCLA researchers turn carbon dioxide into sustainable concrete
March 14, 2016
The new building material called CO2NCRETE would be made from carbon captured from power plant smokestacks potentially eliminating a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions.


Renewable energy ignites debate
February 29, 2016
While the experts agreed on the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, they sharply divided on how to achieve that goal at a recent discussion sponsored by the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

Antarctica could be headed for major meltdown
February 22, 2016
Previous research showed that ice shelves are vulnerable to even small increases in greenhouse gases, but the new study was the first to demonstrate that huge, land-based glaciers are also vulnerable.

See something weird in nature? Call your local scientist
February 18, 2016
Brad Shaffer, director of the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science, says the role of citizen scientists is important in helping scientists track changes in the environment due to climate.

$1.2 million awarded to research projects to help Los Angeles County thrive despite climate change
February 18, 2016
The UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge’s first competitive research grants will go to 11 projects, ranging from developing lightweight solar panels that double as batteries to studying the costs of algae-based biofuels.

Long-term exposure to ozone may increase risk of dying from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases
February 17, 2016
Researchers found the association between ozone and mortality began at 35 parts per billion.

Pesticide mixtures may increase health risks but are still unregulated by California, UCLA report says
February 17, 2016
The report recommends that a state agency and agricultural commissioners evaluate pesticide mixtures and implement regulations to more adequately protect human health.

Uphill battle for California’s native plant species
February 09, 2016
In this Q&A, Jon Christensen of UCLA and his colleague Adam Wolf discuss their study of how climate change affects plant species’ shifting in California.

Ecosystems pulling apart as some plants shift habitats, possibly adapting to climate change
February 08, 2016
A UCLA-led study exploring California plant species’ shifts to higher elevations showed that non-native and invasive plants are moving fastest.

January 2016

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UCLA students compete to win FuturizeX competition
January 25, 2016
Six UCLA undergraduate students are vying for top honors in the inaugural FuturizeX Student Challenge, a competition sponsored by FuturizeX, a campus-wide initiative launched in partnership with XPRIZE to showcase breakthrough technologies and inspire the next generation of innovators.

UCLA faculty voice: El Niño isn’t a drought buster — it’s a missed opportunity
January 20, 2016
Mark Gold writes that we’re going to lose tens of billions of gallons of water to runoff because Los Angeles’ infrastructure is not designed to capture and store rainfall.

Ananya Roy
UCLA Luskin professor Ananya Roy: a scholar with a mandate for social justice
January 19, 2016
Roy will serve as the inaugural director of the new UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy.

A conversation with Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, on climate change
January 14, 2016
Robinson shared the story of her awakening to the global impact of climate change on the world’s impoverished countries and communities at a lecture hosted by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Tuesday.

Legal analysis shows how untapped Clean Air Act provision can reduce greenhouse gas emissions
January 14, 2016
The paper was published by UCLA Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School and the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law.

UCLA-Tata Global Forum in India draws policy makers, academic and business leaders
January 14, 2016
Among the topics discussed at the inaugural UCLA-Tata Global Forum in New Delhi were sustainable megacities, the integration of solar power into smart energy grids and sustainable biological fuels.

Q&A with Mark Gold: How a new UCLA research plan will create a sustainable Los Angeles
January 11, 2016
There are more than 100 research projects that will help conserve, invent and incentivize the county to fully renewable energy, 100 percent local water and a healthier ecosystem.

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Traffic making you stressed? Join a vanpool!
January 8, 2016
For stressed-out commuters, joining a vanpool might be one step toward a more relaxed 2016. A UCLA study shows that vanpooling drastically lowers the stress of commuting.

Steps toward a sustainable golden age for Los Angeles proposed in new UCLA plan
January 6, 2016
The plan is a key step in UCLA’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, which aims to move the county to 100 percent renewable energy, 100 percent local water and enhanced ecosystem health by 2050.


UCLA climate change researchers find way to improve accuracy of global climate models
December 10, 2015
Global climate models vary in how much they show rain and other precipitation changing due to climate change. UCLA researchers discovered a way to reduce these differences by 35 percent.

How UC is playing a unique role in global race against climate change
December 9, 2015
The Golden Bear has taken on a distinct greenish tinge this week. First there was the announcement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference outside Paris that the University of California is the sole university participant in Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a conglomerate of investors dedicated to developing low-carbon energy sources. UC will dedicate $1.25 billion to the venture over the next five years. “As a public research institution, we take the imperative to solve global climate change very seriously.”

Robert Wayne receives UC Research Catalyst Award for biodiversity preservation
December 08, 2015
The $1.75 million grant will be used to create a toolkit to analyze genomics data, allowing researchers to understand how threatened populations respond to changes in habitats and climate.

UCLA faculty voice: Sunny, with a chance of apocalypse
December 03, 2015
Professor Jon Christensen praises Gov. Jerry Brown for his deft ability to mix doomsaying predictions with pragmatic solutions as he strives to get Californians to mitigate the causes and effects of climate change.

How California can boost biofuel production to cut pollution and help the economy
December 03, 2015
A UCLA–UC Berkeley report finds that the state could produce a significant amount of low-carbon fuel needed to meet California’s transportation needs.


UCLA faculty, students in Paris for historic UN climate talks
November 30, 2015
All eyes are on Paris as the 2015 UN Climate Conference begins. California is well-represented, with many from the state participating, including five UCLA faculty and seven students.

UCLA faculty voice: Ten environmental reasons to be thankful
November 24, 2015
From less electricity generated by coal to more whales in California, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability director Peter Kareiva offers things to be thankful for.

UCLA nanoscientists develop safer, faster way to remove pollutants from water
November 23, 2015
The study, by researchers at the California NanoSystems Institute, could be an important step in the effort to satisfy the world’s need for clean water.

UCLA and other UCs join campuses nationwide on White House Climate Pledge
November 19, 2015
In show of support for action at upcoming global climate talks, UCLA and UC pledge to combat climate change.

Faculty honored for contributions to UC initiatives
November 19, 2015
Ten University of California faculty were honored today (Nov. 19) for demonstrating outstanding leadership on President Janet Napolitano’s systemwide initiatives, which range from increasing student access and diversity, enhancing campus entrepreneurialism, achieving carbon neutrality, promulgating healthy and sustainable food systems around the world, and furthering UC’s engagement with Mexico.

UC Carbon Neutrality Student Fellows tackle big climate problems
November 16, 2015
What happens to anesthetics after a patient inhales them? UCSF anesthesiology resident Nicole Jackman wants doctors to think carefully about that question, because not only are inhaled anesthetics potent sleep inducers, they’re also extremely potent greenhouse gases.

Why are some wild animals more tolerant to human interaction than others?
November 16, 2015
The analysis is one of a series of studies led by Daniel Blumstein that address questions about wild animals’ fear responses to humans.

UCLA faculty voice: How much energy do buildings use?
November 12, 2015
A team of scientists led by professor Stephanie Pincetl is beginning to measure the efficiency of homes and offices throughout Los Angeles.

UCLA faculty voice: Nine environmental myths everyone needs to unlearn
November 04, 2015
Eating local is good. All corporations are bad. Population growth is the problem. Peter Kareiva, director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, implores people to question assertions like these.

Q&A with Ryan Harrigan on West Nile virus, silent killer of songbirds
November 03, 2015
Survival rates of some backyard favorites are half of what they used to be.

UC announces first Faculty Climate Action Champions
November 02, 2015
As the University of California steps up efforts to eliminate its carbon footprint, it has named Faculty Climate Action Champions at each campus to work with students on projects aimed at building community engagement and awareness.


Q&A with Magali Delmas on what really motivates green behavior
October 28, 2015
Health concerns are a big motivational factor when it comes to being green.

UCLA, UC experts release report with solutions to slow climate change
October 27, 2015
50 UC climate change scholars offer 10 urgent solutions to “flatline” global warming by 2050.

UCLA faculty voice: California universities launch experiment to go carbon-neutral ‘at scale’
October 27, 2015
Jon Christensen writes that to take these solutions from UC-wide to a global scale, we’ve got to start now using a combination of technology, outreach and policy.

Bending the curve on climate change
October 26, 2015
UCLA environmental professors Magali Delmas and Susanna Hecht are among the climate experts, politicians and industry leaders gathering in San Diego today for a University of California climate change summit.

New app lets you check air quality as easily as checking the weather
October 23, 2015
AirForU is useful for anyone who sees a hazy skyline and wonders how safe it is to breathe outside air.

UCLA faculty voice: How Angelenos beat back smog
October 20, 2015
Law professor Mary Nichols chronicles the 20-year saga to remove the veil of smog over Los Angeles.

Life on Earth likely started at least 4.1 billion years ago — much earlier than scientists had thought
October 19, 2015
Discovery indicates that life may have begun shortly after the planet formed 4.54 billion years ago.

Ecotourism can put wild animals at risk, scientists say
October 09, 2015
The presence of humans changes the way animals behave, and those changes may make them more vulnerable.

Quantifying the impact of climate on ecosystems worldwide
October 08, 2015
Study by UCLA-led international team restores consensus after controversial 2014 paper questioned direct effects of climate change.

Smaller silver nanoparticles more likely to be absorbed by aquatic life, UCLA study finds
October 07, 2015
The particles are used in a wide range of consumer products for their ability to kill bacteria. But that benefit might be coming at a cost to the environment.


UCLA’s free Energy Atlas uncovers L.A. buildings’ role in greenhouse gas emissions
September 29, 2015
By combining never-before–released data from energy utilities with public data, UCLA researchers created a database that provides an unprecedented look at the energy-use landscape.


A chemistry test for public safety
September 24, 2015
Patrick Allard, a UCLA Fielding School of Public Health faculty member, has found a new approach to examining the safety of chemical compounds that addresses shortcomings in traditional methods.

Everything you ever wanted to know about fracking
September 23, 2015
A “Thinking L.A.” event, jointly sponsored by UCLA and Zocálo at the RAND Corporation Tuesday evening, explored the roots of the fervor surrounding fracking in California.

UCLA’s Bird Genoscape Project to aid conservation efforts for North American birds threatened by climate change
September 16, 2015
Researchers will use a $600,000 donation from First Solar to create “genoscape” maps of migratory bird populations.

Southern California wildfires have split personalities, and both will burn more acreage by midcentury
September 08, 2015
The models predict that the area burned by Santa Ana fires will increase by 64 percent and the are burned by non-Santa Ana fires will increase by 77 percent.


Can we engineer our way out of the drought?
August 19, 2015
At a “Thinking L.A.” event co-hosted by UCLA and Zócalo, four panelists discussed the importance and difficulty of implementing desalination plants, water-recycling facilities and other tools to help California make better use of its water resources.

UCLA faculty voice: Why legal challenges to the EPA Clean Power Plan will end up at the Supreme Court
August 10, 2015
Law professor Cara Horowitz on what legal challenges opponents of President Obama’s new Clean Power Plan will use to try to block its implementation.

UCLA researchers work to protect North American salamanders
August 06, 2015
Researchers from the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability call for a federal ban on salamander imports to prevent a deadly pathogen from coming here.

He’s been UCLA’s weatherman — rain or shine — for three decades
August 06, 2015
Staff meteorologist James Murakami has been forecasting the weather for Westwood and the surrounding region for 33 years.

Increase your Southern California weather IQ
August 06, 2015
Catalina eddy? June gloom? Santa Ana winds? UCLA staff meteorologist James Murakami defines common Southern California weather terms.

JULY 2015

‘Golden jackals’ of East Africa are actually golden wolves, biologists report
July 30, 2015
The DNA-based discovery means the biological family Canidae has 36 members, not 35.

UCLA faculty voice: Los Angeles water rate increase plan just isn’t big enough
July 29, 2015
Mark Gold writes in the L.A. Times that to meet the mayor’s goal of reducing imported water by 50 percent by 2025, we must all pay more to upgrade infrastructure and invest in new projects.

UCLA Center for World Health turns spotlight on failing health of Earth
July 28, 2015
The UCLA Center for World Health and the LA5 Rotary Club brought together a panel of experts to talk about the failing health of the Earth and what mega-cities can do about it before an audience of 200 business peoplein downtown Los Angeles.

Peter Kareiva takes helm at UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
July 27, 2015
Kareiva will conduct research into urban conservation, improving environmental communications and exploring the role of consumer choices in pushing businesses to go green.

California water agencies don’t know how much their pipes leak, UCLA report finds
July 24, 2015
Researchers at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability recommend that state officials adopt best practices for monitoring leaks and measuring water loss.

Oceans slowed global temperature rise, scientists report
July 16, 2015
Researchers from UCLA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory found that extra heat from greenhouse gases has been trapped in the subsurface waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans.

JUNE 2015

UCLA’s sustainable living community among top campus winners
June 30, 2015
UCLA Residential Life’s Sustainable Living Community and the Education for Sustainable Living Program at UCLA have won awards given to honor innovation at UC and CSU campuses.

UCLA partners in new Congo Basin Institute — a ‘game-changer’ for environmental protection
June 30, 2015
The Congo Basin Institute in Cameroon will provide a one-of-a-kind center to address the challenges of food and water security, climate change, biodiversity loss, public health and emerging diseases.

UCLA faculty voice: California’s water crisis takes us beyond the ‘perfect drought’
June 22, 2015
Glen MacDonald writes that rising temperatures, groundwater depletion and a shrinking Colorado River mean the most populous U.S. state will face decades of water shortages and must adapt.

UCLA faculty voice: Make ‘City,’ a monument to the new West, a national monument
June 17, 2015
Jon Christensen writes that artist Michael Heizer’s monumental sculpture called “City” best embodies the Western ethos of humanity’s role shaping and adapting to the vast open expanse.

A cozy backyard home for people and other friendly species
June 10, 2015
UCLA faculty, staff and students, with guidance from a Santa Monica architect, are building a prototype dwelling that they designed to shelter people as well as edible plants, bees, birds, lizards and even bats.

UCLA doing its part to save millions of gallons of water per year
June 09, 2015
The new artificial turf on the intramural field and other places combined with drought-tolerant landscaping from five large projects, could save 11.3 million gallons annually.

MAY 2015

UCLA report shows 75 percent of Los Angeles County water systems vulnerable to drought, other challenges
May 14, 2015
Innovative maps in the new “Water Atlas” compiled by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation show which communities face what types of threats.

UCLA Law policy brief recommends ways to track California’s coastal climate change preparedness
May 12, 2015
A new report from UCLA School of Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment provides recommendations on how to harness AB 2516 to enhance coastal climate change preparedness in California.

Behind the scenes with a Los Angeles mountain lion expert
May 04, 2015
When the Griffith Park mountain lion crawls under someone’s house, or a brother and sister cross a freeway, Seth Riley is at the top of the list of scientists who can give the inside details.

APRIL 2015

UCLA receives 2015 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards
April 28, 2015
UCLA has been recognized in three categories of the 2015 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards Competition from the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.

L.A. County gets C+ from UCLA on environmental issues
April 07, 2015
Despite progress, dirty air and water are just the beginning of the region’s environmental troubles. The findings, which are believed to be the most comprehensive environmental report card for any region in the nation, show the county needs tutoring to bring up its grades.

A look inside the study: UCLA gives L.A. County a C+ on the environment
April 07, 2015
UCLA researchers looked at 22 indicators to determine grades in six main categories — water, air, ecosystem health, waste, environmental quality of life, and energy and greenhouse gases.

MARCH 2015

UCLA joins Los Angeles in going dark for international Earth Hour
March 26, 2015
UCLA students are going dark for Earth Hour on March 28, by turning off the lights free for an hour to join the international event raising awareness about climate change and energy usage.

UCLA Unseen: Stone Canyon Creek
March 12, 2015
Behind the Anderson School of Management lies a hidden treasure that often goes unnoticed. What’s left of the Stone Canyon Creek, which once ran through the UCLA campus, is the only part of the creek that remains naturally uncovered. Volunteers work with the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation once a month to help restore the creek and maintain its beauty.

ASUCLA restaurants to consider composting program
March 06, 2015
Associated Students UCLA restaurants may begin composting leftover food and paper packaging this year in locations such as Ackerman Union and Lu Valle Commons.

Students compete to see who is biggest energy miser
March 06, 2015
After nearly a month of turning off the lights, doing laundry with cold water and taking the stairs instead of the elevator, UCLA students are currently a close second in a competition among residence halls to see which UC campus can save the most energy.


Nurit Katz new executive officer, UCLA Facilities Management
February 25, 2015
Nurit Katz, UCLA’s inaugural sustainability officer, took the post of new executive officer of UCLA Facilities Management on Feb. 1.

How California could make better use of $28 billion in transportation spending
February 19, 2015
California could better coordinate transportation spending to support improved maintenance of existing roads and improved public access to walking, biking and transit infrastructure.

California parks at your fingertips
February 04, 2015 aims to bring parks to everyone by making finding nearby parks and activities as easy as pulling out your smartphone.


Heat waves becoming more prominent in urban areas, research reveals
January 29, 2015
The number of cities across the globe that experience heat waves has increased since the 1970s — as has the frequency of those heat waves — as the heat island effect amplifies global warming.

Why do zebras have stripes?
January 29, 2015
A team of life scientists has found part of the answer: The amount and intensity of striping in different zebra populations can be best predicted by temperature.

UCLA Transportation wins state’s top environmental award
January 22, 2015
UCLA Transportation’s focus on alternative transportation and success in reducing traffic and emissions at UCLA won an award from the California Environmental Protection Agency

UCLA, UC make big moves toward carbon neutrality
January 22, 2015
As the UC system marches toward its goal of carbon neutrality by 2025, UCLA is doing its part by using less energy in buildings, converting half of its fleet to alternative-fuel vehicles and adding LEED-certified green buildings.

Improving customer access to energy data can cut costs, protect environment
January 22, 2015
Expanding customer access to energy data can bring cleaner, more efficient power to Californians, save money and boost emerging clean technologies, according to a new report by the Climate Change and Business Research Initiative, a partnership between UCLA and UC Berkeley schools of law.

UC announces new sustainability fellowship, internship program
January 15, 2015
UCLA will receive $7,500 from the University of California Office of the President for a new sustainability fellowship and internship program announced Wednesday.

Q&A session spans topics of global outreach, promoting sustainability
January 15, 2015
His first assignment was to lead a relief initiative for Haiti in the aftermath of its 2010 earthquake. His actions, along with those of supporting American organizations, were part of a humanitarian effort in which about 50 percent of American families donated to the cause.

Endangered monkeys in the Amazon are more diverse than previously thought, UCLA study finds
January 13, 2015
The scientists resolved a dispute over whether a small population of black-headed squirrel monkeys, which are found only in an isolated part of Brazil, is a sub-species of another species or its own species.

UCLA-led study shows how rivers of meltwater on Greenland’s ice sheet contribute to rising sea levels
January 12, 2015
A new UCLA-led study illuminates a vast network of little understood rivers and streams flowing on top of Greenland’s ice sheet.

More important than money? Environmental health benefits inspire people to cut back on electricity
January 12, 2015
People told how much cancer-causing pollution they could prevent were more likely to change their power usage than people told how much money they could save.


UCLA faculty voice: Keeping John Muir’s legacy alive in the 21st century
December 24, 2014
Glen MacDonald writes that in today’s world honoring the legacy of the revered conservationist means thriving urban wilderness areas and redefining environmentalism for California’s changing demographics.

Top UCLA stories of 2014: A year in images
December 23, 2014
The year 2014 featured the debut of a multi-year fundraising campaign, research breakthroughs, stunning achievements by students and faculty — and an unexpected flood that impacted the campus for months. We call that a momentous year.

UCLA ecologists save endangered turtles weakened by the drought
December 12, 2014
Biologists with the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science recently went on a rescue mission to save endangered turtles that have become dehydrated, emaciated and stressed-out by the extended drought.

UCLA researchers project Southern California rainfall levels through end of century
December 11, 2014
Climate model simulations of the 21st century show little change in total precipitation, but more rain instead of snow, posing flooding risk and shortening chance to capture water.

UCLA law students join UN climate talks in Peru
December 10, 2014
A UCLA environmental law clinic coaches students to become legal advisers and official delegates to the annual United Nations climate conference

UCLA research helps guide L.A. City Council as it develops conservation policies
December 04, 2014
Using UCLA environmental research, the Los Angeles City Council passed a motion to develop a program to improve energy and water conservation efforts in city buildings that consume the most resources.

UCLA faculty voice: Carbon emissions agreement with China could have big impact
December 01, 2014
Two UCLA School of Law professors say the recently announced agreement between China and the United States to cut pollution could be a game changer.


UCLA researchers address challenges cities face from climate change
November 14, 2014
At a climate change conference on campus today, UCLA researchers and other speakers are discussing the challenges facing cities around the world.

Plants have little wiggle room to survive drought, UCLA life scientists report
November 13, 2014
Plants worldwide are more sensitive to drought than many scientists realized. The research may improve predictions of which plant species will survive climate change.


New York City croaker settles nearly 80-year-old question: New species or same old frog?
October 30, 2014
A UCLA scientist was part of a team of that resolved an 80-year-old mystery about whether frogs in and around New York City were, in fact, their own unique species.

UCLA creates nation’s largest self-replenishing fund for green projects
October 28, 2014
UCLA joins the Billion Dollar Green Challenge with a $15 million fund dedicated to sustainability projects. The savings created by each project will help support the next.



Burkle initiative helps produce video for UN on climate change
September 25, 2014
The Burkle Global Impact Initiative, which was created at UCLA to educate the public about international and humanitarian affairs by working within the creative community, helped produce a video for the United Nations Climate Summit that took place Tuesday in New York.

UCLA faculty voice: ‘Assisted migration’ may save some species from climate change doom
September 24, 2014
Thomas Smith of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability says the next great extinction could be upon us, but humans can help threatened species survive.

UCLA faculty voice: Even without Tesla, electric car batteries can help California
September 23, 2014
Old batteries will likely have 70 to 80 percent capacity remaining after we replace them, potentially providing a future energy source.

Bruins get charged up exploring electric vehicles
September 17, 2014
Bruins and off-campus visitors tooled around north campus on Tuesday in Teslas and other electric vehicles during UCLA’s Drive an Electric Vehicle event, part of National Drive Electric Week. Guests test-drove the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt and other vehicles.

UCLA scientists play key role in developing new Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index
September 17, 2014
UCLA atmospheric scientists were instrumental in the creation of the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index, which will help classify the fire threat potential of the Santa Ana winds.

UCLA, Berkeley law schools examine emerging market for used electric vehicle batteries
September 17, 2014
Report by the Climate Change and Business Research Initiative at the UCLA and UC Berkeley law schools suggests that used electric vehicle batteries may be a promising solution to California’s search for cheap energy storage.

Q&A: Biologist Tom Smith on taking evolution into our own hands
September 15, 2014
UCLA professor Tom Smith says human-driven evolution is creating drug-resistant diseases, pesticide-proof bugs and mass extinctions due to climate change. “We can either choose to manage evolutionary processes or not, but evolutionary change will proceed regardless.”

Man-made evolution is happening, and it’s time to control it
September 11, 2014
Drug-resistant diseases, pesticide-resistant bugs and animals threatened by climate change are signs of human-driven evolution getting out of control. A multi-university team calls for solutions.

UCLA professor honored for expanding our understanding of tropical forests
September 04, 2014
Next month, Professor Stephen Hubbell will become the first American in 40 years to receive a Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations.

UCLA faculty voice: Renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund for the next 50 years
September 03, 2014
California has reaped huge benefits from the law that directs oil and gas drilling royalties to water and land protection, and Congress must commit to reauthorizing it.

UCLA projects to improve L.A. by 2050 vie for online votes
September 03, 2014
Six proposals led primarily by UCLA units are vying with 261 others for grant funding by the Goldhirsh Foundation, which is hoping to jump-start projects that will make L.A. the best place to play, to connect, to live, create and learn by 2050.


With NSF grant, UCLA scientists to predict climate change in key coastal regions around the world
August 28, 2014
Environmental, atmospheric and oceanic researchers at UCLA will create a first-of-its-kind model of how coastal waters will react to climate change this century.

Water conservation strategy should consider health, cost and community concerns, to
August 20, 2014
Efforts to hit Gov. Brown’s water reduction target could have unintended, and potentially harmful, consequences for the health of Californians and their communities.

UCLA’s green fleet is growing
August 12, 2014
UCLA Transportation has added 41 electric vehicles to its fleet of eco-friendly vehicles, thanks to a generous gift from the Ray Fladeboe Trust. The donation brings the number of fully equipped EVs in use around the campus to 250-plus

JULY 2014

UCLA geographer helps sequence rice genome
July 31, 2014
UCLA geographer Judith Carney is part of an international team of interdisciplinary researchers who have sequenced the complete genome of African rice (Oryza glaberrima). The findings were reported online Sunday in the scholarly journal Nature Genetics.

UCLA, EDF identify opportunities to curb climate pollution, spur clean energy jobs in L.A.
July 29, 2014
Nearly 4 in 10 Los Angeles County residents live in environmentally vulnerable communities burdened by air pollution and other risk factors, according to a study by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and The Environmental Defense Fund.

UCLA geographer Glen MacDonald named to John Muir Endowed Chair
July 23, 2014
Glen MacDonald, formerly the director of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, is the first holder of a new chair named after legendary conservationist John Muir. Mark Gold is now acting director of IoES.

UCLA and Natural History Museum explore drought in ‘Just Add Water’
July 08, 2014
Water researchers from UCLA, the Natural History Museum and elsewhere are helping the region understand issues, history and possible solutions related to the drought. A discussion series featuring panels of experts begins July 10.

UC president announces food initiative, recognizes campus efforts
UC president announces food initiative, recognizes campus efforts
July 01, 2014
Janet Napolitano stops at UCLA to share news of a major initiative intended to marshal resources across the UC system to address global food needs.

JUNE 2014

UCLA experts say L.A. should change water pricing structure to improve conservation
June 26, 2014
Among the group’s other recommendations: household water meters that measure indoor and outdoor water use separately, and stronger incentives for drought-resistant landscaping.

UCLA faculty voice: Could drinking seawater be good for us?
UCLA faculty voice: Could drinking seawater be good for us?
June 18, 2014
Professor Yoram Cohen suggests that water reclamation, water recycling and reuse could become very important for health and conservation in the future.

Is that factory near you spewing toxins? UCLA students create website to tell you
Is that factory near you spewing toxins? UCLA students create website to tell you
June 17, 2014
The Cal EcoMaps site, launched this month, features a detailed interactive map and environmental impact ratings for 172 industrial facilities in Los Angeles County.

UCLA faculty voices: No quick fix for those melting glaciers
UCLA faculty voices: No quick fix for those melting glaciers
June 12, 2014
Daniela Cusack and her fellow scientists who have been working for two years on finding a strategy to reduce global warming have concluded that we cannot engineer our way out of climate change.

New lab in Santa Monica Mountains will aid conservation scientists
New lab in Santa Monica Mountains will aid conservation scientists
June 09, 2014
A $500,000 gift from Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will add a laboratory to the La Kretz Field Station, located in Malibu.

UCLA Health System hospitals honored for environmental achievements
UCLA Health System hospitals honored for environmental achievements
June 06, 2014
For the fourth straight year, the hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica have been recognized by Practice Greenhealth for their efforts to recycle, eliminate mercury and reduce medical waste.

No way around it: Reducing emissions will be the primary way to fight climate change, UCLA-led study finds
No way around it: Reducing emissions will be the primary way to fight climate change, UCLA-led study finds
June 01, 2014
A new report by professors from UCLA and five other universities concludes that climate engineering won’t suffice, and we have to cut down the amount of carbon being released into the atmosphere.

MAY 2014

UCLA Health System hospitals honored for environmental achievements
UCLA Health System hospitals honored for environmental achievements
June 06, 2014
For the fourth straight year, the hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica have been recognized by Practice Greenhealth for their efforts to recycle, eliminate mercury and reduce medical waste.

No way around it: Reducing emissions will be the primary way to fight climate change, UCLA-led study finds
No way around it: Reducing emissions will be the primary way to fight climate change, UCLA-led study finds
June 01, 2014
A new report by professors from UCLA and five other universities concludes that climate engineering won’t suffice, and we have to cut down the amount of carbon being released into the atmosphere.

UCLA prof gives TV viewers bird's-eye view of climate change
UCLA prof gives TV viewers bird’s-eye view of climate change
May 28, 2014
Alex Hall, a professor in UCLA’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Institute of Environment and Sustainability, appears in “Years of Living Dangerously,” airing June 2 on Showtime, and explains how climate change will impact our lives.

China’s pollution challenge
China’s pollution challenge
May 21, 2014
Alex Wang and Benjamin van Rooj explore the consequences and goals of China’s new environmental protection law in an op-ed in the New York Times.


Using knowledge to quench a thirst
Using knowledge to quench a thirst
May 15, 2014
UC researchers use their expertise to help California cope with one of the most severe droughts on record


UCLA Engineering's mobile plant hits the road to treat polluted water
UCLA Engineering’s mobile plant hits the road to treat polluted water
May 07, 2014
A rolling water treatment plant designed by UCLA researchers made a pit stop on campus this week before heading north to the San Joaquin Valley, where it will help address California’s inadequate water supply.

APRIL 2014

UCLA lauded for sustainability efforts, environmental stewardship
April 23, 2014 With the worldwide celebration of Earth Day taking place this week in more than 190 countries, a number of organizations have taken note of UCLA’s commitment to sustainability and environmental excellence.

Canada’s governor general to speak at UCLA about US-Canadian innovation
April 23, 2014 David Lloyd Johnston will address how the two nations can work together to promote innovation across disciplines and borders.

Bruin Plate earns sustainable food service award
April 15, 2014 UCLA’s newest dining hall, Bruin Plate, has been recognized for sustainable food service in the 10th annual Higher Education Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards competition.

Emmett Family Foundation gift will enhance UCLA Law leadership on environmental issues
April 10, 2014 The gift will support research and policy fellows; fund student scholarships and a public service fellowship; support outreach, events and speaker series; and provide resources to attract faculty.

Out and About: Conservation in Cameroon
April 10, 2014 Professor Thomas Smith of the UCLA Center for Tropical Research, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology will hold a lecture about the Center’s efforts of conservation in Central Africa.

UCLA hospitals serve up antibiotic-free beef and chicken
April 03, 2014 Patients, staff and visitors can now enjoy a healthier version of the traditional burger-and-fries lunch. The menu additions further the medical centers’ focus on healthier eating.

Healthy Campus Initiative funds student group projects
April 03, 2014 Promoting healthy lifestyle choices, UCLA’s Healthy Campus Initiative has funded 13 new projects proposed by student organizations.

Daily Bruin: Students meet Bruin Plate producers in Earth Day event

MARCH 2014

Congressman, entertainment luminaries honored at UCLA environment gala
March 25, 2014 Hosted by Jeanne and Tony Pritzker, the star-studded event raised $650,000 to support UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability research and education initiatives.

Upcoming forum on water to feature two UCLA experts
March 17, 2014 Two UCLA environmental experts will be part of a free panel discussion on March 19 focused on water and its importance, especially in the midst of California’s drought. Madelyn Glickfield, assistant director for outreach and strategic…

UCLA study yields more accurate data on thousands of years of climate change
March 13, 2014  The researchers used an innovative technique called clumped isotope thermometry to help determine temperature patterns dating to the last ice age, 20,000 years ago.

Water saver: Engineer’s invention makes dirty water reusable
March 10, 2014 Engineering professor Yoram Cohen’s Gray2Blue system cleans up a home’s gray water for reuse in irrigating the garden. It could save Californians billions of gallons of clean water every day.

‘Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa’ opens on Earth Day at Fowler
March 07, 2014 The exhibition examines the conceptually complex and visually rich relationship between individuals and communities in Africa and the land on which they live.


Chef electrifies his two-wheeled commute
March 03, 2014 Kevin Aiello, executive chef of Bruin Plate, one of the first health-themed university dining halls in the country, rides an electric bike to campus daily from his home in Manhattan Beach. The bike must be pedaled so it can go twice as fast — speeding up to as much as 30 miles an hour.

GlobalPost: LG Chem to purchase U.S. water filter firm for US$200 mln (UCLA Company)

Daily Bruin: A photo tour of three UCLA recycling and waste management sites


UCLA Newsroom: UCLA researchers improve process for manufacturing highly efficient solar cells

KCRW: To ease water use, UCLA engineers develop ‘vertical wetlands’

CBS Local: Desalination may become common reality in near future


UCLA Today: Drying up: UC, UCLA to cut water use 20 percent by 2020

Daily Bruin: Citywide plastic bag ban impacts UCLA, Westwood locations

Daily Bruin: UC announces goal to reduce water consumption by 2020

Daily Bruin: Calif. drought spurs Gov. Brown to declare state of emergency

UCLA Newsroom: ‘The Coming Water Crisis’: UCLA hosts U.S-Australia dialogue on water resources


UCLA Newsroom: UCLA study: L.A. neighborhoods show striking differences in transit-related air pollution

UCLA Today: Student paves way for new medical clinic in Uganda


Clean Tech LA: Smart Grid Panel Discussion — Smart Meters, EMFs, Vehicle-To-Grid Fun, & More

KPCC: UCLA Grand Challenge Project to turn LA into a model for urban sustainability

LA Times: UCLA project to study shifting L.A. to local resources

UCLA Today: A grand goal: moving L.A. to only local water, renewable energy by 2050

Daily Bruin: UCLA announces ‘Grand Challenge’ for environmental sustainability

UCLA Today: Activities lead up to major announcement about UCLA’s Grand Challenge

Daily Bruin: UCLA Anderson School of Management students help build award-winning company Greenbotics

UCLA Today: Q&A: Green urban-transit researcher Juan Matute


UCLA Engineering: UCLA Team Receives $1.3 Million for Zero-Net Energy Building Materials, Software Tools

Newsroom: UCLA engineers develop new metabolic pathway to more efficiently convert sugars into biofuels

Newsroom: Pritzker family’s $20M gift to UCLA targets environment and other societal challenges

LA Times: UCLA environmental studies receives $15-million donation


Newsroom: New UCLA dining hall serves up a plateful of healthy ideas

Daily Bruin: Health themed dining hall to open on the hill

UCLA Magazine: Can we ensure the future of water?

UCLA Newsroom: UC center receives $24 million to transform how nanomaterials are tested for safety


UCLA Newsroom: UCLA could teach L.A. commuters to improve traffic

UCLA Today: UCLA rated as one of most sustainable universities in the nation

JULY 2013

UCLA Newsroom: UCLA researchers double efficiency of novel solar cell

UCLA Magazine Feature: Home Grown

Daily Bruin: Two Ackerman Union Tables Go Solar

JUNE 2013

LA Times: Climate change could slash snowfall in Southern California mountains

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MAY 2013

The Source: New UCLA study finds Gold Line and Orange Line produce less smog and fewer greenhouse gases in both near- and far-term

UCLA Newsroom: UCLA researchers capture wasted heat, use it to power devices

LA Times: Bruins like to feed on fresh fruits and vegetables

APRIL 2013

LA Times: On Earth Day UCLA becomes first UC to institute tobacco ban

Daily Bruin Radio: Long Story Short: Earth Day Coverage

UCLA Today: Green College Guide highlights UCLA, seven other UCs

Huffington Post: Sustainability Bill of Rights: A New Paradigm to Protect Environment and People (co-authored by UCLA IOES Assistant Director)

UCLA Today: Magali Delmas gets $447,000 NSF grant for energy-conservation research

UCLA Newsroom: UCLA researchers find potential link between auto pollution, some childhood cancers

Daily Bruin: UC looks to reduce carbon emissions, comply with cap and trade policies

Harvard Business Review: High speed rail vs. austerity (authored by UCLA IOES professor Matt Kahn)

Hollywood Reporter: Sumner Redstone Donates $250,000 to UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

MARCH 2013

UCLA Newsroom: UCLA center creates first interactive electricity-use map of Los Angeles

Huffington Post: A Teachable Moment About Plastic Bag Bans (authored by UCLA IOES professor Dan Blumstein)

UCLA IOES: Highlights from the IoES Urban Sustainability in North American Cities Symposium

Climate Wire: Al Gore, celebrities unite to raise money for environmental education center

UCLA Newsroom: Al Gore and UCLA institute champion climate fixes together at fundraiser

Daily Bruin Prime: Hitting the streets: Community ‘greening’ efforts put LA on sustainable path

AIA: UCLA’s Dr. Richard Jackson awarded honorary membership to the American Institute of Architects


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