A group of a half dozen faculty, researchers and a doctoral student went to the first ever Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Conference on Sustainable Cities and Landscapes. The conference at the Portland campus of University of Oregon, hosted scholars from a dozen countries discussing urban biodiversity, water management, landscape architecture, energy, urban design and other issues.
Mark Gold, leaders of the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, gave a talk on the initiative, which aims to achieve 100-percent renewable energy, 100-percent locally sourced water, and enhanced ecosystems health for Los Angeles, and the need for universities to complete research and education efforts that can have a beneficial impact in communities. Doctoral student, Isaac Brown, was the only graduate student that chaired a working group. Brown led the urban biodiversity group. Other participants included Eui Sung Yi, Ryan Harrigan, Kelsey Jessup, and Eric Porse.
The conference resulted in numerous work products that provide a path forward on sustainable city research and educational opportunities. A highlight was the discussion of the University of Oregon’s sustainable city education program that provides over 200 students a year with opportunities to work on research projects for government agencies and NGOs.
The next conference will be held at the University of Hong Kong in September, 2018.
APRU is currently chaired by Chancellor Block. UCLA’s participation in the conference would not be possible without the generous support of the International Institute.