Happenings

Sparking a Regional Conversation panel from the #SustainLACo kick-off event
Cassie Rauser

The Los Angeles County Chief Sustainability Office hosted a #SustainLACo kick-off event on November 16, 2017 at the L.A. County Natural History Museum to mark the beginning of the development of a countywide sustainability plan. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the County’s first Chief Sustainability Officer Gary Gero kicked off the morning by Read more

Skirball Fire from Bel Air, Linda Flora. Fires like these will likely become more frequent in the Los Angeles region due to changes in climate patterns, UCLA climate experts say.
Judd Weiss; Instagram.com/JuddWeiss

A number of UCLA climate experts responded to recent Southern California wildfires with the same message – these events are a foreshadowing of conditions to come due to human-induced climate change. These researchers explained that the combination of an unusually wet winter last year with an unusually dry, warm summer and fall exacerbate fire risk. The wet winter prompts Read more

Professor Glen MacDonald (Geography) presenting on his research: Regional and Urban Vegetation Browning and the Recent Drought – A Preview of Los Angeles’ Future?
Asma Mahdi

On November 29, 2017, the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Water Research Symposium gathered researchers from across campus to share their work and perspectives on realizing local water for Los Angeles. Bringing together the UCLA research community and representatives from the City and County of LA, the symposium was a platform to inform on-the-ground regional sustainability Read more

Research has shown that in cities including Los Angeles, bus riders frequently spend 15 to 25 minutes or more each way waiting for a bus, which exposes them to pollution at intersections.
Christelle Snow/UCLA

With funding from the National Science Foundation and the California Air Resources Board, UCLA postdoctoral fellow Wonsik Choi from professor Suzanne Paulson’s lab (Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences), demonstrated that moving bus stop sites 120 feet away from intersections would substantially reduce the amount of pollution to which bus riders are exposed by waiting for a bus.  Read more