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The ongoing global trend of migration into large cities will only heighten the need for urban planning focused on sustainability.
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UCLA will receive $3 million over the next five-years from the National Science Foundation’s NSF Research Traineeship to launch a program that will educate graduate students on sustainable supplies of food, energy, and water to growing urban centers under the pressure of global climate change. Understanding the food, energy, water nexus in conjunction with complex regional socioeconomic and urban planning challenges is an important step towards achieving a sustainable LA. Read more

Dominguez Channel in Los Angeles County
Katie Mika

UCLA researchers have looked at how to improve water-quality and increase water-supply with a focus on the City of Los Angeles – a necessary step towards realizing 100% locally-sourced water for L.A. County by 2050, which is a goal of the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge.  In the recently released report, LA Sustainable Water Project: Dominguez Channel and Machado Lake Watersheds, researchers specifically studied the highly urbanized Dominguez Channel watershed, which includes the Machado Lake watershed and looked at the Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plant, as well as the underlying groundwater basins, to better understand opportunities to improve water quality and increase water supply. Read more

Researchers at UCLA are trying to determine what it would take to get to 100 percent local water supply.
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Researchers at UCLA created a comprehensive model to find out how L.A. County can reduce its reliance on imported water: an important step towards reaching the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge goal of 100% local water by 2050. Read more

Children cooled off at a splash park in downtown Los Angeles on Monday. Credit

UCLA researchers continue to push for climate change mitigation as recent extreme heat has led to canceled flights and record breaking temps in SoCal. Although California lawmakers have made ambitious pledges to reduce GHG emissions, the number of dangerously hot days will continue to increase, says UCLA atmospheric and oceanic professor, Alex Hall. Read more

Cristin Dorgelo (left), with Jennifer Lyon Gardner, PhD, CRA, (second to left) Michelle Popowitz, JD, MPH, (second to right) and Casandra Rauser, PhD, (right) presented during a panel session titled,“The Marathon that Feels Like a Sprint: Executing Successful ‘Grand Challenge’ Initiatives” at the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) conference.
UCLA Grand Challenges

On May 9, 2017, UCLA Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research & Executive Director for UCLA Grand Challenges Michelle Popowitz, JD, MPH, and Director of the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Casandra Rauser, PhD, participated in a panel at the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) conference in Boulder.  The conference, themed “Creating Excellence through Strategic Research Read more