Happenings

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

A view of UCLA to Los Angeles City Hall.
Photo Credit: Nurit Katz

On Friday, April 28, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and UCLA Chancellor Gene Block convened the newly formed L.A. Sustainability Leadership Council.  This council demonstrates the partnership between the City of Los Angeles and UCLA to advance sustainability goals for the region, as outlined in the Sustainable City pLAn and the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Five-Year Work Plan. Members of this new Leadership Council include prominent business, academic, and Read more

The 2017 Energy and Air Quality report card examined 21 indicators in five categories to assess energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and air quality in Los Angeles County.
UCLA

The UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge released the 2017 Sustainable LA Environmental Report Card on Energy and Air Quality for Los Angeles County on April 27, 2017. After analyzing roughly a decade’s worth of key energy and environmental data, UCLA researchers gave a C grade for energy and air quality within Los Angeles County in the latest environmental report card. Read more

Mark Gold, associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability at UCLA, speaks in favor of the new government-run utility.
(Ivan Penn / Los Angeles Times)

On Tuesday, April 18, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the public energy program, a community choice aggregation program (CCA) which will lower utility bills and provide easier access to clean-energy options. The program has the potential to become California’s largest CCA and will allow L.A. County to buy and create new Read more