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Sandpit 2020 Update: We have a winner!

The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC) Sandpit 2020 came to a conclusion on December 7, 2020, when eight UCLA research dream teams pitched their big ideas for solving urban sustainability problems in the Los Angeles region. After careful deliberation, a winner has emerged: Heat Resilient LA.

Congratulations to Heat Resilient LA and all the teams who shared their vision for a more sustainable, equitable, and livable Los Angeles. Although the competition is over, the journey is just beginning: Heat Resilient LA will put their research plan into action, and the other seven teams will work with SLA GC to further develop their ideas and make them a reality. Stay tuned for further updates on this innovative and game-changing work.

Learn more about the winning team and their project in today’s UCLA Newsroom release.

Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Research Spotlight: Greg Pierce

In 2012, California became the first state to legally recognize the human right to water, requiring that all Californians have access to “safe, clean, affordable and accessible water.” We spoke with Greg Pierce, associate director of the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Urban Planning, about his research and the inequalities faced by Los Angeles communities when it comes to this basic human right.

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