Happenings

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

Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC – URSP). Now Accepting Applications through May 15.
Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (SLA GC-URSP)

The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (SLA GC-URSP) is accepting applications for the 2017-18 course. SLA GC-URSP is a year-long course for undergraduates looking to gain experience in sustainability research and contribute to the goals of the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge: 100% renewable energy, 100% local water, and enhanced ecosystem and human health by 2050. Read more

Downtown Los Angeles’ tallest buildings rise above a blanket of smog in October 1973.
(Fitzgerald Whitney / Los Angeles Times)

As Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency debates whether or not to loosen federal regulations on auto emissions, the State of California is taking steps to escalate its own targets. On Friday, March 24, state regulators voted to increase pollution-reduction requirements for automakers selling cars in the state and expand the Read more

A wet winter is good for plants and trees, but bad for pollen allergy sufferers.
AL FED VIA FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

The unusually pronounced rainy season which struck California earlier this year earned praise from environmental advocates, who celebrated the storm’s contributions to alleviating the state’s multi-year long drought. However, UCLA Professor of Medicine Andre Nel recently highlighted a more negative development associated with Read more