Archive Tag: Environmental Justice

Jon Christensen, adjunct assistant professor and journalist-in-residence in the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times about efforts to revitalize the Ballona wetlands. The state’s restoration plan has fueled a debate within L.A.’s environmental community between eco-engineers and “leave-nature-alone types.”

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Liz Koslov, UCLA assistant professor of urban planning and environment and sustainability, was quoted extensively in a Curbed story about development along New York City’s coastlines and the reality of sea level rise. In the face of this risk, many scientists, planners, activists and academics are calling for managed retreat, defined in the story as “the strategic relocation of structures or abandonment of land to manage natural hazard risk.”

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UCLA Professor Kian Goh penned a column in The Nation connecting California’s devastating fire seasons and the 20th Century ideologies of economic development and homeownership that have dictated urban development in the state. Goh writes that the ways in which we plan and develop our cities makes fires even more destructive and even interferes with addressing climate change.

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Drinking water quality findings from the 2019 Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC) Environmental Report Card for Los Angeles County Water were featured in a Cronkite News/Arizona PBS story about lead contamination in California public schools and communities. Lead can leak into drinking water from old pipes and infrastructure, and there is no state requirement for testing drinking water at the tap in homes.

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UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation will conduct a statewide water needs analysis of the systems that provide drinking water to Californians. The analysis, which is funded by a $3 million contract with the California State Water Resources Board, will help ensure access to clean and affordable drinking water across the state of California.

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