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La Kretz Center Public Lecture Postponed Until Fall 2024

The 2024 UCLA Public Lecture has been postponed until September 28th, 2024.


UCLA Named Finalist for SEPA Power Player Award in Equity

The California Center for Sustainable Communities, along with UCLA research teams and departments, has been selected as a finalist for the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) 2024 Power Player Awards in the Equity category.

SEPA Power Player Award Finalist graphic


Elsa Ordway Leads PANGEA Scoping Workshop in Washington D.C.

UCLA Center for Tropical Research and Congo Basin Institute co-director Dr. Elsa Ordway is leading PANGEA, a NASA-funded effort to design a large-scale field campaign studying tropical forests worldwide. This…

Elsa Ordway presenting at PANGEA workshop in Washington D.C.


Stephanie Pincetl Co-Authors Research on Net Zero Urban Water

Founding Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities and Chair of UCLA’s Environment and Sustainability Ph.D. program Dr. Stephanie Pincetl co-authored a study, “Advancing a Net Zero Urban Water Future in the United States Southwest.” Published in ACS ES&T Water, the research examines the feasibility of Net Zero Urban Water (NZUW) — cities becoming self-sufficient with local water sources. This is crucial for the water-stressed US Southwest, where the Colorado River can’t meet the demands of 40 million residents.


Daniel Blumstein and Thomas Smith for Public Square—Is the Wilderness Act Still Protecting Nature?

In a new essay for Public Square, UCLA professors Daniel Blumstein and Thomas Smith discuss the implications of the Wilderness Act of 1964 on effective land management and climate research. They…


Lorena De la Puente Burlando Awarded 2024 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship

The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability is proud to announce that Lorena De la Puente Burlando has been awarded a 2024 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship. The program supports doctoral students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences as…


Deepak Rajagopal for WalletHub—Greenest States (2024)

WalletHub compared America’s 50 states to identify the most environmentally friendly ones, ranking them based on three categories: environmental quality, eco-friendly behaviors and climate-change contributions. California took the top spot,…


UCLA IoES Magazine: #3 in Top 30 California Sustainability Blogs

Discover why UCLA IoES Magazine is a top-ranking California Sustainability Blog!


UCLA Assistant Professor Liz Koslov Receives NSF Award for Research on Managed Retreat in Wildfire Zones

Discover how UCLA asst. professor Liz Koslov is advancing research on managed retreat in wildfire zones with her NSF Award.


Jon Christensen for Dodger Blue — Los Angeles Parks Alliance Files Lawsuit Over Dodger Stadium Gondola Project

UCLA professor Jon Christensen discusses the Dodger Stadium gondola project lawsuit for Dodger Blue, sharing how LAPA challenges the project’s environmental impact and community implications. LAPA’s lawsuit under CEQA aims…

A rendering of a proposed Dodger Stadium gondola project that would aim to ferry up to 5,000 passengers an hour from Union Station in downtown L.A. to the stadium.(LA Aerial Rapid Transit)


Give Back to the Bruin Community at UCLA’s Surplus Stop

In the vibrant atmosphere of a university campus like UCLA, sustainability is a vital aspect of reducing waste and fostering an eco-friendly environment. At UCLA, sustainability isn’t just a concept—it’s…


UCLA Decarbonization Study Paves the Way for a Greener Campus

UCLA is leading the charge in combating climate change with its yearlong decarbonization study, showcasing its commitment to sustainability. This proactive initiative aims to reduce or eliminate carbon emissions, aligning…


Ursula K. Heise Co-Edits ‘Environment and Narrative in Vietnam’— A Cultural Exploration of Environmental Perspectives

UCLA Professor Ursula K. Heise, co-founder and director of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies at IoES, recently co-edited a book titled “Environment and Narrative in Vietnam.” This comprehensive work,…


Daniel Swain for SFist — One Last Storm to Come Before Rainy Season Officially Ends Sunday

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain discusses California’s rainy season for SFist, sharing how the ‘above average’ snowpack in the Northern Sierra is notable due to the region’s shifting weather patterns.…


Daniel Swain for Los Angeles Times — More rain hits L.A., California this weekend, while the Sierra again braces for heavy snow

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain discusses California’s upcoming weather for LA Times, sharing how the state is bracing for more rain and heavy snow. Swain notes that a large low-pressure…

Skiers ride a chair lift on a blustery day at Mammoth Mountain on March 14 in Mammoth Lakes. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)


Karen McKinnon Receives NSF CAREER Award for Heat Extremes Research

The World Health Organization identified heatwaves as one of the most dangerous natural hazards, and they’re on the rise worldwide. UCLA climate scientist and assistant professor Karen McKinnon has been…


Edith de Guzman for LAist—How You Can Help Refill LA’s Aquifers By Capturing Stormwater At Home

UCLA water equity and adaptation policy cooperative extension specialist Edith De Guzman discusses the impacts of extreme weather events on vulnerable communities in Los Angeles for LAist, sharing how water…

When one swale fills up, pipes pull the water to another on this property. If the system is overwhelmed it sends the water out to the storm drains. (Shawn Maestretti / Studio Petrichor)


IoES Magazine Ranked #2 Among Top 15 Los Angeles Sustainability Blogs

IoES Magazine has been recognized as one of the Top 15 Los Angeles Sustainability Blogs by Feedspot’s panelists, securing the number two spot on the list. The Top 15 list…


Elsa Ordway for Down to Earth — ‘The Congo more climate-resilient than Amazonia? Jury is still out’

Elsa Ordway, co-director of the Congo Basin Institute and Center for Tropical Research, recently collaborated with global experts in Cameroon to strategize a 10-year study on tropical forest ecology. The project,…

Photograph of the Yaoundé workshop shared by Elsa Ordway


Elsa Ordway and Virginia Zaunbrecher — NASA-funded study brings together researchers from across the world to unravel mysteries of tropical forests 

UCLA Center for Tropical Research and Congo Basin Institute Co-Director Elsa Ordway and Congo Basin Institute Managing Director Virginia Zaunbrecher discuss a NASA-funded project aimed at supporting the research and…

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Daniel Swain for LA Times—Scientists warn that a crucial ocean current could collapse, altering global weather

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain discusses the potential collapse of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation for LA Times, sharing how it could lead to “hugely chaotic changes in global weather…

Chunks of ice break off from the Greenland ice sheet in 2017, creating a swarm of icebergs in a fjord.(David Goldman / Associated Press)


Daniel Swain for San Francisco Chronicle — Tahoe travel: Here’s what to expect on highways as multiday Sierra snowstorm arrives

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain discusses the major Sierra snowstorm headed towards the Western United States for San Francisco Chronicle. “It will be a big Sierra storm at the passes,…

White out conditions were seen across the Sierra Nevada Mountains as heavy winds affected visibility throughout the state. | Credit: Brian Walker


Deepak Rajagopal for Voice of America — Not Enough Chargers in Top EV Market California, Drivers Say

UCLA Professor Deepak Rajagopal highlights the challenges of public charging stations in Los Angeles for Voice of America. Rajagopal discusses the growing issue of long wait times due to insufficient…

Driver charging Electric Vehicle


Daniel Swain for Los Angeles Times — Woodland Hills reels from record-setting heat and rainfall as extreme weather takes toll

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain discusses the influence of climate change on weather extremes for LA Times, exploring how it creates hydroclimate whiplash. “We don’t have to go very far…

Woodland Hills is seen from the top of Topanga Overlook off Topanga Canyon Boulevard. The hilly, prosperous San Fernando Valley suburb has taken more than its share of weather pain.(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)


Daniel Swain for National Geographic — What is the ARkStorm? California’s worst nightmare, potentially

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain discusses what an ARkStorm is for National Geographic, explaining the mega-storm’s likelihood and plausibility. “It could happen this year, it could happen next year, it…

The Los Angeles River is swollen by storm runoff during an atmospheric river storm on Monday. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images