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6.16.2016

A degree of determination

David Colgan

Both literally and figuratively, that’s how it was for Valerie Carranza, one of 76 UCLA students who graduated with bachelor’s degrees in environmental science on Sunday. Carranza grew up in a close-knit family in the northeast San Fernando Valley. She excelled in school as a child, but in middle school, the social environment changed and…


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6.16.2016

Building sustainable water sources in Uganda

David Colgan

The UCLA environmental science student will be blogging weekly about the experience. You can follow her adventures on Medium, where she recently chronicled the project she’s working on and her first experiences in a culture that’s completely new to her. After two days of travel, Flores and three other students arrived in south Uganda on…


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6.7.2016

Environmental lobbying’s clean little secret

David Colgan

The public perception is that lobbyists fight for lax regulations, saving businesses money by allowing more pollution—often at great cost to public health and natural resources. That’s only one side of the story. Green firms lobby, too. And they’re spending nearly as much as the biggest polluters, according to a recent study from UCLA’s Institute…


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5.31.2016

L.A. students get an environmental filmmaking debut

David Colgan

It might be time for an update. In 2016, two-thirds of Americans wield video-equipped smartphones capable of telling vivid stories, from street protests to Snapchat. And 15 minutes may be more attention than people can spare, as an explosion of digital information fills our social media feeds each day. Enter GreenShorts, an environmental film contest…


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5.13.2016

Electric vehicle rubber meets the road: a Q&A with J.R. DeShazo

David Colgan

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., automobile and sustainability experts will join forces for an event that explores the past, present and future of cars and transportation. With audience participation, a panel will discuss how people move around in a society that increasingly values green technology. The discussion will be moderated by UCLA’s J.R. DeShazo—director…


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5.12.2016

Bringing cities together for a greener future

David Colgan

Luckily, they also have Yoram Cohen in common. Cohen is a UCLA professor of chemical engineering who takes a global approach to sustainability. Last year, while participating in a conference on Jerusalem, he was reminded of the two locations’ similarities. “One of the topics we covered was the city’s sustainability challenges,” Cohen said. It made…