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2018 Pritzker Finalists: Miranda Wang, Asha de Vos, Chioma Ukonu

David Colgan

UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability is proud to announce the 2018 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award finalists, as selected by a faculty committee. Chioma Ukonu, Asha de Vos and Miranda Wang were chosen from a pool of 20 candidates to move on to the next round of judging. Ukonu pioneered a recycling program…


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UCLA students dig into Santa Monica Pier’s waste problem

Colin O'Brien-Lux

If global food waste were a country, it would be the third highest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind only China and the United States. A team of UCLA students investigated the problem this year in one of the most iconic places in California. The Santa Monica Pier, with nine million yearly visitors, is a visible…


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Understanding cities as more than just things

Hannah Pipes

With human impacts thus concentrated, you might expect urban areas to be a focal point of environmental research. That hasn’t always been the case, said Stephanie Pincetl, director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA. In her recent paper titled “Cities in the Age of the Anthropocene: Climate change agents and the potential…




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Philippines honor Environmental Science and Engineering graduate

David Colgan

Cris Liban was presented with the Philippines’ highest civilian award for those working overseas for his work at L.A. Metro, where he serves as Executive Officer for the Environment and Sustainability. Through his work, Liban seeks to connect communities and improve lives.