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Jeff Van

2023 SAR Communications Director

Sustainability Action Research

Jeff is a third-year UCLA student studying Environmental Science, with a concentration in Environmental Systems and Society. He is currently the Communications Director for the Sustainability Action Research program. A major part of his experience at UCLA has been tackling single-use plastic waste and promoting more sustainable alternatives. During the 2020-2021 school year, he was a member of the Sustainability Action Research Plastic Policy Team, which researched alternatives to single use containers and utensils in UCLA Dining locations to comply with the UCLA Single-Use Plastics Policy. He has also worked with the USAC Facilities Commission to advocate for and implement a reusable diningware program for UCLA Dining takeout locations. As a researcher with the IoES Corporate Partners Program, he researched alternatives to single-use plastic products, regulations regarding plastics and waste diversion around the world, and best practices in corporate sustainability approaches to single use plastics, in order to help Sony Pictures Entertainment update their single-use plastics guidelines. Jeff was one of the leaders of the NFT team within Sustainability Action Research, which worked with UCLA Trademarks and Licensing to evaluate the environmental impacts of non-fungible token proposals at UCLA. In his free time, he enjoys drawing, hiking, and playing the piano.

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2021-2022 Research

Projects this year were each defined by single company but are being written to inform our larger membership.    2021-2022 Research Topics   Getting engaged: maximizing employee engagement around CSR…