Jeff Van

B.S. '24

Environmental Science

Jeff is a second-year UCLA student studying Environmental Science, with a concentration in Environmental Systems and Society. 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 is currently working 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, Jeff is researching 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 is also one of the leaders of the NFT team within Sustainability Action Research, which is working 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.



2021-2022 Research

Projects this year were each defined by single company but are being written to inform our larger membership. White papers will be released in June 2022!   2021-2022 Research Topics…