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LENS has partnered with KCET, the nation’s largest independent public media company to produce engaging, research-driven environmental stories.

In collaboration with KCET, UCLA faculty and students are developing immersive stories and documentary films that reach diverse audiences. In our pilot year (2017-2018), the project is focusing on California as a living lab for exploring the histories and horizons of urban planning, urban biodiversity, sustainable food and water, environmental equity, and multispecies justice.

Our UCLA team represents Anthropology; English; Environmental Science; Geography; and the School of Theater, Film and Television.

LENS-KCET Environmental Storylines for 2017-2018

  • Reimagining Taylor Yard and the L.A. River
    Jon Christensen, lead faculty member
  • Los Angeles as a Multispecies City
    Ursula K. Heise, lead faculty member
  • California Food Futures
    Allison Carruth, lead faculty member
  • Wetlands and Cultures of Water
    Jessica Cattelino, lead faculty member

Watch our first documentary short

Taylor Yard: A Change of Heart in Los Angeles

Explore our other stories about Taylor Yard as a lens on L.A.’s past, present & greener futures.