Projects - Peter Kareiva

carbon sequestration through compost

Carbon sequestration through compost

The San Joaquin Valley of Central California is an agricultural powerhouse, producing almost half of the nation’s fruits and vegetables. However, this production is not without trade-offs. Agricultural operations often result in unhealthy air quality, increased greenhouse gas emissions, and excessive water usage – the Central Valley is home to five of the ten cities...

solving the restaurant waste problem

Solving the restaurant waste problem

Despite the increasing awareness of the need for sustainability, the majority of the restaurant industry has yet to make significant changes to its methods of operation and resource utilization.  Its reputation still holds a very traditional outlook that seems to ward off any opportunity to change and move towards sustainable practices. But with the climate...

known and emerging risks to islands

Known and emerging risks to small island developing states

Islands are particularly vulnerable to environmental risks from climate change and natural disasters.  These risks can be especially hazardous to a small-scale island economy and have cascading effects; for example, climate change vulnerability can negatively impact an island’s credit rating, further impairing its capacity for increasing resilience. In order to bolster islands’ resilience and adaptive...

reducing wildfire risk in southern california

Reducing Wildfire Risk in Southern California

Wildfires in California are becoming more frequent and destructive, resulting in increased loss of property and life. In November 2018 alone, fires throughout the state caused up to an estimated $13 billion dollars in insured damages, $1.3 billion in fire suppression costs, and the tragic loss of 80 lives — with hundreds still listed as...

renewable energy: 2019-2020 focus

Renewable Energy: 2019-2020 Focus

Policymakers are pushing to not just increase integration of renewable energy, but to transform our energy systems into systems dominated by renewables at local, state, and national levels. LA’s Green New Deal, part of the 2019 update to Sustainable City pLAn, sets goals for LADWP to supply 100% renewable energy by 2045. In California, the...

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