Projects

Effective on-screen sustainable behavior and message placement

More than ever before, streaming services and television are easily accessible and readily available in society. 55 million Americans are subscribed to Netflix and 94 million Americans pay for television subscriptions. As the effects of climate change continue to intensify, we aim to draw attention to the enormous potential of on-screen eco-placements, which show eco-friendly...

La River Plan

How competing Los Angeles River revitalization plans will affect surrounding communities

In 2007, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released the city’s master plan to revitalize the Los Angeles River. Today, the concrete channel is seeing an influx of investment aimed at transforming the concrete flood channel. Many disparate stakeholders have an interest in the river’s future — their competing visions and interests have emerged as one...

Cyclone over an island.

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...

kelp forest

Ocean acidification in Santa Monica Bay

Ocean acidification is an invisible phenomena with the potential to devastate marine life. Oceans act as a carbon sink — they have absorbed between a quarter and a third of emissions since humans began burning fossil fuels. This has not been without consequences. That additional carbon in seawater has increased its acidity. When carbon dioxide dissolves...

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...

Ebony harvested and growing

Sustainable ebony production in the Congo Basin

Rainforests have long been recognized for their importance to the entire planet. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, something all animals need to survive. They are also home to some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, boasting a vast array of plants and animals, many of which are still undiscovered by humans....