larc – the los angeles regional collaborative for climate action and sustainability

LARC – The Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability

Mission The Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability is a membership organization, fostering a network of local and regional decision-makers in the Los Angeles County region to perform climate mitigation and adaptation work, using cutting edge research on local climate impacts and information management systems. LARC’s mission is to ensure a sustainable...

hermosa beach carbon neutral scoping plan

Hermosa Beach Carbon Neutral Scoping Plan

As part of a broader effort to become a more livable, sustainable beach city, in 2010, the City of Hermosa Beach City Council set a goal achieving “carbon neutrality” for all city operations.  The UCLA Environmental Science Practicum worked with the City not only to define what carbon neutrality would mean for Hermosa Beach, but...

ucla grand challenges assessment

UCLA Grand Challenges Assessment

 2014 was first year for a ART Grand Challenge Team. The team’s primary goals for the year are to figure out how research being done by professors at UCLA can be applied to achieving the “Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles” (THLA) Grand Challenge, and how opportunities can be created for students to become involved...

an urban ecosystem health indicator framework for los angeles county

An Urban Ecosystem Health Indicator Framework for Los Angeles County

While highly modified, urban areas in Los Angeles County are part of a broad network of ecosystems.  In addition to impacting natural ecosystems, urban areas also act as ecosystems, maintaining many modified, yet interconnected, ecological processes.  For example: The urban heat island effect results when built areas interact with natural physiography and climate to raise urban...

creating a native seed bank for urban restoration in the los angeles basin

Creating a native seed bank for urban restoration in the Los Angeles Basin

Home to more than ten million people, the Los Angeles metropolitan area accommodates one of the largest urban populations in the world. The vast majority of its landscape has been converted to freeways, skyscrapers, and strip malls, resulting in the loss of native vegetation and wildlife which provide valuable ecosystem services that maintain the landscape...

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