Projects

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

 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...

The Role of Local Water Resources in the Water Sustainability of Los Angeles (National Science Foundation)

The role of local water resources in the water sustainability of Los Angeles Like many cities in semi-arid regions, Los Angeles relies on extensive, centralized redistribution projects for its water supply. Water is transported hundreds of kilometers to support agricultural and urban activities in southern California; however, allocations from remote sources have been declining due...

Griffith Park View

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...

Environmental Storytelling Collaboration with KCET

LENS is collaborating with KCET, Southern California’s independent public TV and digital media company, to produce immersive stories that bring new voices and new ideas into environmental reporting and that bring our faculty and student research into conversation with diverse public audiences. In our pilot year (2017-2018), the project will focus on California as a...