Projects

2015 Environmental Report Card for Los Angeles County

The challenge of moving towards sustainability in Los Angeles County is daunting: it is the most populous county in the nation and consists of 88 individual cities. After nearly two years of gathering and analyzing data, the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA has developed an Environmental Report Card for the County of...

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Climate Change in the Los Angeles Region

The most comprehensive study of climate change in LA to date, the Climate Change in the Los Angeles Region Project was conducted by Center for Climate Science Faculty Director Alex Hall and his research group between 2010 and 2015. Dr. Hall and his team developed a novel method for bringing global climate model projections to high spatial resolution, creating neighborhood-by-neighborhood projections of future climate over the greater Los Angeles region under different scenarios of greenhouse gas emissions.

Ecological and Environmental Effects of Turf Replacement in Southern California

Pilot Study of the Ecological and Environmental Effects of Metropolitan’s Turf Replacement Program Study Objectives The principal objectives of this study are to identify and, to the extent possible, to quantity the ecological and environmental effects of Metropolitan’s Turf Replacement Program, as implemented between 2009 and 2015, on participant’s landscapes, neighborhoods and the Los Angeles...

Environmental Report Card

Environmental Report Card In 2015, UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability issued the nation’s first environmental report card for a major metropolitan area. The purpose of the 2015 Report Card was to establish a baseline from which to measure the County’s progress toward environmental sustainability, and to create a thought-provoking tool to catalyze discussions...