sustainability action research

Sustainability Action Research

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A UCLA student-initiated, student-led organization exemplifying sustainability in the 21st century. 

Sustainability Action Research (SAR) is a student-initiated, student-designed, and student-facilitated research program offered through the Institute of the Environment & Sustainability (IoES). In the winter and spring quarters of each academic year, students on Sustainability Action Research Teams are partnered with a campus stakeholder to research, rethink, investigate, and tackle UCLA’s greatest sustainability issues.


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Become a leader and make a difference.

Sustainability Action Research students have the opportunity to:

  • Design sustainability projects and implement actionable solutions on campus.
  • Work towards sustainability goals for UCLA.
  • Establish unique relationships with UCLA faculty, staff, and fellow students who are passionate about human and environmental challenges.
  • Develop leadership skills in an applied and professional setting

“I enjoyed the close-knit, hard-working, and enthusiastic SAR community. Through SAR, it was also great to interact with other undergrads who are passionate about pursuing sustainability work in its various forms, not just on-campus, but also as future careers.”

– Mia Rosati, 2022 Native Plant Nursery Team Member

Action Research was the perfect opportunity for me to apply everything that I learned in the classroom to a real life context. Just like in my work today, I needed to hone my communication skills and creativity to find solutions for my stakeholder.

–Kyle Graycar

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