Environmental Justice

Environmental problems affect everyone on the planet, but disenfranchised communities are often the most affected and least represented. We mentor and develop a diverse contingent of experts while confronting injustices at the community and global level.




The power of the tropics

Felipe Zapata

I am an associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and co-director of the Center for Tropical Research in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. I…

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UCLA Professor Suzanne Paulson and Ph.D. Candidate Viraj Sawant Illuminate Path Forward in Addressing Near-Roadway Air Pollution’s Impact on Public Health

UCLA Professor and Center for Clean Air Director Suzanne Paulson and UCLA Ph.D. candidate Viraj Sawant have made significant strides in understanding and addressing the impacts of near-roadway air pollution (NRAP) on public…

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Suzanne Paulson and Viraj Sawant for CalSPEC — Near-Roadway Indoor Air Pollution: Assessing Health Effects and Mitigation Strategies

UCLA Professor and Center for Clean Air Director Suzanne Paulson and UCLA Ph.D. candidate Viraj Sawant contribute to CalSPEC report highlighting the impacts of near-roadway air pollution (NRAP) on indoor…

Cars on the freeway in traffic


The LADWP To Expand Free Electric Vehicle Charging Stations In Underserved Communities

Researchers analyzed an archive of energy consumption data and hosted listening sessions to come up with “LA100 Equity Strategies.” The study is a detailed analysis of L.A.’s clean energy investment inequities. It also outlines more than 50 ways officials can address those inequities, including housing, local solar, and truck electrification. Stephanie Pincetl was one of those researchers. She’s a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and founding director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities. Pincetl told LAist the city needs to really communicate the benefits of going 100% renewable with the residents and ratepayers of Los Angeles. That’s not an easy message to get across, she added, and the LADWP can’t do it alone.



L.A. is going electric. Can it do so equitably?

Stephanie Pincetl, a lead author and director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, said the assessment is an exceptional example of national and international leadership, but stressed that there is much work yet to be done. “Clearly, inequities are historic and they’re deeply embedded in the city’s bones,” Pincetl said. And while the report outlines a number of strategies, “the challenge today is to figure out which ones are the most urgent, which ones are the medium term and which ones are the longer term.”

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Stephanie Pincetl for New York Times — Los Angeles Will Offer More Energy Incentives to Low-Income Residents

UCLA professor and director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities Stephanie Pincetl discusses the LA 100 Equity Strategies — a report that outlines ways to make LA's transition to 100% renewable energy equitable— for New York Times. "This transition is obviously going to be expensive. Somebody is going to have to pay for all of this.”

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Student practicum team drills into urban oil fields

A student-led survey has uncovered stark disparities in public health outcomes for L.A. neighborhoods with oil and gas drilling.

Open for business in the Congo rainforest

Recently, crew of college students from UCLA and Cameroon left convenience behind and plunged into the rainforest. Their objective: reopen a field station that had been shuttered for two decades,…


What Will it Take for an Energy Transition to be Just?

Stephanie Pincetl, Ph.D.

Presentation | 2022

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