Law & Policy

Working with UCLA School of Law and Luskin School of Public Affairs, we explore the critical role governance and policy plays on a broad range of environmental issues — and potential strategies for the future.


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Longcore Joins PLAN-Biodiversity Horizon Europe Project as Advisory Board Member

IoES Adjunct Professor Travis Longcore has joined the PLAN-Biodiversity project as an advisory board member. This innovative European project, “The Path Towards Addressing Adverse Impacts of Light and Noise Pollution on Terrestrial…

Graphic of starry night sky with text that says "Tackling noise and light pollution for a Sustainable Tomorrow" and "The Path Towards Addressing Adverse Impacts of Light and Noise Pollution on Terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecosystems"


The California Center for Sustainable Communities at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability strongly condemns the mob attack on our UCLA student encampment. 

We object in the strongest possible terms to the University's failure to support our students' right to protest peacefully and to be kept safe while doing so. We are horrified that Chancellor Block did not exercise his responsibility to protect and support students. We believe his statements (and those of President Drake) opened the way to these attacks on our community. The exemplary nature of this encampment made it a target for those who oppose the free exercise of views that differ from their own. Continuing to arrest and jail protesters will not lead to a thoughtful and productive discussion about the very real issues raised by the Israeli invasion of Gaza, and what the University can do to help curb the extraordinary suffering and deaths that are occurring. We call for the convocation of a body to discuss the substantive calls for disclosure and divestment. We also support full legal, academic and disciplinary amnesty for all students, staff, and faculty.


Daniel Blumstein and Thomas Smith for Public Square—Is the Wilderness Act Still Protecting Nature?

In a new essay for Public Square, UCLA professors Daniel Blumstein and Thomas Smith discuss the implications of the Wilderness Act of 1964 on effective land management and climate research. They…


Lorena De la Puente Burlando Awarded 2024 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship

The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability is proud to announce that Lorena De la Puente Burlando has been awarded a 2024 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship. The program supports doctoral students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences as…


Governor’s Climate and Forest Task Force: Remote Sensing Workshop at UCLA

The Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF Task Force) held its first Remote Sensing Workshop at the University of California Los Angeles in June, 2023. The workshop was designed…

How Climate Change Will Impact California, Interview with Dr. Alan Barreca

Interview on The Young Turks ScIQ with UCLA environmental economist Alan Barreca by Jayde Lovell about climate change effects on public health, vulnerable communities, and the state of California. They also…


Advancing a Net Zero Urban Water Future in the United States Southwest: Governance and Policy Challenges and Future Needs

Courtney Crosson*, Stephanie Pincetl, Caroline Scruggs, Neha Gupta, Rashi Bhushan, Sybil Sharvelle, Erik Porse, Andrea Achilli, Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Gregory Pierce, Dominic L. Boccelli, Charles P. Gerba, Melinda Morgan, Tzahi Y. Cath, Bruce Thomson, Steve Baule, Steve Glass, Mark Gold, James MacAdam, Luke Cole, Mead Mier, Catlow Shipek, and Thomas Meixner

Published Work | 2024 | ACS EST Water

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