Topical Tag: Urban Issues

The Magazine

not just homeowners — businesses need sustainable landscaping too

Not just homeowners — businesses need sustainable landscaping too

California is coming off the heels of an exceptionally wet February which saw multiple atmospheric rivers drench the state. But this a land of extremes, and while the state is flush with water now, we’re coming off a historic drought and another is all but inevitable. Responding to the drought in April 2015, Governor Jerry...

Events

Special Event

LA’s New Abnormal: Mega-Wildfires

Reception and Discussion

2.6.2019

  The Nature Conservancy and UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES) invite you to LA’s New Abnormal: Mega-Wildfires Reception and Discussion   Seemingly every year, California breaks some record for devastation with a new wildfire. The Woolsey fire was the worst the Malibu area has ever seen, and it has been 100 years since...


Lecture Series

Desalination: Should salt water play a role in our sustainable future?

A PROCON.org & Santa Monica Pier event

8.20.2018

Sixty percent of L.A.County’s water comes from hundreds of miles away. Obtaining and transporting trillions of gallons each year requires a lot of energy and puts enormous strain on ecosystems and human communities upstream. Meanwhile, climate change is about to up the ante. Almost two-thirds of the California’s fresh water comes from the Sierra Nevada,...


Special Event

99% Preservation and 1% Densification

A Case for Urban Density along the Wilshire Corridor

6.27.2018

The plan accommodates the city’s anticipated population increase—1.5 million people by 2050—by densifying less than one percent of its land. Comparing Wilshire Boulevard to major streets in other global metropolises, including Barcelona’s Avenida Diagonal and New York’s Broadway, they model real-world responses to growth and transformation that offer more sustainable strategies for Los Angeles. Moderated...

People

ari simon

Ari Simon

Strategy and Engagement Services

Los Angeles Regional Collective for Climate Action and Sustainability

liz koslov

Liz Koslov

Assistant Professor

Department of Urban Planning, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

sean kennedy

Sean Kennedy

Post Doctoral Researcher

California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA

robert cudd, mpp

Robert Cudd, MPP

Research Analyst

California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA

Projects

diesel truck emissions in port of los angeles

Diesel truck emissions in Port of Los Angeles

Communities living in proximity to diesel hotspots — such as ports, rail yards, distribution centers and freight roadways — disproportionately bear the negative health impacts associated with diesel exhaust. They are also usually low-income communities populated by historically marginalized and underrepresented groups. Exhaust from diesel engines releases harmful air pollutants and other toxic chemicals. Exposure...

zinc pollution sources in the los cerritos watershed

Zinc pollution sources in the Los Cerritos watershed

In Southern California, zinc is a difficult stormwater pollutant to mitigate. Many vehicle tires contain zinc, which gets transferred onto asphalt while driving. In metropolitan settings, traffic congestion leads to extra braking and idling, allowing more zinc to accumulate. During first flush or any rainfall event, the pollutant is picked up and discharged into the...

how competing los angeles river revitalization plans will affect surrounding communities

How competing Los Angeles River revitalization plans will affect surrounding communities

In 2007, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released the city’s master plan to revitalize the Los Angeles River. Today, the concrete channel is seeing an influx of investment aimed at transforming the concrete flood channel. Many disparate stakeholders have an interest in the river’s future — their competing visions and interests have emerged as one...

In the News

Headline

2.7.2019

Ursula Heise & Brad Shaffer in Voice of America

Ursula K. Heise is the Marcia H. Howard Chair in Literary Studies at the Department of English and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. Brad Shaffer is the UCLA La Kretz Center Director and Distinguished Professor. In this article: “Is the Urban Jungle the Answer to Helping Some Endangered Species?” Heise and Shaffer...


Headline

11.1.2018

To Save Endangered Species, Should We Bring Them Into Our Cities?

Some ecologists believe our best chance to preserve biodiversity is to introduce non-native species to cities—but others warn of unintended consequences. Brad Shaffer and Ursula Heise argue for cities as biodiversity havens for endangered species.


Headline

10.12.2018

Green Gentrification, Jon Christensen in LA Times

Concerns about gentrification in Los Angeles have reached the point where it’s not just art galleries and coffee shops that trigger alarm bells — parks and bicycle paths are in the crosshairs. Things are so bad that a proposal to improve bike safety and pedestrian access to parks along the Los Angeles River was recently...

Video

From Farms to Cities: Percolating New Ideas for Water Security

Sustainable Conservation a non-profit and IoES practicum client partner produced this video from an event held Sept 6, 2017 Following winter rains that pummeled the state, it’s easy for California’s five-year drought to recede in our memories. Resisting that amnesia is essential to our Golden State’s water future. We will explore how farms and cities...