Topical Tag: Urban Issues

The Magazine

Understanding cities as more than just things

With human impacts thus concentrated, you might expect urban areas to be a focal point of environmental research. That hasn’t always been the case, said Stephanie Pincetl, director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA. In her recent paper titled “Cities in the Age of the Anthropocene: Climate change agents and the potential...


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Big Coupled Data for Sustainable Urban Systems: Examples from Los Angeles

International Society for Industrial Ecology Webinar


In an era where cities are actively developing urban sustainability goals, too often, the right kinds of “Big Data” are not adequately gathered to guide new programs and policies. Dr. Stephanie Pincetl, Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, is using Big Data to better understand building energy use and water management in Los Angeles County to...


Robert Cudd, MPP

Research Analyst

California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA

Asma Mahdi

Guest writer & communications manager for Sustainable L.A. Grand Challenge

Sustainable L.A. Grand Challenge

Neil Berg

Associate Director, Science

Center for Climate Science

Greg Jesmok

Undergraduate student


Assessment and Revitalization of the Boneyard at Sage Hill for Mixed Use Purposes

The Boneyard at Sagehill The Urban Nature Laboratory team will be focusing on three main objectives this year. Firstly, we will be conducting research and reaching out to other institutions and facilities to develop improvement and management strategies for the Sagehill/Boneyard site. Secondly, we will conduct surveys and interviews of targeted faculty members, staff, and students to gauge how...


Evaluating the Effects of Turf-Replacement Programs in Los Angeles County

Stephanie Pincetl, Thomas W. Gillespie, Diane Pataki, Erik Porse, Shenyue Jia, Erika Kidera, Nick Nobles, Janet Rodriguez, Dong-ha Choi

Progress Report | 2017

In the News



An ‘atmospheric river’ is set to soak much of California

Mercury News included information from IoES climate scientist Daniel Swain’s weather blog in their article discussing the upcoming March storm, which could be the biggest storm of the year for Southern California.



Evacuations issued as largest storm of season heads toward Ventura County, Thomas Fire area

Daniel Swain, IoES climate scientist, spoke with the Ventura County Star; “These are the areas we know already are very vulnerable during intense precipitation but this also, unfortunately, happens to be the region that looks like it will be hardest hit by this storm.”



Making Los Angeles completely water self-sufficient won’t be easy or cheap. But it can be done

Mark Gold, associate vice chancellor of environment and sustainability at UCLA, leader of the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, and IoES faculty member contributed an opinion piece to the LA Times.


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...