Microbeads are often mistaken for food sources by fish, which digest them along with the toxins that they carry | Photo: 5 Gyres

Microbeads: Water’s Tiny Trash Problem

Originally posted by KCET’s “SoCal Connected” It’s a new kind of plastic that is too small to recycle and too tiny to filter out of our waste water. They are called microbeads. Thousands of them are put into skin cleansers, … Continued


Taking on Water

UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Hammer Museum partner to present a year-long series of public programs about water



IoES in the news and quotable

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Water crisis — Survival of the wettest

Water. We can’t live without it. California is in one of the worst droughts in years. And sea levels are rising as fresh water supplies disappear. Are we facing a global crisis – or just a local problem? In this … Continued

La Kretz Hall


IoES in the news and quotable.



IoES in the news and quotable


In Memoriam: Dr. Pankaj Parekh, leader in water quality

Dr. Pankaj Parekh earned his doctorate from the Environmental Science and Engineering Program in 1984. As Director of Water Quality for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), he was in charge of clean drinking water for over four-million … Continued


Sustaining L.A.

UCLA Magazine profile on Bruin alumnus, environmental advocate, and IoES Associate Director Mark Gold.

Surveying H2O in Southern California

Stephanie Pincetl, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability, speaks about her continued work to map the different organizations and entities that control water in Los Angeles.


Can We Ensure the Future of Water?

The UCLA Water Resources Group, founded by the IoES, works with environmental organizations and government agencies to improve water management in Los Angeles.


California beaches are eroding

Tony Orme, professor emeritus of geography and geology & UC White Mountain Research Center director, was interviewed on KPCC about efforts to replenish beach sand lost to development and other human activities along California’s coastline.


Sustainability: Water – Los Angeles & Water Imports

California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA Director Stephanie Pincetl and IoES Associate Director Mark Gold are featured in an NBC Learn video about Southern California’s water resources.


L.A.’s new groundwater treatment center

IoES Associate Director Mark Gold was interviewed on KNX-1070 AM about the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s plan to build the world’s largest groundwater treatment center over a Superfund pollution site in the San Fernando Valley.

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