Environmental Issues in the 21st Century - Focus on the City of Toronto
A special discussion with Canadian Fulbright Scholar Radha Rajagopalan.
Monday, June 14, 2010
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
IoE Large Conference Room
La Kretz Hall 300-A
UCLA Institute of the Environment
This talk will cover major environmental issues of interest to Toronto and will highlight similarities with environmental issues in the Southwest including Los Angeles. Programs and policies currently being implemented by the City of Toronto will be highlighted and discussed. Finally the talk will end with the role of individual citiizens in helping to address environmental problems.
Radha Rajagopalan is originally from Toronto, Canada and is now a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at North Central College in Naperville, IL. Prior to coming to the U.S. Radha worked for the City of Toronto in the Toronto Environment Office as a Senior Research Analyst. In this capacity she worked on projects related to climate change, green purchasing, greening Toronto’s taxi fleet, updating the City’s Environmental Plan and organizing international events on water issues. Radha has worked with the Government of Ontario at the Ministry of Natural Resources where she conducted research for proposed laws and policies to protect endangered plant species. She also worked as a consultant to the Government of Alberta at Alberta Environment investigating options for promoting green jobs in the province. In addition to working for the different levels of Canadian government, Radha worked for UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) in India evaluating their Iodine Deficiency Disorders Reduction Campaign. She has many hobbies and interests including film making and has created award winning short documentary films. Radha has an honors Bachelors of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Queen’s University. She also has a Masters of Science in Urban Planning specializing in Environmental Planning, from the University of Toronto.