From the UCLA Environment Newsroom

California Drought Photo

How Los Angeles is surviving California’s drought

UCLA Water Resources Group Director Madelyn Glickfeld was quoted in a Time article about the dangers of draining reservoirs during a drought and the opportunities that the current drought brings to improve water efficiency in Southern California.


Severe California drought draining finances

Glen MacDonald, director of the IoES and professor of geography and ecology and evolutionary biology, was interviewed on NBC’s “Nightly News” about the historical significance and potential impact of the current drought emergency in California.


Time to Adapt

Essay by Center for Climate Change Solutions Director Alex Hall.

UCLA Volunteer Day

Outreach Highlights 2013

During the academic year IoES hosts or co-sponsors close to 100 events on- and off-campus. Seminars, conferences, and documentary screenings allow us to bring in experts and engage with the community on critical environment and sustainability issues.

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Research Highlights 2013

In 2013 research teams at the institute received close to $10 million in funding for studies on education and conservation in Central Africa, advanced energy metering technology, urban ecosystem services, restoration and management of coastal wetlands, and smart water systems and technology.

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Spotlight on the IoES

We drive interdisciplinary environment and sustainability initiatives on campus. UCLA and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability were saluted in the Princeton Review 2014 Green Honor Roll and Sierra Club Cool Schools 2013 rankings. The university tied for first … Continued


Silver Lining to ‘Greywater’

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and IoES Professor Yoram Cohen and engineering graduate student Zita Yu are developing ‘vertical wetlands’ to ease water use.


How diet affects an animal’s chance of becoming roadkill

The Week reported on Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Chair and IoES Professor Dan Blumstein and former student Taylor Cook’s paper, “The omnivores dilemma: Diet explains variation in vulnerability to vehicle collision.”


Sustainable Spark

Environmental Science alumna Vanessa Goh converts a class project into a career.


Science Story

UCLA’s Alex Hall and Jon Christensen appeared with IoES Board member and filmmaker Lawrence Bender on HuffPostLive’s Nerd Forum with Josh Zepps.


New Bruins on the Block

Meet brand-new additions to the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability student roster.


Yosemite fire puts San Francisco on the front lines

The San Francisco Chronicle featured an op-ed by IoES Director Glen MacDonald about the Rim Fire currently burning in Yosemite, climate change, and what cities can do in the future to lessen the impact of major wildfires.


Preserving Cameroon’s treasures

The Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Center for Tropical Research Director Tom Smith about the country’s conservation challenges and actions needed to protect the region’s natural resources.


UCLA selected for national environmental campaign

The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability has been chosen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help find innovative ways to increase public awareness of toxic chemical releases.


DWP to build groundwater treatment plants on Superfund site

IoES Associate Director Mark Gold is quoted in a L.A. Times article about the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s plans to construct facilities that will restore pumping of drinking water from scores of contaminated San Fernando Valley wells.


Q&A with Susanna Hecht about her new book

On June 4 the IoES and UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs will host a book release and signing for Urban Planning professor Susanna Hecht to debut “The Scramble for the Amazon and the Lost Paradise of Euclides da Cunha.”


New book analyzes climate changes threats for Southwest U.S.

A hotter future is projected for the Southwestern United States, and the anticipated threats unique to the region are detailed in a landmark report released May 2, with contributions from two experts at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.


Aquatic Academy isn’t kid stuff

The New York Times highlighted an Aquarium of the Pacific special lecture series featuring climate change experts, including IoES Director Glen MacDonald.


The Financial Implications of Going Green

The Institute’s Corporate Partners Program, in collaboration with the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Fink Center for Finance & Investments, hosted a symposium on the economics of environmental corporate practices on Jan. 16 at Korn Convocation Hall.


What Should the Anthropocene Look Like?

Writer Keith Kloor referenced his guest lecture engagement for the Institute’s environmental communications course in his Discover magazine Collide-a-Scape blog.

New UCLA Field Station to Bring More Research to Local Mountains

The Calabasas Patch covered the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science Field Station.The field station will serve as a new headquarters for the La Kretz Center in partnership with the NPS, California State Parks and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.


Save a Marmot: Send Blankets to Colorado

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Chair and IoES Professor Dan Blumstein authored a blog for the Huffington Post about how the environment influences animal behavior.


A sustainability plan for L.A.

Coverage of the new report by the IoES and UCLA Law School’s Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment and Evan Frankel Environmental Law and Policy Program.


Green guidance

The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability welcomes six new members to its Board of Advisors.


Great Extirpations

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Director and paleoecologist Glen MacDonald’s research is featured in Natural History Magazine.



Institute of the Environment and Sustainability media coverage.


California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

School of Law and IoES Professor Ann Carlson was interviewed by San Francisco’s KCBS-AM about the revenue-raising potential of California’s “cap-and-trade” system, which is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Can dumping iron into the sea flight climate change?

School of Law Professor and IoES Affiliate Ted Parson was interviewed on National Public Radio about a British Columbia town using iron sulfate to increase the population of plankton, which capture greenhouse gases that are detrimental to marine life.


Why Data Matter

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Chair and IoES Professor Dan Blumstein authored a blog for the Huffington Post Science section.


Sustainable Storytelling

The Education for Sustainable Living Program hosts seminars and screenings on sustainability issues.


Green in Gear

The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability adds the Doctor of Environmental Science and Engineering (D.Env.) as a fifth academic program.


UCLA to go ‘zero waste’ by 2020

UCLA encouraged Bruins to preserve the environment at its 5th annual Sustainability Fair on Oct. 24th and it’s not just empty talk: The university’s waste-reduction strategy saved 20,500 tons of waste from the landfill this year.


Minor Accomplishment

Among the 83 minors offered by UCLA is a specialization directed by the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.


Carmageddon improved air quality

Coverage of the new study by IoES’ Suzanne Paulson, professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and Yifang Zhu, associate professor of environmental health sciences.


Improved health through urban design

Environmental Health Sciences Chair and IoES Professor Dr. Richard Jackson was interviewed on Public Radio International’s “Living on Earth” about his research examining the links between public health and the design of cities.


Bobcat tales

Latest press on Center for Tropical Research doctoral candidate Laurel Serieys’ urban carnivore research.


Baldwin Lake gets the paleo treatment

Big Bear Grizzly highlighted research on the paleoclimatic history of Southern California by IoES Director Glen MacDonald and Department of Geography doctoral candidate Katie Glover.


Global warming, local politics

Center for Climate Change Solutions Executive Director Paul Bunje and Faculty Director and Professor Alex Hall were quoted in an article in Colorado’s High Country News about global climate change.


SMERC in the News

Latest press about UCLA’s Smart Grid Energy Research Center, led by Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and IoES Professor Rajit Gadh


Growing threats to biodiversity ‘arks’

Center for Tropical Research Director Tom Smith participated in a study currently appearing in the journal Nature on averting biodiversity collapse in protected tropical areas.


The Vegan Campus

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Chair and IoES Professor Dan Blumstein was quoted in a UCLA Magazine article about the campus’ meatless and vegan dining options.