Photo credit: Karen A. Lefkowitz
Photo credit: Karen A. Lefkowitz

Education Highlights 2013

Curriculum improvements and increased opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students have enhanced IoES’ academic programs. Current students excel inside and outside the classroom while alumni continue to make a difference in the world

U.S. youth delegate attends the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change summit
From November 11-22, Environmental Science alumnae Anita Raman represented the United States in Poland at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference.

New course allows students to engage campers in environmental studies
This special topics course engaged students in the development of outdoor environmental science activities for the disadvantaged youth that attend UCLA’s UniCamp.

Students’ assignment: Help Fijians get clean drinking water
A team of graduate students, including Environmental Science and Engineering doctoral candidate Michelle Thompson, is working to improve the condition of potable water and wastewater systems in Fiji.

Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering graduate selected for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project
Dr. Cara Augustenborg, a 2007 graduate from the Environmental Science and Engineering program, has become the first person in Ireland chosen to be part of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project.

Environmental Science students participate in Eco Inventor Showcase
Education for Sustainable Leadership Program Action Research Team members Emily Anderson and Joanna Wheaton presented their water conservation plan at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Spring Green Expo.

Legislators tap expertise of graduate students
Several University of California students, including Kristen Figueira, an urban planning graduate student in the Institute’s Leaders in Sustainability graduate certificate program, had the opportunity to share their expertise with California lawmakers on key policy issues like conservation and energy use.

Environmental Communications in the Anthropocene
A brand new course offered exclusively by the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability explored journalism, science communications, and new media.