Rediscover UCLA

On November 20, 2010, the UCLA Foundation hosted Rediscover UCLA—an event highlighting the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES). The UCLA Foundation is the giving, receiving and investing arm of the University and allows donors to help build, sustain and advance UCLA’s academic and research efforts.


Donors, along with UCLA’s academic and administrative leadership and members of campus boards and councils, were in attendance.

UCLA Foundation Chair Maurice Salter gave the welcoming address, spotlighting this unique opportunity to share insights from UCLA scholars and leaders with the community.

The lecture portion of the event commenced with a presentation from IoES Director Glen MacDonald on “Opportunities and Costs: Climate Change, the Environment and California’s Economy." Next, IoES Professor Matt Kahn spoke about the relationship between economics and the environment and how entrepreneurialism will help us not only adapt, but thrive in the face of climate change catastrophes.

Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board and former director of the IoES, talked about the significance of California’s global warming legislation and how our state can be a model for environmental protection policy.

IoES Advisory Board Chair Tony Pritzker delivered the final presentation, touching on UCLA’s record of achievement and why it is important to support the University’s initiatives.


After a thought-provoking question and answer session with the panelists, guests proceeded to a formal dinner at the UCLA Anderson School Executive Dining Hall. Professor Raymond Knapp from UCLA’s Musicology Department provided an introduction to the evening’s UCLA Live performance.

The event concluded at Royce Hall with a performance by the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra, featuring Menahem Pressler and Richard Stoltzman, two of chamber music’s most acclaimed musicians.

To see Glen MacDonald’s "Climate Change Challenges: Next Generation Solutions" presentation click here.

To view images from the event click here.