Photo credit: Scott Sady/
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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.

UCLA selected for national environmental campaign
The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability was selected to help improve public health data and research as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) University Challenge. IoES’ project seeks to advance the knowledge, use, and understanding of TRI data to promote more informed decision-making and action on the part of communities and manufacturers.

UCLA report urges new global policy effort to tackle crisis of plastic litter in oceans
Researchers from the School of Law’s Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment worked with IoES scientists on the comprehensive study.

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.

UCLA student researchers find thriving landscape for urban agriculture in Los Angeles County
The interactive report is the first comprehensive look at farms, nurseries, and gardens in L.A.

Unraveling ties to petroleum: How policy drives California’s demand for oil
A new study co-authored by IoES’ Stephanie Pincetl highlights the connection between seemingly unconnected policies and the Golden State’s demand for oil.

UCLA climate study predicts dramatic loss in local snowfall
Climate scientist Alex Hall’s groundbreaking research reveals that Southern California may lose 30 to 40 percent of annual snowfall by midcentury.

New UCLA study finds Gold Line and Orange Line produce less smog and fewer greenhouse gases in both near- and far-term
Research by the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA shows bus services produce less smog and greenhouse gases than the average auto driven in L.A. County.

UCLA study shows warming in central China greater than most climate models indicated
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, and IoES Assistant Professor Aradhna Tripati contributed to new findings that show temperatures are rising over time in China.

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.

A quarter of Angelenos breathe noxious freeway pollutants every morning
Research led by Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and IoES Professor Suzanne Paulson, conducted in collaboration with School of Public Health and IoES Professor Emeritus Arthur Winer, was published in science journal Atmospheric Environment.

Leveraging SmartMeter Technology to Reduce Energy Consumption
A research proposal initiated by IoES and Anderson School of Management’s Magali Delmas received $25,000 from the UCLA Transdisciplinary Seed Grant program.

Magali Delmas gets $447,000 NSF grant for energy-conservation research
The IoES and Anderson School of Management professor received a $446,912 grant from the National Science Foundation for her ongoing research tracking energy use in individual homes and testing what motivates people to reduce their power usage.

Scientists decode genome of painted turtle, revealing clues to extraordinary adaptations
A study led by Professor Brad Shaffer, a conservation biologist with joint appointments at the IoES and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, was published in Genome Biology on March 28.

UCLA center creates first interactive electricity-use map of Los Angeles
Researchers at the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA designed the web-based map, which will raise the energy data curtain and help track energy usage throughout the L.A. region.

Predicting hotspots for future flu outbreaks
The Center for Tropical Research released new findings that aim to figure out where the influenza virus will strike.

UCLA La Kretz Center opens new headquarters for conservation science
UCLA’s La Kretz Center Field Station opened on Jan. 22, in the Santa Monica Mountains, providing a new headquarters and center of operations for the university’s La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science.