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The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability is committed to our global environment and to the top-flight research, teaching, and outreach that are needed to address issues related to climate change and other critical environmental issues in order to identify solutions, contribute to positive change, and build the foundations for a sustainable future.

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Top priorities include:

  • Climate change and the impact on society and the environment
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Making cities and corporations more sustainable
  • Protecting air and water quality
  • Improving public health

IoES unites experts across campus in various disciplines including physical and social sciences, management and economics, law and policy, art and humanities, and medicine and engineering to solve our planet's greatest problems.

The Institute's reach extends beyond research and problem solving. IoES is educating and training the next generation of environmental leadership. In just seven short years since the Environmental Science undergraduate degree officially launched, we have close to 300 majors poised for professions in the field of environmental science. IoES is also home to the Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) Program - one of the oldest and most successful applied doctoral programs in the nation.

IoES additionally maintains a successful outreach program. Our quarterly Oppenheim Lecture Series and annual La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science Lecture are hallmark events at UCLA. Environmental Science students are also actively involved in public service activities on- and off- campus.

These efforts and others contributed to UCLA earning a top spot on the Princeton Review's 2014 Green Honor Roll. To continue these successes and achieve more we need your help. IoES aspires to be the premier university focused on environmental research and education. We cannot meet this critical goal without support from the philanthropic and business community.

Giving Opportunities

Student Educational Opportunities

  • Student Scholarships - The cost of tuition at UCLA has increased dramatically over the last few years. Any donation over one thousand dollars that you can provide can be used as a scholarship for a deserving environmental science student. Every contribution counts when it comes to enabling our amazing students to get the most out of their educational opportunities.


  • $5M endowments to sustain and grow our eight research centers - Center for Tropical Research, La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science (endowed), California Center for Sustainable Communities (endowed), Coastal Center, Center for Clean Air, Center for Corporate Environmental Performance, White Mountain Research Center, and the Center for Climate Science. Donors that endow a center have the opportunity to name the center as well. For more information on the centers, please go to
  • $3-$5M in additional funding to create the Center for Integrative Development in Yaounde, Cameroon.  The proposed center would serve as the research, education, and training hub for climate change, biodiversity, public health, and sustainability in food and water for the Congo Basin Region. Gensler has donated close to $100K in in-kind architectural services to build a sustainable home for the center that includes a conference space, training facilities, and housing. This project is critical to the Center for Tropical Research's efforts to protect and preserve the World Heritage Site - the Dja Reserve - for generations to come through the United Nation's REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) program. This project has already been approved by Cameroon's government.

Education and Civic Engagement

  • $3M endowment to support projects for the Practicum in Environmental Science. Seniors form teams and undertake a year-long research project for a corporate, government, or nonprofit client. The Practicum serves as a real-world exercise and is frequently cited as the most rewarding part of students' educational experience. 
  • $2M endowment for the Environmental Science and Engineering Program to assist in attracting the best candidates with the highest potential to help maintain ESE's prestigious reputation. ESE graduates work for the government, consulting firms, and nonprofits. ESE alumni serve as deans at universities, senior staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection, and as high-level executives at corporations like the Walt Disney Company.
  • $120K to sustain and grow the Leaders in Sustainability (LiS) Graduate Certificate Program. LiS provides an opportunity for graduate students at UCLA to pursue their interests in sustainability and collaborate with others from different fields. Students choose among a diverse set of sustainability-related courses. Each student must additionally demonstrate leadership and service in an area of sustainability. Students have a positive impact on the community as they learn experientially by collaborating on projects for local businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies. In the 2012-2013 academic year LiS had almost 200 students from 27 different academic programs.
  • $75K funding for three years to support the Education for Sustainable Living Program. Students across the university join this program to make a significant contribution to campus sustainability. ESLP sponsors classes and activities and through the Action Research Team component, help green the campus through projects that focus on food systems, hospitality, and recycling, to name a few examples.
  • $5M to create the Center for Action Research. The center will provide unparalleled environmental professional experience opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students. Student research projects will occur all over the world in partnership with environmental groups like Conservation International.


  • $300K - $100K a year for three years to expand IoES' communications efforts. Funds will establish financing for short films about the Institute and enable us to extend our mission and message through traditional and new media channels.

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To find out how to get involved and make a difference please contact:

David Schlais
Associate Director of Development

$15M gift to UCLA supports research on environment, sustainability

This gift to the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability creates endowments for multiple faculty positions, the Center for Urban Sustainability, and the $100,000 Pritzker Prize in Sustainability.

UCLA Grand Challenges

UCLA Grand Challenges

"Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles" is the inaugural project.

Pritzker Fund for Environment and Sustainability Education Fellowship Winners

2011-12 Jenny Jay
2012-13 Walker Wells and Jon Christensen
2013-14 Madeline Brozen and James Bassett
2014-15 Paula Daniels, Tom Gillespie and Mike McGuire

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