FIELD LAB SITES

The FEW Management in Urban Systems Field Lab sites will offer trainees a first-hand look at complex connections between food, energy, water, and the environment, encompassing scientific and social factors in a large urban system like Los Angeles and the UCLA campus. Issues such as biodiversity loss, nutrient cycling, land conversion, climate change, sustainable energy technologies, chemical pollution, fresh water quality and quantity, equitable access to healthy food, and dietary trends will be discussed. Concepts associated with FEWS economics and policies, featuring a broad set of techniques for evaluating emerging food, energy, and water technologies at different scales from the perspectives of ecological, economic, and social sustainability, will be evaluated. A description of each site visit for our upcoming field lab course can be found below:

 
 
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UCLA Sustainability FACILITIES

Walking tour of the UCLA cogeneration chiller facility, storm water capture, and hydroponics with Bonny Bentzin, UCLA Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer.

 
 
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WATTS COMMUNITY HEALING TECH GARDEN

Volunteer at the garden and learn about the only urban gardening program building community, utilizing clean technologies to grow, while providing food for people of all socio-economic status from Venice to Watts.

 
 
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PORT OF LOS ANGELES

Boat tour of the busiest container port in the nation with its record-setting cargo operations and groundbreaking environmental initiatives.

 
 
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LOS ANGELES CLEANTECH INCUBATOR (LACI)

Non-profit organization in partnership with public, private and educational sectors to provide a space where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and policymakers can collaborate, promote and support the development of clean technologies and LA’s innovation economy.

 
 
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Chevron refinery in el segundo

First hand look into the facility’s operations and a chance to speak with the refinery’s executive group.

 
 
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Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant

Tour the plant and notice all the treatment processes at the plants designed to separate solids from water, and to turn solids into energy resources, soil amendments and fertilizer.

 
 
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LOS Angeles department of water and power (LADWP) Aqueduct filtration plant

Observe the water treatment process: screening, fluoridation, ozonation, flocculation, filtration, UV disinfection, and chloramination.