LA’s New Abnormal: Mega-Wildfires
Feb
6
5:30 PM17:30

LA’s New Abnormal: Mega-Wildfires

The Nature Conservancy and UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES) invite you to LA’s New Abnormal: Mega-Wildfires Reception and Discussion

Seemingly every year, California breaks some record for devastation with a new wildfire. The Woolsey fire was the worst the Malibu area has ever seen, and it has been 100 years since there has been a wildfire anywhere in the US as deadly as Northern California’s Camp Fire. Is this new abnormal something we just have to learn to live with, or are there actions to be taken that could reduce wildfire hazard both immediately, and more profoundly over a 10 to 20-year span?

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2019 Night of Ideas: "Facing our Time"
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

2019 Night of Ideas: "Facing our Time"

  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Night of Ideas, a French embassy program, has multi-city participation around the world. This year, it will converge in Los Angeles with the “First Fridays” cycle of Natural History Museum LA (NHMLA) for a dynamic all-night program designed to resonate with the 2019 worldwide theme "Facing our Time.” 

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Science Policy Group at UCLA: Science and the U.S. Government Shutdown
Jan
31
5:30 PM17:30

Science Policy Group at UCLA: Science and the U.S. Government Shutdown

  • Gonda Neuroscience and Genetics Research Center, Conference Room 1357 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the Science Policy Group at UCLA for our first event of the quarter! We will discuss the recent government shutdown and its implications on science in the U.S., including impacts on scientists, the NIH, FDA inspections, the environment, and more. Free pizza included!

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2019 Cleantech Open Global Forum
Jan
29
8:30 AM08:30

2019 Cleantech Open Global Forum

Join us at the CTO Global Forum in Los Angeles, January 28-29. Meet nearly 100 startups driving innovation in environmental and sustainable technologies in areas ranging from energy, agriculture, water, transportation, and smart cities. We anticipate an audience of over 400 industry insiders. It will be a great opportunity to make new connections in the burgeoning Los Angeles cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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Street Plants: Wild Flora of Los Angeles
Jan
17
4:30 PM16:30

Street Plants: Wild Flora of Los Angeles

Cities may seem to be solely the work of humans—right down to the urban landscape of street trees, ornamental plantings, and manicured lawns that were put in place by human hands. But wild plants spread through the landscape without any human help, forming a ubiquitous botanical backdrop that exists at the fringes of most concepts of nature. Join Evan Meyer, Assistant Director of the UCLA Botanical Garden, for a discussion of the wild flora of inner-city Los Angeles. This program is co-presented by LENS: Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies.

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Waste Awareness Week
Jan
14
to Jan 18

Waste Awareness Week

Waste Awareness Week is a week-long sustainability event that specifically tackles the impact of waste mismanagement on the environment. The Renewable Energy Association at UCLA, along with a number of sustainability, environmental justice, food insecurity, and artistic organizations, are collaborating to create a number of events that:

  • Expose students to the gravity and scale of the global waste crisis.

  • Discuss the various social, economic infrastructural and environmental causes and consequences of the crisis.

  • Empower students to make informed decisions and lifestyle changes that can mitigate this crisis.

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Net Zero Forum
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

Net Zero Forum

  • UCLA Engineering Boelter Penthouse (map)
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The Renewable Energy Association at UCLA is excited to hold its first ever Net Zero Forum! The term net zero refers to the initiative taken by many businesses, companies, organizations, and communities to systematically reduce their water, energy, and waste footprints.

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Hot! Hot! Hot!
Nov
14
7:30 PM19:30

Hot! Hot! Hot!

Hotter, drier summers and winters, which mean longer fire seasons and increasingly poor air quality, are already a stark reality for Angelenos. By 2050, Los Angeles will only become hotter. Researchers at UCLA as well as the city and county of Los Angeles are taking steps toward designing healthier communities by setting ambitious sustainability targets. Moderated by Mark Gold.

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Electrifying Transportation in SoCal: Opportunities & Challenges for 2030
Oct
17
9:00 AM09:00

Electrifying Transportation in SoCal: Opportunities & Challenges for 2030

  • Southern California Assocation of Governments (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join LARC as we explore the mobility shift in our region with top experts in the field.

Sponsor: Edison International

Partners: UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, Southern California Association of Governments & Los Angeles County

We will discuss:

  • Electric Vehicles & the Southern California Mobility Shift

  • Innovative Electric Vehicle Case Studies for Southern California

  • Trasnportation Electrification & Frontline Communities

  • Governor's Office & State Legislature Keynote

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In Conversation: Allegra Fuller Snyder with David McConville
Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

In Conversation: Allegra Fuller Snyder with David McConville

Join Allegra Fuller Snyder, Buckminster Fuller's daughter and Founder of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, and its current Board President David McConville for a special conversation about Fuller, his legacy and the ongoing projects of the Buckminster Fuller Institute. Co-organized by the Buckminster Fuller Institute

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CANCELLED: Birkha Bawari: A 21st Century Step Well in India
Oct
10
12:00 PM12:00

CANCELLED: Birkha Bawari: A 21st Century Step Well in India

Step-wells, subterranean aqua-structures, were an integral part of Indian communities from 2nd century A.D. till the end of 19th century. Relegated to history in favor of canal and piped water-supply, these exquisite step-wells were gradually abandoned and forgotten. However, with 21st century water crises in India, the ancient wisdom of harnessing water could now be made a part of a new aqua-architecture and sustainable water network.

The speakers, architect A. Mridul and artist/entrepreneur Shipla Mridul, will talk about their project, Birkha Bawarii. It is fashioned like a step-well, designed and built in Umaid Heritage Housing Township in Jodhpur, a water-stressed city on the fringe of the Thar Desert of India. They will also talk about their efforts to replicate and expand the network, and to integrate the arts, history and culture of the region into this renewal.

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Advancing #Sustainability through Supply Chains
Oct
2
6:15 PM18:15

Advancing #Sustainability through Supply Chains

  • UCLA La Kretz Garden Pavilion/Botanical Garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The IoES Corporate Partners Program will kick off its 2018-2019 focus on sustainability in the supply chain.

Join business leaders to explore topics in supply chain sustainability. An increasingly integral part of sustainable business strategies, integrating sustainability throughout the supply chain can provide benefits for consumer transparency, emissions reductions, and overall efficiency gains.

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Thomas T K Zung: The Dymaxion World of Buckminster Fuller
Sep
22
3:00 PM15:00

Thomas T K Zung: The Dymaxion World of Buckminster Fuller

  • Edward Cella Art + Architecture (map)
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Join Thomas T.K. Zung, partner of Buckminster Fuller, Sadao & Zung Architects for an illustrated talk on Fuller’s life and work. Zung is uniquely positioned as a student, collaborator, and partner of Fuller and author/editor of Buckminster Fuller, Anthology for the Millennium, a new volume on Fuller’s legacy. He will sign copies of his book afterward.

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2018 @LACIncubator #Energy Innovation Forum
Sep
19
1:30 PM13:30

2018 @LACIncubator #Energy Innovation Forum

  • LACI La Kretz Innovation Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The LACI Energy Innovation Forum will convene leaders from across the public and private sectors for an afternoon highlighting the Los Angeles region’s clean energy ecosystem. At the Forum, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) will share the results of their work as a local champion for the California Energy Commission’s Energy Innovation Ecosystem, showcase the clean energy startups within the Energy Innovators Program, and explore current technology trends and topics with industry experts.

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Solving California’s Water Future
Sep
18
7:30 PM19:30

Solving California’s Water Future

In order to achieve complete sustainability, Los Angeles must contend with serious finance, governance, environmental, and water management challenges. A panel of experts will discuss the impact of climate change on the city’s water supply and ways to improve long-term conservation and infrastructure, including a move toward local water.

Panelists: Adel Hagekhalil, assistant director at L.A. Sanitation; Neil Berg, associate director of science at the UCLA Center for Climate Science; and Erica Fernandez Zamora, director of organizing at the Community Water Center in the Central Valley. Moderated by Mark Gold, UCLA associate vice chancellor of environment and sustainability. 

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WiSTEM LA: A Celebration of Women Leading the Cutting Edge in STEM Fields Across L.A.
Sep
15
8:30 AM08:30

WiSTEM LA: A Celebration of Women Leading the Cutting Edge in STEM Fields Across L.A.

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Arts - Bing Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for the official launch of the Mayor's WiSTEM L.A. mentorship and networking initiative, and the new WiSTEM online platform to connect professional women in STEM fields with college women studying STEM disciplines, and build a community of advocates for gender equity in leading STEM institutions.

This event will bring together some of the most dynamic women working in STEM fields from across all of Los Angeles and feature panelists who are paving the way from healthcare to AI, and aerospace to oceanography.  

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Net Zero Conference | #NZ18
Sep
12
to Sep 14

Net Zero Conference | #NZ18

  • Net Zero 2018 Conference: Net Zero For All (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the movement,

Let's build a net zero future for everyone.

Meet the 900+ attendees and 75+ exhibitors from every sector of the building and infrastructure industry who are paving the way forward: owners, architects, engineers, contractors, utilities, non-profits, consultants, manufacturers, and higher education, government, & energy professionals.

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Global #Climate Action Summit
Sep
10
to Sep 14

Global #Climate Action Summit

The Global Climate Action Summit will bring leaders and people together from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” It will be a moment to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action.

It will also be a launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries—supported by all sectors of society—that can put the globe on track to prevent dangerous climate change and realize the historic Paris Agreement.

The decarbonization of the global economy is in sight. Transformational changes are happening across the world and across all sectors as a result of technological innovation, new and creative policies and political will at all levels.

States and regions, cities, businesses and investors are leading the charge on pushing down global emissions by 2020, setting the stage to reach net zero emissions by midcentury.​​

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#Desalination: Should salt #water play a role in our #sustainable future?
Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

#Desalination: Should salt #water play a role in our #sustainable future?

The way Los Angeles gets and uses its water is unsustainable.

Sixty percent of L.A.County’s water comes from hundreds of miles away. Obtaining and transporting trillions of gallons each year requires a lot of energy and puts enormous strain on ecosystems and human communities upstream. Meanwhile, climate change is about to up the ante. Almost two-thirds of the California’s fresh water comes from the Sierra Nevada, where the mountain snowpack acts as a natural reservoir. According to UCLA projections, that snowpack will be 64 percent smaller in 2100, as warmer temperatures melt snow sooner and cause more precipitation to fall as rain. The state’s current system of dams, reservoirs and levees aren’t ready for such a dramatic change. 

In the coming years, policymakers face important decisions about our water supply. What models will ensure a healthy and sustainable future? L.A. borders the largest body of water on Earth, but are the Pacific Ocean’s salty waters a viable resource? 

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The Green Bundle: Pairing the market with the planet
Aug
16
7:30 PM19:30

The Green Bundle: Pairing the market with the planet

Join UCLA environmental economist Magali A. Delmas, writer David Colgan, Environmental Media Association President & CEO Debbie Levin and Elizabeth Drake of Bonterra Organic Vineyards as we dive into specific ways companies can use the The Green Bundle’s strategies to reach a vast, largely untapped consumer market. Actor and activist Olesya Rulin will moderate the discussion.

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Women in Green Forum
Aug
16
9:00 AM09:00

Women in Green Forum

The Women In Green Forum has emerged as the premier conference series highlighting women’s impact on the environmental industry.  Join us this August 16th for the 9th annual Women In Green Forum at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Los Angeles, California.  From the White House to Fortune 500 company leaders, the Forum’s program features the environmental industry’s brightest and most innovative speakers.  Don’t miss your chance to connect one-on-one with sustainability professionals who are promoting women’s leadership across the environmental industry and building a better world where both genders have equal access to and are involved in leadership and decision-making.

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Environmental Equity @UCLAIoES @sustainUCLA
Jul
25
7:30 PM19:30

Environmental Equity @UCLAIoES @sustainUCLA

Environmental issues often disproportionately affect racial minority and low-income communities, putting those populations in greater danger of health risks. Angelo Logan, cofounder of Eastside Yard Communities for Environmental Justice and the campaign director of the Moving Forward Network; Gladys Limón, executive director of the California Environmental Justice Alliance; and Paul Ong, Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning, Social Welfare and Asian American Studies at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, discuss the multitude of factors at play in making environmental justice in Los Angeles more equitable across diverse communities. Moderated by Joe Lyou, president and CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air.

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LoopTransPort 2018: 1st HARP International Conference on Hyperloop and Related Technologies
Jul
23
to Jul 24

LoopTransPort 2018: 1st HARP International Conference on Hyperloop and Related Technologies

The Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership invites you to the “1st HARP International Conference on Hyperloop Transportation and Related Technologies” to be held at the University of California, Los Angeles, California, on July 23rd and July 24th, 2018.

LoopTransPort 2018 will be the first premier conference on all aspects of the future of Hyperloop transportation. The main goal is to initiate and facilitate communication between scientists with expertise in areas related to the Hyperloop technology advancement.

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California and L.A. at the Forefront of Subnational Climate Leadership
Jul
12
10:00 AM10:00

California and L.A. at the Forefront of Subnational Climate Leadership

More nimble than their national counterparts, subnational actors - cities, states, businesses, universities, NGOs - are leading the way in the fight against climate change. Among these actors, California has consistently been a recognized subnational leader in the United States and internationally, both before the planned US exit from the Paris agreement and even more so since.

At the city level, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has positioned the city to lead from the front, co-founding the Mayor’s National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) and taking an active part in key international initiatives and groups. Los Angeles has also placed sustainability at the forefront of the Summer Olympics 2028 to host the first ever “Energy Positive Games”. Broad, ambitious vision becomes reality through the collective bottom-up initiatives and actions of subnational players.

This event will convene two panels of experts to explore how the City of Los Angeles and the State of California can maintain their leadership in climate action and serve as a model for other cities and states around the world. 

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99% Preservation and 1% Densification: A Case for Urban Density along the Wilshire Corridor
Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

99% Preservation and 1% Densification: A Case for Urban Density along the Wilshire Corridor

Architects Thom Mayne and Eui-Sung Yi of the Now Institute and Morphosis Architecture present a proposal for a high-density, interconnected urban community along L.A.’s iconic Wilshire Corridor. The plan accommodates the city’s anticipated population increase—1.5 million people by 2050—by densifying less than one percent of its land. Comparing Wilshire Boulevard to major streets in other global metropolises, including Barcelona’s Avenida Diagonal and New York’s Broadway, they model real-world responses to growth and transformation that offer more sustainable strategies for Los Angeles. Moderated by Mark Gold, UCLA associate vice chancellor of environment and sustainability.

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Toward Zero-Emission Freight at Southern California's Ports: Prospects, Pitfalls & Policy Needs
Jun
8
9:30 AM09:30

Toward Zero-Emission Freight at Southern California's Ports: Prospects, Pitfalls & Policy Needs

Achieving the vision for clean air at the ports by 2030 requires answers to several important questions: What are the prospects and potential for various zero-emission technologies – including battery electrification – to reduce pollution? How can finance, permitting and community engagement support the transition to cleaner fuels? What new policy and industry actions are needed for cost-effective deployment? This conference will discuss these and other issues that industry, government and civil society leaders must address to reach zero emissions goods movement at the ports.

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