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.”
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.
UCLA TDG is pleased to invite you to Technologies for a Sustainable Future - UCLA Innovations on Tuesday October 30th from 3:30pm to 7pm in CNSI.
"No writer has better understood the mix of fear and possibility, peril and exuberance that's marked this new millennium." —Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org
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
All graduate students interested in environmental sustainability and energy are invited to a free, cross-campus reception.
Learn about campus environmental organizations, student resources, jobs and other funding opportunities.
Make connections with your peers.
Enjoy free food and refreshments.
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
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.
Mexico City, Tokyo, and Shanghai—megacities with populations of more than 20 million and with unique infrastructures—have in recent years all made pledges toward total sustainability. Experts discuss how Los Angeles can learn from the triumphs and struggles of these mega metropolises.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reinventing Power: America's Clean Energy Boom takes us across the country to hear directly from the people making our clean energy future achievable. These individuals are working to rebuild what's broken, rethink what's possible, and revitalize communities.
Their stories are proof that America does not need to choose between keeping our lights on and protecting our communities.
Over the film's 50 minutes, you and your guests will meet people in eight states whose lives were changed by the renewable energy industry while exploring various aspects of the clean energy industry from innovation to installation.
Please join us for our annual Environmental Professionals Career Options Roundtable
May 31st, 5-7pm in the La Kretz Garden Pavilion Classrooms
Wondering what environmental career options you might pursue? Meet environmental professionals from the Association for Environmental Professionals (AEP) in an informal speed-networking format. Experienced professionals will speak about their current position and the path they took to get there. Please join us!
Join UCLA Tech on May 24th for the next UCLA Tech Talk, where Michael Roberts, Executive Director of the Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy at UCLA School of Law, will sit down to discuss the future of food with Ethan Brown, Founder & CEO of Beyond Meat, creators of The Beyond Burger, the first plant-based meat to be sold alongside beef, poultry, and pork in the meat section of the grocery store.
Submit nominations by April 27th, 5 pm
RSVP by Friday, May 11th
L.A. County’s plan to shift its entire bus fleet to electric by 2030 is leading the way for a decarbonized transportation future. Río Oxas of Multicultural Communities for Mobility, John Jones III of East Side Riders bike club, and urban planning professor Brian Taylor of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and the Institute of Transportation Studies at UCLA discuss how to create decarbonized urban pathways and infrastructure that enhance access for pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, and mass transit riders alike. Moderated by Jay Kim, Assistant General Manager of Mobility Management, Los Angeles Department of Transportation.
Animation and Environment: A Conversation with the Creator of Wall-E, Finding Nemo, and A Bug’s Life (Oppenheim Lecture)
What narratives can animation share about our environment?
Andrew Stanton of Pixar Studios, creator and director of Academy Award-winning animated films, joins Ursula K. Heise, Professor of English and co-founder of UCLA’s Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS), for a conversation about animated film as a vibrant and popular medium of environmental communication.
Image from Wall-E by Pixar Animation Studios.