UCLA is a vital source for education, research and thought leadership on sustainability and the environment.

More than 400 faculty and 1,000 students from every corner of campus are actively engaged in environmental education and research. Although each campus group works toward a unique mission, we collaborate across areas of expertise to accomplish shared goals. Together we lead by example, putting cutting-edge science into action and demonstrating solutions to complex environmental problems in Los Angeles and around the world.

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

IoES is a cross-campus research institute educating the next generation of environmental leaders and moving science into action.

IoES undergraduate and graduate programs unite natural science, social science, law, public policy, and humanities to understand multidimensional environmental challenges. Students and faculty collaborate on cutting-edge research, and IoES partnerships put expertise to work with businesses, nonprofits, agencies and communities. IoES also develops new narrative, media and communication initiatives that amplify the institute’s impact and raise consciousness of environmental issues.

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Sustainable LA Grand Challenge

The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge brings together more than 200 faculty, researchers, hundreds of students, and local and state leaders to achieve one ambitious goal: Transition Los Angeles County toward 100-percent renewable energy, 100-percent local water, and enhanced ecosystem and human health by 2050.

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Emmett Institute on Climate Change
and the Environment

The Emmett Institute is the nation’s leading law school center focused on climate change and the environment. Students and faculty work on energy, water and land-use law and policy at the local, national and international levels. And through the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic, students help to represent nonprofits and other public interest clients in litigation and regulatory matters.

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Luskin Center for Innovation

The Luskin Center for Innovation is an interdisciplinary research center focused on environmental sustainability, with initiatives including advanced transportation, clean energy, climate action, and sustainable water. The center conducts world-class research to inform real-world policy and partners with civic leaders in federal, state and local agencies as well as with nonprofit organizations and business associations. Based in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, the center teams with scholars and students from across UCLA and the broader UC system.

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Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

COEH is one of three centers created in 1978 by legislation that mandated that the State of California establish education, research and service programs in occupational health. In 1990, COEH expanded its scope to address environmental health. Housed within UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, the School of Nursing and the David Geffen School of Medicine, the center’s education and research serve government, industry, schools, health professionals and the general public. Areas of expertise include health risks in the workplace, pesticides and other toxic chemicals, the impact of built environments, air pollution, and more. COEH also facilitates seminars, symposia, and training.

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UCLA Sustainability

UCLA’s campus is a testing ground for sustainability, where we put new ideas, technologies and policies into action.

The Sustainability Committee and the Office of Sustainability act as a nexus, connecting faculty, students and staff across academics, operations and engagement. Together we work toward ambitious campus goals, including zero waste to landfill and 20-percent sustainable food by 2020, and carbon neutrality and 36-percent potable water reduction by 2025.

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