The State of the Commute report, published by UCLA Transportation, showed how hybrid and remote work arrangements benefitted campus and commuters in 2021.
Last year, even with the return to in-person instruction, only 28% of commuters were solo drivers. This was the lowest-ever rate and helped keep UCLA’s greenhouse gas emissions at historically low levels.
The world’s smallest marine mammal is on the brink of extinction. However, despite 10 or fewer vaquita porpoises living in Mexico’s Gulf of California — their only habitat — the species could still miraculously recover. Genetic analysis conducted by a team of UCLA biologists and their colleagues found that vaquita porpoises remain relatively healthy and are not doomed to extinction via harms related to inbreeding.
Brad Shaffer, member of the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC) Faculty Advisory Cabinet and a frequent SLA GC collaborator, was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, Shaffer is also the director of the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science.
UCLA’s new sustainability plan features a series of initiatives which bridge faculty scholarship and research, campus operations and community engagement. Specific areas of focus include transportation, climate, food systems, water and waste management. In addition, the plan highlighted the intersectionality of public and human health and began the work to ensure equity, diversity, inclusion and justice are fully integrated into campus sustainability policies and programs.
A new study co-authored by UCLA researchers showed that while California spends $1 billion per year on programs subsidizing energy-efficiency programs, most have not resulted in energy savings. In fact, many led to increased consumption.
Marilyn Raphael is a world-renowned environmental leader, climate scientist and the director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She was recently interviewed about environmental optimism at UCLA and beyond.
Congestion pricing is viewed as the gold standard policy for managing traffic on freeways and highways. This approach involves charging drivers tolls when they use a road, with prices increasing during the busiest times such as morning and evening rush hours. The intention is to discourage drivers from using their own cars and instead use alternative transportation options. However, congestion pricing does come with concerns related to equity for low-income drivers.
New research co-authored by Daniel Swain, a UCLA climate scientist, projected that climate change will lead to increased debris flows, mudslides and flash floods within wildfire burn areas. This is due to the combination of higher temperatures, low humidity and both wet and dry precipitation extremes.
The new mural, “La Memoria de la Tierra: UCLA” or “The Memory of Earth: UCLA,” was unveiled on April 1, 2022. Located on the north side of Ackerman Union, this art was the result of three years of work by Judith Baca, UCLA professor emeritus of Chicana and Chicano and Central American studies.
Plant-based meat options tout lower impacts to the environment than their traditional meat counterparts. This is through improvement in land management via decreased deforestation, as well as less agricultural resources being used to farm unsustainable crops intended for livestock feeding. Making the switch can also directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.