September 26, 2018 10:00 pm / 11:00 pm
CHS 43-105 — UCLA Center for Health Sciences
Can the Megacity of Los Angeles Become Sustainable by 2050?
Mark Gold, D.Env.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability, Sustainable LA Grand Challenge
About the lecture: In 2013, Chancellor Block launched the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge: Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles by 2050. The stated goal of the effort is to complete the multidisciplinary research needed to develop a roadmap to achieve 100% renewable energy, 100% local water and enhanced ecosystem and environmental health by 2050. To date, over 45 research projects and over 75 faculty have worked on Sustainable LA research projects. In addition, a Leadership Council was formed, chaired by Chancellor Block and Mayor Eric Garcetti, to focus on making the megacity of LA sustainable. Other members of the committee include Supervisors Kuehl and Solis, Senator De Leon, Speaker Rendon, CARB chair – Mary Nichols, State Water Board chair – Felicia Marcus and many other business, academic and government leaders. The talk will focus on research progress to date in the three critical areas, and how the research has informed public policy in the region and the state.
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About the speaker: Professor Mark Gold is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. His research focuses on integrated water management, coastal resource management, and urban sustainability. He is spearheading UCLA’s first ever Grand Challenge: Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles by 2050: a Path to 100% Renewable Energy, 100% Local Water and Enhance Ecosystem and Human Health. In addition, Mark serves on Mayor Garcetti’s Water Task Force and is a city representative on the Metropolitan Water District. Prior to working at UCLA, Mark was the President of the environmental group, Heal the Bay, for 18 years.
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