Earth Week Adventures

By Danielle Griffin

We didn't have any interviews last week, but that doesn’t mean we were idle! On Tuesday we attended "Thriving in a Hotter L.A.: Turning Los Angeles into a Global Model for Urban Sustainability", an event put on by Women & Philanthropy at UCLA and the IOES. It featured a panel of women at UCLA from a variety of backgrounds. They discussed the Grand Challenges initiative and their related research. The questions presented were similar to those we use in our interviews with professors, which was convenient given that all the women are on our list of professors we have interviewed. The panel was composed of Hilary Godwin from Environmental Health Sciences; Cara Horowitz from Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at the law school; Stephanie Pincetl from the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA; and Aradhna Tripati from the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences.

The next day we tabled at the Earth Day Fair. We asked people to write on a piece of plexiglass how they believe UCLA and Los Angeles could be more sustainable given a set of categories. Our categories were Energy, Water, Green Space, Transit, and Other. Examples of ideas that people wrote down were to stop cleaning the cement to save water, to implement green roofs to reduce runoff and to increase natural lighting as a means of using less energy.

In terms of signing up professors for interviews, we have taken to going to professors’ offices to see if we can get them to sign up for an interview on the spot. As of today, we have either interviewed or have signed up to interview 29 out of the 55 professors that are interested in participating in the Grand Challenge and who do research on water, energy, or policy.

Ways in which UCLA and Los Angeles can improve upon sustainability initiatives, according to Earth Day Fair attendees.

Ways in which UCLA and Los Angeles can improve upon sustainability initiatives, according to Earth Day Fair attendees.