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The candidates for the #PritzkerAward are here! Take a closer look at 5 of our candidates #linkinbio 🥳 These first 5 (not ranked) tap into niche markets to address environmental problems from food insecurity to eliminating hazardous chemicals used in production of synthetic clothing dyes.

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It’s that time of year! We’re proud to announce @UCLA ’s 2019 #PritzkerAward candidates! One of these emerging environmental heroes will take home $100k in November. ⠀ As the faculty committee evaluates the candidates, we’ll share their stories via the award website and social media. Stay tuned and read more in the link in the bio. . . . . 📸: 1. Sunrise Movement 2. Joe Riis 3. Ka’ila Ferrell-Smith 4. Kheyti.com 5. Coralvita.co

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Congratulations class of 2019! You did it! Check out a story on one of our graduates: Riley Griesenbeck 🎓 #linkinbio

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Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors! 🎉 #gobruins #commencement

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Art by some of our very talented students!

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Supply chain sustainability monitoring is becoming a standard component of corporate sustainability programs, allowing companies to track their global footprints. Tracking activities of various suppliers can prove a daunting task, creating a market for 3rd party services, such as EcoVadis, that help to collect and analyze supplier data for companies to forward sustainability goals. Join Daniel Perry, Global Alliances Director at EcoVadis, along with other panelists June 4th for a discussion on the future of supply chain sustainability. #linkinbio

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In 2014, US data centers consumed 165 billion gallons of water, a significant use of resources especially given the high number located in California. Luckily, technology firms like Apple and Microsoft are working to reduce water consumption across their supply chains, including implementing sustainability measures within data centers. Learn more about student research on the water conservation policies of technology firms, and other developments in supply chain sustainability at the Corporate Partners Program event June 4th #linkinbio

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Happy #birdLAday everyone! Come along on a unique tour of bird sounds from all over the world using our phone-based audio tour. @uclabotanical @lensatucla @birdgenoscape @ucla_tft

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Will ocean seafood farming sink or swim? UCLA study evaluates its potential. Seafood farming in the ocean — or marine aquaculture — is the fastest growing sector of the global food system, and it shows no sign of slowing. Open-ocean farms have vast space for expansion, and consumer demand continues to rise. You can the full article on our website. #linkinbio

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Happy Earth Day! What are you all doing for our planet today (and everyday)? 📍Machu Picchu, Peru 📍San Francisco, CA 📍Toketee Falls, Oregon

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First generation college student, Tanner Waters, was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The prestigious award provides 3 years of support to graduate researchers. 🌊 Growing up 15 minutes from the beach in Florida, Tanner has always loved the ocean. Tanner is a first year PhD student working with Dr. Rob Eagle to see if transplanting sea grass to an area without sea grass can bring back the same community of organisms that native sea grass areas have. 🌊 For other first generation college students, Tanner says: Do what you’re passionate about and do your best at it. If you do that, then you’ll succeed. But also recognize that there are a lot of institutional barriers to your success, so don’t get discouraged when things don’t work out or things are difficult. Colleges and universities are stacked against 1st gen, low income and students of color. It’ll be hard. But you being in college is already a feat in it of itself.

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The hills around Del Cerro Park are typically brown and dry but after all of February’s rain, they are full of flowers! 🌸🌼🌺 • • • Tag us in your #superbloom photos • • • Photo by @benaviel7

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Spring has sprung #SceneAtUCLA

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Meet this year’s Corporate Partners Program (CPP) student researchers! 🎉 *Carolyn (political science ’19) is researching how games can promote sustainable behaviors within companies *Ben (environmental science ’19) is evaluating different supply chain verification services *Amber (environmental science ‘20) is assessing how companies factor sustainability into decision making 🔸🔹 Want to know more about CPP & these projects? Link in bio! 🔹🔸 #supplychain #sustainability #business #games #research

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We love earth too. ~ Photos from today’s #youthclimatestrike in downtown LA by Scott Gruber. Link in bio for news coverage of the worldwide strikes.

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We ❤️nature 🦜🍂🌈🌿

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#regram @carcelona_ “5:30 wake up calls for research never looked so goood.” We agree! 🌞🌊🌱 Tag us in your photos to be featured!

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Is economic growth at odds with marine protection efforts? It doesn’t have to be. 🐳🐬🐋 A new program called Blue Prosperity at UCLA aims to transform the relationship between marine conservation and island economies in ways that benefit all concerned.. 🌊🦑🦈 Formed in partnership with the Waitt Foundation, Blue Prosperity works to mitigate the threats of climate change and overfishing to marine ecosystems through strategic economic growth and management, working hand-in-hand with local governments, businesses and communities. 🐙🐠🐡 In January, a team of Anderson students visited Fiji to learn more about blue economies and human capital. You can read about their projects in our bio. #linkinbio @waittfoundation

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High in LA tomorrow: 70 High in Chicago tomorrow: -12. 🌞🥶🥵❄️ If the earth is warming why is it so cold outside? Read how climate change affects severe weather. #linkinbio👆

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In your opinion, what the biggest environmental issue in the world: “Lack of empathy to neighbors, to animals & to the future…” 🌱🧫🌎 Ronnie Thompson is a 2nd year studying environmental science. • • • ◾️He works in the Smith & Tripati labs ◾️ is a Center for Diverse Leadership in Science fellow ◾️ involved in Environmental Science Network ◾️ AND president of Congo Basin Institute club. In his free time Ronnie likes going to the movies, reading comics & trying food from different places. #ronnierocks #studentspotlight

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Today VS yesterday 🌞 🌧

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Wild plants spread through the landscape without any human help, 🌺🌱🌷 forming a ubiquitous botanical backdrop. THIS THURSDAY 1/17 at 4:30pm in the UCLA La Kretz Garden Pavilion: a discussion of the wild flora of inner-city Los Angeles with Botanical Garden Assistant Director Evan Meyer 🌎 This program is co-presented by @lensatucla and @uclaioes 🌿 The event is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP at: UCLAbotanical.eventbrite.com @uclabotanical Follow @tea_assembly for more on ethnobotany!

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On Saturday our high school environmental film makers met with their UCLA mentors. 🧪 🧬 🧫 We had a great day of teaching and learning! You can read more about GreenShorts with the #linkinbio👆 Follow @greensparksucla for more 😊

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A new program called Blue Prosperity at UCLA aims to transform the relationship between marine conservation and island economies. Formed in partnership with the Waitt Foundation, Blue Prosperity aims to mitigate the threats of climate change and overfishing to marine ecosystems through strategic economic growth and management, working hand in hand with local governments, businesses and communities. The link to the full article is in our bio!

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Beautiful sunset signaling the start of winter break! Enjoy everyone 😊

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It’s a beautiful day...to take finals. Hope exams are going well for our students and all Bruins! 🐻💛💙 #thisiswinterinla

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Things are getting heated with climate change — @UCLA environmental economist Alan Barreca’s study revealed that climate change is reducing fertility. 80 years of birth data show that warm months lead to fewer pregnancies, likely because the hot weather negatively affecting male fertility and sperm production. It will especially hurt those in colder states who are not equipped to handle extreme warm temperatures. Learn more using the link in the bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #climatechange #climate #fertility #babies #couples #hot #risingtemperature #heatwave

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When @gov.jerrybrownordered residents to cut water use by 25%, some asked 'why not farms?' (which use 80% of state supply) In a senior practicum project with @nrdc_org , @ucla students delved into agricultural water conservation. Up to two trillion gallons/year could be saved. (Story link in bio) (Featuring practicum director Noah Garrison and NRDC's Arohi Sharma.)

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Paul Barber’s research in Conservation Biology, “Using DNA barcoding to track seafood mislabeling in Los Angeles restaurants,” was recognized as one of the journal’s 20 most-downloaded papers in 2016-2017. The study revealed that some kinds of sushi on menus, such as halibut and red snapper, were actually other species of fish most of the time. “Half of what we’re buying isn’t what we think it is,” said Barber, a @ucla professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. In some cases, the fish served were actually vulnerable and overexploited species, undermining conservation efforts. The paper was downloaded 1,751 times in the year following its publication. It was also featured by numerous news outlets, including ABC, Scientific American, Fox News and Eater.

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Congratulations to the UCLA IoES class of 2018!!! Our planet depends on the leadership of these brilliant, hardworking grads — and the future looks bright. IoES director Peter Kareiva and associate director Cully Nordby often say two things about our students: they are impressive and they give us hope. All of us are incredibly proud of what this class has already accomplished, and we look forward with smiles to all that comes next. #gettem

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@ucla students traveled to Cameroon to learn how to raise ebony that’s more sustainable for Baka communities and the forests they depend on for survival. Here they are with legend Bob Taylor of @taylorguitars — in tailor-made outfits they got in Africa. They made their final presentation today. One takeaway: growing bush mango as a co-crop will help sustain communities financially as they wait for ebony trees to mature (it takes up to 80 years).

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How are housing and homelessness a sustainability issue? Find out with @pbssocal’s David Nazar and @UCLA’s Stephanie Pincetl on new show “Sustaining California.” Filming today, stay tuned...

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Thank you to all the alumni that attended our inaugural Environmental Science B.S. Alumni Association meeting (both in-person and remotely)! Our alumni from the Class of 2011 to the Class of 2017 worked together to brainstorm professional/social events and programs that will foster a stronger network between IoES, alumni, and current undergraduate students interested in tackling today’s environmental issues. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you are an IoES alumnus interested in receiving updates or becoming more involved by contributing ideas or executing programs and events, please contact our Undergraduate Student Advisor, Royce Dieckmann (rdieckmann@ioes.ucla.edu).

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Diversity Matters Roundtables ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Intimate discussions led by leaders in science, government and media. 5/30/2018 from 1-3pm at TreePeople (12601 Mulholland Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Brought to you by the UCLA Center for Diverse Leadership in Science – the first university-based center dedicated to diversity in green science – Diversity Matters Roundtables is a forum for all voices to join the table, discuss why diversity matters, and share how we all can accelerate an inclusive green movement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ”Why representation matters on a global scale” Fredrick Anyanwu Associate Vice President for Resource Development, CARE ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “How inclusion can shape the political landscape” Alejandra Campoverdi Former aide to President Obama, First 5 CA Commissioner ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Mistakes made in the name of science and lessons learned” Andy Lipkis Founder and President of TreePeople ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “What diversity in higher education means for our future” Cindy Montañez CEO of TreePeople and Former CA Assemblywoman ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Your role in today’s solutions” Aradhna Tripati Director of Center for Diverse Leadership in Science, UCLA ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Please register using the link in our bio and contact cobrienlux@support.ucla.edu with any questions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #diversity #science #environment #sustainability #ucla #government #media # global #highereducation #green #justice #earth #policy

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Recently, a lawsuit filed on behalf of various industry groups encouraged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the southwestern willow flycatcher from the U.S. endangered species list; the agency rejected the request and decided to continue its protections for the bird. Judging by the findings of new research, it was a wise decision. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Groups of willow flycatcher — those that live in certain geographic areas — are still in danger of decline and potential extinction. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Rare populations are the most threatened by climate change, and the southwestern subspecies that’s already endangered is the most vulnerable, based on our analysis,” said Kristen Ruegg, a UCLA assistant adjunct professor and the paper’s co-lead author. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Use the link in our bio to learn more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bird #conservation #endangered #animal #environment #willowflycatcher #biology #ecology #species #genetics #climate #climatechange

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On global warming, everyone needs a seat at the table ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “As I was hosting @UCLAIoES’s 2018 gala at Jeanne and Tony Pritzker’s house last month, I was taken back 11 years to the annual conference of the Congressional Black Caucus. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Barack Obama had asked me to join a panel that included Van Jones — one of this year’s gala honorees — to discuss global warming. I accepted, of course. The year was 2007. Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth, which I produced, was riding a wave of box office and awards success. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “As I was being introduced, the crowd began to cheer loudly and gave a standing ovation, which felt extremely odd for someone like me. I looked over, and of course they weren’t cheering for me — they were cheering for Obama... I became embarrassed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Obama, then a senator from Illinois, reassured me with his famous grin. ‘Go ahead, Lawrence. Do your thing and I’ll come on after you.’ He was already a huge political star, and the man always knew how to command a room. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “After my time at the microphone ended, Obama began to speak. He knew jobs, healthcare and education were the issues most pressing on these leaders’ minds. But he knew the urgency of global warming and how it would affect all of us. He also knew part of the solution was green energy and predicted a massive expansion of green business, from blue-collar jobs installing clean energy to high-end research and engineering. He wanted this group to have a seat at that table. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Obama also drew attention to a persistent tragedy: communities of color are much more likely to be victims of environmental harm. He urged the leaders in the room to get serious about fighting back to protect the health of their communities... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Obama turned out to be prophetic on both counts.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @LawrenceBender, film producer and IoES advisory board co-chair, wrote an article highlighting the importance of increasing diversity in environmental science to address injustices, as the recently-launched UCLA Center for Diverse Leadership in Science aims to do. Read the full op-ed using the link in our bio. #science #environment #diversity

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“Increasing precipitation volatility in twenty-first-century California,” a published study co-authored by UCLA climate scientists Daniel Swain, Alex Hall, and David Neelin in Nature Climate Change, discussed the projected increase of “climate whiplash” — transitions from very wet to very dry weather — similar to what California experienced from 2016 to 2017. The authors project that the frequency of such abrupt transitions will increase by 50-100%, with the greatest number of abrupt changes in Southern California. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This can help create conditions that are especially favorable for wildfires, with parched vegetation remaining dry into October and November, which historically has been the early part of the rainy season. If that happens, dry vegetation would be more likely to coincide with warm, dry Santa Ana winds — which reach peak intensity in November and December — turning swaths of the state into dangerous tinderboxes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Learn more about their findings using the link in the bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Image 1: Northern California fire crews set fire back burn to stop the Poomacha fire in 2007. | FEMA photo/Andrea Booher ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #climate #climatechange #flood #drought #rain #environment #sustainability #fire #california #socal #water #wildfire #weather

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California is headed for a future of precipitation extremes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Research co-authored by UCLA climate scientists Daniel Swain, Alex Hall, and David Neelin in Nature Climate Change projects that the state will experience a much greater number of extremely wet and extremely dry weather seasons — especially wet — by the end of the century. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ They found that over the next 40 years, the state will be 300 – 400% more likely to have a prolonged storm sequence as severe as the one that caused a now-legendary California flood more than 150 years ago. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Great Flood of 1862 filled valleys with feet of water and washed gold rush miners and their equipment out of the mountains. In the Central Valley, floodwaters stretched up to 300 miles long and as wide as 60 miles across and destroyed one-third of the state’s taxable land. It could happen again, only with more catastrophic consequences because the state is so much more populated than it was then. In 1862, California’s population was 500,000; today, it’s close to 40 million. Cities like Stockton, Fresno and Bakersfield are situated in locales that were inundated by the 1862 flood. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “People tend not to die in droughts in places with a developed economy… People do still die in floods. It happened this year and last year in California. During an event of a magnitude similar to the 1862 flood, a lot of lives would be at risk,” said Daniel Swain, lead author. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Learn more about their findings using the link in the bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Image 1: A flooded neighborhood in Marysville, Calif. shown in February 1986 (U.S. Army photo by Michael J. Nevins/Released) Image 2: J street in downtown Sacramento seen from levee showing flood of 1862; people in boats make their way between buildings in flooded city streets. By Rosenfield, A. (active ca. 1862), publisher/wikimedia commons. #climate #climatechange #flood #drought #rain #environment #sustainability #fire #california #history #emergency #ucla