While the World Burns, a More Sustainable Future Is in the Making

At this very moment, wildfires rage across Southern California. These wildfires are only the latest in the increasingly volatile and destructive evidence of change in our climate. But there is hope. Even as the U.S. withdraws from the Paris Agreement – cities, states, and private companies are rushing to fill the void. Sustainability is becoming a win-win-win: environmentally, socially, and financially. The question is, are we too late?

In this episode, Christine Harada gives us an optimism that sustainability can prevail—and tangible proof that we can make it happen right in our own backyard.

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A Conversation with Paula Daniels: Lessons Learned

by Patricia Quintero Estades On Tuesday, November 17 the Bedrosian Center welcomed the Executive Director of California Central, Paula Daniels for our third Lunch with a Leader event of the semester. Daniels has worked extensively on sustainability policy, holding important positions in both the nonprofit and public sector. She started her environmental work volunteering with Heal…

Paula Daniels: Championing environmental sustainability

by Justine Dodgen Paula Daniels has long been an advocate for environmental causes. Raised in Hawaii, Daniels has said she’s cared about water from a young age, and remembers learning about the importance of malama aina – stewardship of the land- from her grandfather. In a LA Weekly interview in 2012, Daniels says she even asked…

Examining Strategic Sustainability Plans and Rigorous Sustainability Actions in California Cities

Bedrosian Center Research Presentations: Yan Tang October 27, 2014 View the full video here. View photos of the event here. View the transcript here. Professor Shui-Yan Tang and Dr. Myungjung Kwon will present findings from their study: Examining Strategic Sustainability Plans and Rigorous Sustainability Actions in California Cities. They look at what obstacles keep cities from…

Governing the Sustainable Future of Los Angeles

by Caroline Stevens What could Southern California’s urban metropolis look like 20 years? Picture algae encased skyscrapers that absorb carbon dioxide and organically recycle water from within their walls. Imagine community hospitals that never use a single kilowatt-hour of energy from the utility grid. Envision an international airport that recycles 417 million gallons of water on-site…

Water supply scarcity in Southern California

(originally posted in The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation 2011 and 2012 Report page 24-25) Water shortages are an unfortunate reality in Southern California, a desert region characterized by an arid climate, flash floods, and cyclical droughts. Beginning with the 1913 arrival of aqueduct water, the Los Angeles area has relied on water imports for…