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UCLA ‘Challenges’ Los Angeles to be More Sustainable

The university announced its ambitious goals of making L.A. completely powered by renewable energy.
Posted by Alexander Nguyen , November 15, 2013 at 05:43 PM

The Los Angeles region would be powered exclusively by renewable energy and get water from local sources under ambitious goals that UCLA researchers said today they hope to accomplish by the year 2050.

More than 70 faculty and staff from departments and institutes campus- wide will take part in UCLA’s “Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles” challenge to make Los Angeles completely sustainable by the middle of this century.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the first of six “Grand Challenges” UCLA plans take on in coming years is “bigger than any research we have tackled before.”

With about 70 percent of the world’s population expected to be living in cities by 2050, UCLA researchers said they hope that their efforts in Los Angeles could guide others toward full sustainability.

They cite a UCLA study that found the Southland could become 4 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit warmer by mid-century, leading to more wildfires and diminishing snowfall in the local mountains.

Their effort is also in response to the 2012 White House Office of Science and Technology Policy that challenged universities to embark on major efforts to solve society’s biggest problems.
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