UCLA Environmental Justice Initiative


The UCLA Environmental Justice (EJ) Initiative brings students, faculty and community members in public affairs, environmental sciences, American culture and ethnic studies together to enhance EJ teaching, research and service. The goal of the Initiative is to develop an intellectual community of engaged scholars by sponsoring courses and promoting multidisciplinary applied research in Environmental Justice at UCLA. The Initiative is supported by academic units and research centers from both north and south campus.

“Understanding, Discovering and Acting Through Multiple Lenses”

Environmental Justice Course Offerings

FALL 2013

M167 Environmental Justice through Multiple Lenses, jointly offered by the
Department of Urban Planning and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability


AAS101 Environmental Justice through the Lens of Photography offered by Asian American Studies 

Applied Research in Environmental Justice and Sustainability


Center for the Study of Inequality, Loukaitou-Sideris and Ong, “Transit Oriented Development and Equity”

Luskin Center for Innovation, DeShazo and Ong, “The Impacts of Climate Change on Low-Income Communities”

IoES and Water Technology Research Center, Cohen, Pincetl and Glickfeld, “Potable Water Treatment Demonstration for Remote Disadvantaged Communities” 


Environmental Justice Lecture Series and Symposia

Past Events

January 10, 2013
Experiences of an Environmental Justice Advocate
Dr. Joseph Lyou, Director, Clean Air Coalition

February 22, 2013
Symposium on Spatial Analysis of Social and Environmental Justice
Applying Knowledge of Space, Place & Networks to Equitable Solutions

April 25, 2013
The Poaching of Our Wildest Dreams: Indigenous Peoples, Predation and the Law
Julian Aguon, Writer, Activist, Attorney

May 16, 2013
Environmental Justice: A Community Perspective
Robin Cannon, co-founder and president of Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles and Dr. Carl Maida, Professor of Public Health, UCLA School of Dentistry and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

City of Angels or City of Injustice?

City of Angels or City of Injustice?

Leanna Huynh writes on what to expect from the new Environmental Justice Initiative that is occurring on UCLA’s campus.

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