Posts Tagged ‘UCLA’

Just got an email about some rally interesting UCLA extension classes being taught this summer. If you’ve got the time, I highly recommend checking them out. Here are the upcoming Public Policy programs:

New—Transit Safety and Security
Jun 6

Updated for 2011—Advanced Subdivision Map Act
Jun 13

New—Sustainable Food and Agriculture
Jun 22-Sep 7 (12 mtgs)

Updated for 2011—Renewable Energy Economics and Policy
Jul 9-Sep 10 (6 mtgs)

California Water Projects and Urban Water Supplies
Jun 7

Section 404 and State Permits
Jun 17

Advanced CEQA Roundtable
Jun 22-23

Need more information?
Visit our website: uclaextension.edu/publicpolicy
Check out our blog, The Stuff You Might Have Missed
Follow us on Twitter at @unexpubpol
Join us on Facebook


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UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation cordially invites you to the…

Young Environmental Policy Leaders Panel
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Redwood Room, Faculty Center
Panel at 5:30 PM, Reception at 6:30-7:30 PM

Come meet LA’s young environmental leaders. Learn about their career trajectories. Hear about the critical environmental challenges facing Los Angeles.


Alex Fay
Associate, Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic and Business Policy
CleanTech Los Angeles Liaison

Dan Freedman
Board Chair, Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative
Senior Associate, Adi Liberman & Associates

Michelle Garakian
Vice President of Policy and Programs, Los Angeles Business Council

Emily Kane
Legislative Deputy, Council Member Paul Koretz

Guy Lipa
Legislative Deputy, Council Member Eric Garcetti

Damon Nagami
Staff Attorney, NRDC, Southern California Ecosystems Project

RSVP to Luskincenter@publicaffairs.ucla.edu by May 14th.

Institute of the Environment, UCLA Sustainability,
Sustainable Urban Network, Leaders in Sustainability,
UCLA School of Law Evan Frankel Environmental Law and Policy Program,
E3- Ecology, Economy, Equity

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This is a great addition to the growing fuel choices available in West LA. To date, I am aware of the following alternative fueling stations:

1.       A Hydrogen pump on Santa Monica Blvd  Link

2.       A CNG Pump at UCLA – Link

3.       A BioFuel Station on San Vicente and Barrington  http://www.conservfuel.com/

4.       And we have a Tesla Dealership, which is pretty awesome too.

Go West LA for being ahead of the game here!

More Info From UCLA’s Site:

This station is ideally located at 741 Charles E. Young Dr. South (just north of the intersection of Gayley Drive and Charles E. Young Dr. South)., providing the CNG community with enhanced fueling infrastructure in support of the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD’s) “Clean Fuel Programs.” UCLA currently has a total of 62 fleet vehicles powered by CNG, including 14 campus shuttle buses which “keep UCLA moving” and support the University’s sustainable transportation mission. LINK for more info…

From the Clean Energy Press Release:

“It’s clean air day at UCLA!” said Sherry Lewis, Associate Director, UCLA Transportation, as she kicked off August 28 ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the University’s new Clean Energy Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station.

Along with UCLA fleet vehicles, the public access CNG station will serve taxicabs, passenger cars and shuttle vans operating in the West Los Angeles area. Compared to gasoline or diesel, CNG fuel provides significant reductions in health-harming, smog-forming pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions.

James Harger, Clean Energy Senior Vice President, told dedication ceremony guests, “We are proud to join with UCLA Fleet and Transit Services to open this new station, and we commend the University for its commitment to clean air, both on campus and in the communities surrounding it.”

Jack Powazek, Associate Vice Chancellor, UCLA General Services, added, “This CNG fueling station represents an ongoing partnership between the University and Clean Energy. The company will own, operate and maintain the facility, along with marketing its services to CNG vehicle owners in our area.”

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and MSRC (the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee) joined with Clean Energy to help make the new UCLA CNG station a reality. Sam Emmersen, MSRC Outreach Coordinator, asserted, “This a tremendous achievement toward improving air quality.”

With the addition of the UCLA station, Clean Energy now operates 16 public access CNG fueling facilities in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

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Hey Everyone, I just wanted to let everyone know about this great conference coming up in November. Here is the conference web site: http://www.opportunitygreen.com/

This is how they describe their own conference:
“Opportunity Green is a convergence of the prime movers & shakers and the up & coming innovators driving today’s new green economy. Rub elbows with 500 of the best and brightest thought leaders: entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors and designers, all focused on building socially responsible and sustainable enterprises.”

Since I attended last year, let me throw in my two cents about this event. Essentially, it’s a green business conference focused heavily on LOHAS Consumer goods (LOHAS = Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), with an additional emphasis on discussing catalysts for change and emerging social trends. In many respects, It’s a conference tailored for young professionals and start-up businesses, modeled after the organizers who are just that, young professionals who started up this conference.

The conference is a breadth of fresh air compared to some other conferences I’ve attended which are tailored more towards selling sponsorships, and acting as platforms for politicians to spout off about Bush’s terrible environmental record, than actually providing fresh content and interesting speakers. If you are interested in green business issues, I recommend you attend.

Hopefully I’ll see you there!

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