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Urban Ecology and Hope

In the fall of 2014, Eric (Dr. Eric Strauss, Executive Director of CURes) and I gave a set of public presentations on urban ecology. Both of our talks were sponsored by The Annenberg Foundation as part of their seminar series, more

L.A. Times: CURes Sees L.A. as Green Solutions Laboratory

On January 14, 2015, the Los Angeles Times featured CURes in the following article: “Center for Urban Resilience sees L.A. as laboratory for green solutions“.  

CURes’ Own Jim Landry Elected President of Environmental Nonprofit

Jim Landry was elected President of Friends of Ballona Wetlands at its January 2015 meeting.  Jim is the Senior Director of Operations for CURes. He is also Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as well as Director of more

Reflection on Prop. 47 from CURes’ Restorative Justice Specialist

I recently met a woman from South Los Angeles, who lost her five year-old son 30 years ago when a Los Angeles police officer accidentally shot and killed him. At that time, she did not have access to, or the more

CURes Scientist Joins National Urban Ecology Study

CURes researcher Dr. Michele Romolini received great news this week! She was formally approved as a Co-Principal Investigator of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES). As one of two urban sites in the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Network, BES seeks more

Collaboration is the Key

December begins the season to assess the year’s ending and thank all the people that contributed to its success. It is hard to believe that 2014 is at a close, and I am delighted to report the successful year it more

Huge Success for San Gabriel River Discovery Center and CURes Partner, EcoVoices

On a map of Los Angeles County, South El Monte looks pretty far from the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westchester. Yet the recent approval of $3 million for the San Gabriel River Discovery Center has made it possible for top-notch more

CityAdapt Blog – The Mediterranean City Climate Change Consortium (MC-4)

Since the successful Mediterranean City Conference in Athens, we have been busy behind the scenes putting together the next phase of the Mediterranean City Climate Change Consortium (MC-4). It is my pleasure to tell you about a couple of positive more

CityAdapt Blog – How “Cool Roofs” Won in Los Angeles

On December 17th, 2013, Los Angeles became the first large city to pass a “cool roof” ordinance mandating that all new and renovated homes use roofing material that naturally reflects sunlight. Heat-reducing cool roofs are an important climate adaptation tool more

CityAdapt Blog – Regional Collaboration on Adaptation

The latest IPCC 5 synthesis report confirms that the impact of climate change is present and highlights the risks for regions around the world including Australia. The findings call out the impacts (wildfire, sea level rise, extreme events) that we more