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Response to Baltimore

Last night, I watched from the opposite coast as news coverage showed Baltimore, my adopted city, burning. I watched the violence and destruction at Mondawmin Mall, where I shopped. I watched it on North Avenue and Fulton, where I made more

CURes Sustainability Fellow in the News

Our own Viktoria Kuehn, a recent graduate of LMU and current CURes Sustainability Fellow, was featured in the The Los Angeles Loyolan’s article about Earth Day at LMU: http://www.laloyolan.com/news/aslmu-hosts-earth-week-events/article_73a581b1-89ba-5d23-8466-217f2d392dea.html  

The Ballona Wetlands: Nature’s Water Treatment System

Coastal wetlands, like the Ballona Wetland salt marsh, provide a valuable array of ecosystem functions involving many physical-biological interactions that, for example, support biodiversity, abate flooding, sequester carbon, and purify water (Zedler and Kercher 2005).  In purifying water, these systems more

Director’s Blog – Happy Earth Day 2015

From the vantage point of being from the Baby Boom Generation, I remember well the first Earth Day in April 1970. Organized by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day gave voice to a profound collective anxiety felt by the millions more

Director’s Blog – Is the World Using Too Much Cement?

A weighty question indeed. When we consider the ecology of human expansion, certain raw materials are the fuel of social and economic transformation. The insatiable appetite of the industrial revolution of the 19th century was fed by coal and wood. more

Sustainability at LMU – Recycling Our Water

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) started using recycled water for campus landscape irrigation in 1997. The water is supplied by LA Department of Water and Power (LADWP). It is secondary treated wastewater from the City’s Hyperion Treatment Plant which is pumped up more

LMU Hosts International Leaders from Pakistan focused on Militant Rehabilitation and Reintegration

Dr. John M. Carfora, Associate Provost, Research Advancement and Compliance Office of Academic Affairs and Dr. Eric Strauss, Executive Director of the Center for Urban Resilience hosted a delegation from Pakistan at the Marymount Center.  Along with Dr. Carfora and Dr. more

Urban Ecology: Science, Ethics and Public Policy

A couple of days ago I gave the second presentation in The Annenberg Foundation seminar, “Urban Ecology and Our Cities Future”. I spoke on ethics and urban ecology, with a particular focus on our relationships and responsibilities to urban domestic more

CityAdapt Blog – Local Adaptation Responses on the Global Stage

This week, I will attend the first-ever Global Adaptation Network (GAN) Forum in Panama City. The event will draw adaptation experts, practitioners and policymakers from across the globe to share ideas on how to build and successfully move forward adaptation more

CityAdapt Blog – Health Impacts from Heat Exposure in California

With more frequent heat waves predicted, it is essential to study health outcomes associated with elevated temperature.  By identifying vulnerable subgroups, some heat-related deaths, illnesses, and adverse health outcomes can be prevented.  Increased temperatures were found to have same-day effects more

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