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UCLA's first 'Grand Challenge' envisions 100 percent local water supplies for LA

Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles -- UCLA Grand Challenges

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UCLA launches new research initiative, Grand Challenges, with professors, scientists, environmentalists, lawmakers and public policy officials working together toward a common goal.

In this installment of our coverage of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Mark Gold — formerly of Heal the Bay and now assistant director of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability — discusses a UCLA initiative to boost L.A.'s use of local water.

UCLA announced the initiative last month, whose goal is for L.A. "to use exclusively renewable energy and local water by 2050 while protecting biodiversity and enhancing quality of life."

The Grand Challenge Initiative is a response to President Obama's call for "ambitious but achievable" goals that "solve important national or global problems and that have the potential to capture the public’s imagination." 

This first challenge builds off of research from UCLA's Center for Climate Change Solutions. Alex Hall, a climate researcher there, most recently released a study finding that Southern California will lose as much as 40 percent of snowfall in the next century.

Among UCLA's interests are research to promote conservation, stormwater, and recycling ("toilet-to-tap," made most famous by Orange County); a carbon-free transportation infrastructure; and smart grid technologies.

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