Throughout 2015, the Hammer and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability explore the most pressing issues surrounding the current and future state of water. Topics explored in this monthly series include California’s water supply, rising sea levels, hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), ocean acidification, plastic pollution, international water supplies, and water rights.
January 22, 2015: Watermark Screening
Followed by a Q&A with director Edward Burtynsky and Mark Gold, acting director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
February 5, 2015: Can California’s Water Ever Be Sustainable?
A discussion with Mark Gold, acting director, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; Felicia Marcus, chair, State Water Resources Control Board; Ellen Hanak, senior fellow, Public Policy Institute of California; and Debra Man, Assistant General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
March 3, 2015: Urban Adaptations for Rising Sea Levels
A discussion with UC Berkley Professor of Landscape Architecture Kristina Hill, coastal geomorphologist Jeremy Lowe, and civil engineer Peter Wijsman.
April 1, 2015: Fracking and Our Water
Panelists: Jonathan Bishop, California State Water Resources Control Board; water treatment engineer Subir Bhattacharjee; Stanford environmental scientist Robert Jackson; and Damon Nagami, director of the Southern California Ecosystems Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Moderated by Mark Gold, acting director, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
May 13, 2015: Do Our Rivers Have A Chance?
Steve Fleischli, Director and of the Water Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and hydrologist Dennis Lettenmaier, UCLA Professor of Geography, speak on the threats to the world’s rivers and what we can do to protect them.
June 18, 2015: Women and Water in the Developing World
Chevenee Reavis, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Water.org, discusses solutions for the water and sanitation sector in the developing world.
July 14, 2015: Ocean Plastic Pollution
A discussion with Marcus Eriksen, 5 Gyres; Rachel Doughty, Greenfire Law and Sarah Sikich; Heal the Bay; and Mark Gold, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
August 25, 2015: Ocean Acidification: A Global Problem with Local Impacts
Dr. Richard Feely, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, addresses consequences of an acidifying ocean, and whether there is anything we can do to make a difference.
September 24, 2015: Down to Drops or Still at Gallons? The State of California's Water Supply
Is it sci-fi-film–style panic, or are we truly running out of water? Jay Famiglietti and Peter H. Gleick, two scientists who have done more to bring attention to the consequences of our mismanagement of water than anyone, divulge the data.
October 29, 2015: Who Owns Water?
A discussion with Buzz Thompson, founding director of Stanford Law School’s Environmental and Natural Resources Program; Linda Sheehan, executive director of the Earth Law Center; Eric L. Garner, the first American to chair the International Bar Association’s Water Law Committee; and Mark Gold, UCLA associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability.
November 24, 2015: La Source Screening
Followed by a Q&A with Mark Gold, UCLA associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability; director Patrick Shen, social entrepreneur and founder of Generosity.org Jordan Wagner; and architect Eui-Sung Yi, Design Principal at Morphosis Architects and Director of The Now Institute at UCLA.
December 2, 2015: Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles
A discussion with UCLA faculty members Mark Gold, Eric Hoek, and Alex Hall, and Liz Crosson, Water Policy Advisor for the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti.