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September 28, 2008 | Jessica Garrison
It's no surprise that Los Angeles should lag behind such emerald stars as Portland, Ore., San Francisco and Seattle in terms of sustainability . . . but Cleveland? Omaha? Dallas? Apparently so. According to the 2008 SustainLane U.S. City Rankings, which rate the nation's 50 largest cities in terms of urban sustainability, Los Angeles is behind those cities, and 21 others as well. The city fell three spots from last year, to No. 28. Why? Here's one clue: Rankings are based on factors including air quality, roadway congestion, sprawl and housing affordability.
March 28, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Moving the UCLA basketball program forward is going to be tricky. The Bruins had a good season, reaching an NCAA regional semifinal for the first time since 2008 and pushing top-ranked Florida to the final minutes. For two days in Memphis - pregame and postgame - Coach Steve Alford talked about the "foundation" that was built. Less than 24 hours later, though, that foundation already had a crack. Freshman guard Zach LaVine will declare for the NBA draft, his family said Friday.
April 10, 2013 | Read Now,
With Earth Day only a few days away, tomorrow's Saturday section will look at Angelenos who are making a difference and simple steps you can take to start living greener now. As a member, you get an early look. 
March 20, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SAN DIEGO - He's been on the job nearly a full calendar year, leading a young basketball team to a conference tournament championship while filling a dormant program with energy and hope. Yet Steve Alford's career as UCLA basketball coach doesn't officially begin until right now. Friday night, Viejas Arena, NCAA tournament, opening game, Tulsa waiting. Despair waiting, relief waiting, ghosts waiting. "This is when the UCLA coaching hot seat gets really hot," said Tracy Murray, former Bruins star and current team radio analyst.
July 26, 1999
"The Greening of L.A. Schools" (July 21) is not only uplifting but intriguing. The idea of sustainable schools has considerable value, and such value outweighs the start-up costs for sustainability: 1. Each school becomes a model for community sustainability, making it possible to accommodate more population with less demand on resources and with some effect upon the flow of money into and out of a community. 2. Each school becomes necessarily self-sufficient, in case of electric-grid failure, as will happen when a large earthquake hits.
September 28, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
BEER AND POLITICS According to one report, Democratic-leaning drinkers like Heineken while Republican-leaning imbibers prefer Samuel Adams . [National Journal] McSUSTAINABLE McDonald's wants to tell you what "sustainable" beef is .  [Huffington Post] PROP. 37 LIKELY TO PASS, POLL FINDS Supporters of Proposition 37's call to label genetically engineered food outnumber foes of the initiative by a margin of 2 to 1, according to a USC Dornsife/L.A.
March 11, 2010 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
When Neal and Amy Knoll Fraser move their restaurant Grace downtown to the rectory of St. Vibiana's later this year, diners will be hard-pressed to miss the earth-to-table connection. Fraser intends to plant a garden — and not just a few containers of herbs, but 450 to 500 square feet, right outside, cater-corner from Los Angeles Police Department headquarters. It will be tended by the kitchen staff, and Fraser says it could yield as much as a quarter of the produce for his kitchen.
March 20, 2010 | Nan Sterman
"Sustainability" is the buzzword on college campuses across the country, where LEED-certified buildings are the new standard. Pitzer College in Claremont, however, takes sustainability to a new level. Tour Pitzer's campus, and along with its LEED dormitories, you'll see the "trayless" dining hall where students scrape leftovers into compost receptacles. The school runs a "green bike" program that refurbishes and redistributes abandoned bicycles each school year. And Pitzer has a gorgeous, sustainable landscape.
In a tiny overcrowded office at the Brookings Institution, a prominent Washington think tank, a new computer program code-named "Sugarscape" has simulated the patterns of life--and created new visions of the Earth's future. Some 7,500 miles away in Arabuko Sokoke, the largest remaining coastal forest in East Africa, Kenya's Museum Society has launched a new program with the Giriama tribe to harvest butterflies for export--and to help alleviate local poverty.
December 30, 2009 | By Tiffany Hsu
During his more than three decades in real estate David Pogue played many roles, but environmental expert was never one of them. That didn't stop his company, Los Angeles real estate brokerage CB Richard Ellis, from naming him the company guru of all things eco-friendly nearly two years ago. Pogue suddenly found himself in charge of making the firm and its projects more energy efficient and environmentally conscious, an abrupt switch from his previous...
March 2, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
When Catherine Aleman and Ana Renteria learned that L.A. Unified might move or close their small school in East Los Angeles, they did what the Academy of Environmental and Social Policy had taught them to do: They tried to make a difference and organized a protest. The students said the academy - an offshoot of Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights - transformed their lives. The small campus has created close ties with students and teachers who push them toward college and stay after hours to help them with challenges such as Shakespearean prose.
February 17, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - His $8.5-million contract guarantees him nothing beyond a pile of money. His spring-training locker is among the five corner cubicles reserved for established starting pitchers, but he is as much of a rotation lock as the reporters milling around it. Joe Blanton is back, which says more about the Angels' lack of pitching depth than his status with the club. But that's irrelevant to Blanton, who looks to bounce back from a dismal season in which he went 2-14 with a 6.04 earned-run average and gave up 29 homers.
January 25, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- Before Jan. 25, 2011, I rarely spent time in Tahrir Square. For me, like millions of other Cairenes, it was no more than a busy downtown traffic hub you'd pass through on the way to somewhere else. So it still seems surreal to recall the first protest against longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak three years ago - and the cascade of events that have taken place in the square since I was there that day reporting for the Los Angeles Times. Police easily dispersed that initial gathering of a few hundred protesters on Jan. 25, and I remember wandering around an almost empty square late that afternoon, trying to find an open eatery.
January 16, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Flower lovers who prefer to buy locally grown blooms soon will have a free nationwide online directory to help them buy from florists, supermarkets, wedding planners and farmers who design with and sell U.S.-grown flowers. is the brainchild of garden and design writer Debra Prinzing , author of the book "Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets From the Garden, Meadow and Farm. " (Prinzing also is a Los Angeles Times contributor.) Prinzing said she was inspired to create the database after receiving repeated requests at her speaking engagements for sustainable florists.
January 13, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - A coalition of organic farmers, nutritionists and environmental justice activists is jumping into the rough-and-tumble politics at California's Capitol. The California Food Policy Council, a network of 19 groups around the state, wants to persuade legislators to pass laws that would support sustainable agriculture and safeguard soil and water quality for large and small farmers. The idea, organizers say, is to make healthful, affordable food options available for low-income urban dwellers, schoolchildren and others.
December 26, 2013
Re "A huge threat to social mobility," Column, Dec. 22 Michael Hiltzik's piece on income inequality was excellent and had many good ideas. However, I was disturbed by the frequent use of the word "growth. " When one is referring to the economy, the growth should follow the word "sustainable. " Failing to consider sustainability is an example of short-term crisis thinking. We need long-term thinking that promotes equality among people and between humans and the planet. Uncontrolled growth has already contributed to overpopulation and climate change.
December 27, 2009 | By Tiffany Hsu
The gig: Since taking the job as UC San Diego's first director of strategic energy initiatives in September 2008, Byron Washom has worked to turn the 1,200-acre campus into a model of sustainability, a "living laboratory." Projects include renewable energy, energy management, greenhouse-gas reduction, energy storage systems and greening the campus transportation fleet. The university generates 80% of its own electricity. "The only thing we're looking at, at the campus, are quantum improvements," he said.
January 12, 2010 | By Kim Murphy
William Rees spent much of his childhood on his grandfather's farm in the province of Ontario. What struck him once, after a day of working in the fields, was the sudden realization that everything on the dinner table -- the chicken, the milk, the carrots -- he had helped produce. "I was only about 10 years old, and I have no explanation to this day, but I felt as if the ground had fallen beneath me. I was sinking, sinking, deep into the earth," Rees said. When he moved to Vancouver, he took that sense of "connectedness" with him, and never forgot it. With 75% of the globe's 10 billion people in 2050 expected to live in urban areas, they had better -- if they are to survive -- find a similar sense of connection, Rees figured.
December 22, 2013 | By James Barragan
Like millions of Americans, Jessica Hamilton of Pasadena will buy her friends and family a handful of gift cards this holiday season, drawn by their convenience. Yet Hamilton, who carries reusable bags when she goes shopping, is bothered by the thought of all of that plastic ending up in landfills along with worn-out hotel key cards, credit cards and the like. In 2012, the global card industry produced 33 billion cards, according to the International Card Manufacturers Assn. Most of those cards contained polyvinyl chloride, a plastic that contains pollutants that are harmful to the environment and is slow to decompose.
December 8, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
One-half of the Lakers' 30-something backcourt returned to action Sunday. But what about Steve Nash ? "I don't know," the injury-riddled point guard said several hours before Kobe Bryant played against Toronto. "I had three good days of practice and I could play right now, but we don't really have any confidence that it's sustainable. Instead of playing, missing a few weeks, playing, missing a few weeks … try to get to a place where I could play and sustain it. We don't know when that is right now. " Nash has played in only six games this season, sidelined since Nov. 10 because of nerve damage in his back.
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