From UCLA Environmental Experts Featured in PBS Sustainability Series
As climate change and other environmental threats continue to harm and threaten people’s daily lives, the United States remains politically and ideologically divided. The KLCS PBS show “Sustaining US” has partnered with UCLA’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability to foster meaningful discussion – informed by the best research and insight.
The weekly half-hour program highlights topics related to green buildings and cities, climate change, healthcare, homelessness and transportation. UCLA faculty, alumni, and students represent many of the program’s experts.
Content producer David Colgan said the show’s goal is to tackle environmental issues with science and present solutions, not to spread fear. Colgan, who is the institute’s communications director, works with the producers of PBS to help identify topics and experts.
“I have the opportunity to talk to some brilliant people at UCLA, and a lot of them are good at problem-solving in a conversational way,” Colgan said. “I want ‘Sustaining US’ viewers to have the same access.”
Colgan says UCLA’s collaboration on the project began when investigative reporter David Nazar contacted the university for a source on a story about the wildfires. During the conversation, both recognized the need for more rigorous reporting on climate change and sustainability, and realized that a partnership between PBS and the country’s top-ranked public university could help inform and educate. the television viewers.
“What sets ‘Sustaining US’ apart from other news programs is that we don’t just focus on the pessimistic plight of environmental issues,” said Nazar, host and reporter for the show. “We bring together people from all walks of life to explore each problem and find solutions. “
KLCS is a multi-award winning, Emmy Award-winning, non-commercial affiliate of PBS, broadcasting to over 15 million viewers in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. KLCS is accredited by the Education Council of the United School District of Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the country, which trains more than 673,000 students. Ty Woodson directs and co-produces the station’s program.
The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California awarded “Sustaining US” two Golden Mikes in 2020 for its first season, which goes beyond traditional sustainability topics to address social issues such as homelessness and technology.
The respective UCLA topics and experts in season two include:
- The Los Angeles River: Stephanie Pincetl, Founding Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA
- Ancient Cities: Monica Smith, Professor of Anthropology
- Solar Decathlon: UCLA student team
- Desalination: Zack Gold, alumnus
- Urban Heat Islands: Alan Barreca, Associate Professor at UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and Graduate Student Edith De Guzman
- Los Angeles Aquarium / high-level discussion on environmental issues: Peter Kareiva, assistant professor at UCLA
- Culver City Oil Drilling: David Colgan
The second season airs Wednesday, October 6 and airs weekly Wednesdays at 10 p.m. and the following Mondays at 5:30 p.m. Viewers can watch the following channels in Southern California or live on KLCS PBS.