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    Stephanie Pincetl

    Director UCLA Center for Sustainable Urban Systems Los Angeles, CA Dr. Stephanie Pincetl is Adjunct professor and Director of the U.C. campus-wide Center for Sustainable Communities at the UCLA Institute of the Environment. Pincetl conducts research on environmental policies and governance and enjoys bringing together interdisciplinary teams of researchers across the biophysical and engineering sciences with the social sciences to address problems of complex urban systems and environmental management. Pincetl has written extensively about land use in California, environmental justice, habitat conservation efforts, urban ecology, water and energy policy. You can find more about her academic work at: http://www.environment.ucla.edu/ucpe/pincetl.asp. She is an avid gardener, a devotee of the Sunday Hollywood Farmer’s Market, and loves to cook and have friends over for dinner.

    February 9, 2016

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    The New Vocabulary of Urban Landscaping for Southern California
    Stephanie Pincetl, Los Angeles
    Kitty Connolly, Los Angeles

    The drought in California over the last few years has been long enough and sufficiently severe to compel mandatory urban water restrictions from the State Water Resources Control Board, an unprecedented policy move. The Board has also required, for the...

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    October 12, 2015

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    Are Individual Practitioners of Civic Ecology the Answer to Sustainability?
    Stephanie Pincetl, Los Angeles

    A review of Civic Ecology, Adaptation and Transformation from the Ground Up, by Marianne E. Krasny and Keith G. Tidball. 2015. ISBN: 9780262028653. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. 328 pages. This is a book that seeks to highlight the heroic efforts of...

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    June 29, 2015

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    Sustainability is Everywhere
    Stephanie Pincetl, Los Angeles

    A review of Sustainability in the Global City, Myth and Practice, edited by Cindy Isenhour, Gary McDonogh and Melissa Checker. 2015. ISBN: 9781107076280. Cambridge University Press, New York. 426 pages. As the introductory chapter states: “Sustainability is everywhere.” Indeed, what...

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    June 23, 2015

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    Is There Room for Ornamentals in the Gardens of “New” California?
    Diane Pataki, Salt Lake City
    Stephanie Pincetl, Los Angeles

    California has long been a center of gardening culture. With a mild climate and a history of agricultural expansion followed by rapid urbanization, California’s ornamental gardens are populated by plant species and cultivars imported from all over the world. Many...

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    December 17, 2014

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    Magical Thinking in the Age of Green
    Stephanie Pincetl, Los Angeles

    We are not in the Age of Aquarius that had brought—to some of us—radical hope about societal change and a turn toward ecology, steady state growth, and different GDP metrics, including happiness. The age was about love, unity, integrity, sympathy,...

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    May 18, 2014

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    The Palo Verde in My Backyard
    Stephanie Pincetl, Los Angeles

    My view of nature in the city is often informed by my own experiences in my part of the world: Los Angeles, California.  About 5 years ago I was given a Palo Verde tree which my husband and I planted...

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    February 3, 2014

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    What are the social justice implications of urban ecology, and how can we make sure that “green cities” are not synonymous with “gentrified” or “exclusive” cities?
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore
    Stephanie Pincetl, Los Angeles
    Jim Labbe, Portland
    Rebecca Bratspies, New York City
    PK Das, Mumbai
    Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro
    Charlie Nilon, Columbia
    Brian McGrath, New York City
    Xie Pengfei, Beijing

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    November 26, 2013

    The ExUrban hills outside Los Angeles. Photo: Stephanie Pincetl
    The Ironic “Nature” of ExUrbia
    Stephanie Pincetl, Los Angeles

    While we have been focused on the nature of cities in cities and its sublime paradoxes, one could perhaps also enlarge the city nature question to reflect on the gradual urbanization of planet Earth.  Whether it is global appropriation of...

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    June 19, 2013

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    The Sounds and Smells…and Costs…of Urban Ecosystem Servicing
    Stephanie Pincetl, Los Angeles

    Vroom, buzz, roar, hum, zzzz, whine, chuffa-chuffa, whir, putt-putt, growl and shriek. Acrid, penetrating, sweet, stomach turning, smokey, arresting. These are the sounds and smells of machines, the machines that fueled by petroleum and are ubiquitous in the urban landscape,...

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    December 12, 2012

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    The Invisible Urban Nature All Around Us: Beyond Green to Include the Built Infrastructure
    Stephanie Pincetl, Los Angeles

    It is interesting that we think of nature in cities only as fauna and flora.  Mineral nature—the rocks and inert resources—is the stage on which living nature is set.  In cities, this means that the embedded nature all around us,...

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    June 18, 2012

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    Reflections on Cities, Seasons and Bioregions
    Stephanie Pincetl, Los Angeles

    This winter I had occasion to spend a few days in the city of Albuquerque, where it was cold, dry and brown. Winter in the Southwestern United States. Trees along the Rio Grande were bare; not too many trees elsewhere....

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