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October, 2023
SEI Faculty and Staff Survey
Last Chance!

Please take time to complete the SEI short survey. You will need to be logged into SIS to access. This survey will help the SEI better prioritize our projects and efforts to fit faculty and staff needs and interests. It is important to us and to the LACCD.
Heat Islands and Equity Speaker Series Continues
Presenting a series of talks on the impact of extreme heat on under-resourced neighborhoods in Los Angeles. SEI in partnership with the Professional Development College of and with the California Center for Climate Change Education (CCCCE). CCCCE is sponsoring this months seminar.

Join us for our October event with
Dr. Yi Yin, October 19th 12noon-1pm

Dr. Yi Yi, is the main author of the "Unequal Exposure to Heatwaves in Los Angeles: Impact of Uneven Green Spaces” study from Cal Tech, she will be speaking about the studies findings. 
This seminar is sponsored by
The California Center for Climate Change Education

Heat Islands and Equity Series Schedule Continued

Oct. 24, 25, 26 Conference:Climate Palooza” presented by WLAC and CCCCE. October 24th and 25th student days are full

Oct 26th is the Climate Palooza Green and Blue Careers Day
SEI will be facilitating a panel from 3-4:00 pm

Nov 14th Dina Gilio-Whitaker author of "As Long as the Grass Grows" presented by WLAC and the CCCE
(Flex credit will be available for faculty through the VRC)
Nov 30th, 12-1:00pm Heat Equity Action Panel by SEI and PDC
(Flex Credit available through the VRC)

All of these talks and more are located on the SEI website;
Chief Heat Officer Speaks to LACCD Community

On September 28th, Marta Segura the Chief Heat Officer for the City of Los Angeles spoke with SEI about issues the Los Angeles communities are facing as the climate heats up. Ms Segura described the patterns of disinvestment that have created heat islands for many communities of color. She discussed the resources that the city has committed to prioritize the needs of the most highly impacted communities.

News Briefs

  • "How the circular economy can help us stay within planetary boundaries", Medium, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Little Tujunga Cyn.,
Los Angeles
Gold Creek News

The meteorological station at Gold Creek, the District's Ecological Reserve, recorded an astounding 1,000mm of total rainfall in the 2022-23 water year that just ended.

Gold Creek faculty will be working on October 20 to clear nature trails following a remarkable resurgence of vegetation. If you want more information about the reserve and how to get involved (such as class visits), please contact Mike Farrell ( Mike is a LACC Geography professor who coordinates use of the site.

Gold Creek Orientation Day (with Nov. 19th as the back up date).

Anxiety is high right now for most of us, and climate related anxiety is full on. Please take good care of your selves and make use of the resources available to help mitigate the effects of this kind of stress.
LACCD employees can take advantage of benefits, including EAP provider Tellus Health. Direct students to use of the resources provided through Student Health Centers
Mark Abramson, who helped shape L.A.-area environmental non-profits, dies at 56 
...from the Los Angeles Times: "Mark Abramson became a towering figure in the world of Los Angeles water — someone who would leave a lasting mark on its beaches, streams, wetlands and preserves, and whose legacy will be enjoyed by Angelenos for decades to come. Abramson died suddenly on Sept. 15 of a suspected heart attack, friends and family say. He had just turned 56."

October 13 - October 21 LA/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter Online Native Plant Sale Annual online native plant sale with scheduled pickup on Oct. 28

October 18 · 6 - 7:30pm PDT, online, 90 mins, "Planting for Success: A How-to Guide" with Terry Huang, Theodore Payne Foundation, 25-35USD

October 19: 12-1:00 pm on zoom: Yi Yin, Co-author of the "Unequal Exposure to Heatwaves in Los Angeles: Impact of Uneven Green Spaces” study from Cal Tech will be speaking at the SEI monthly seminar. 

October 21, 10:00am --12:00pm Heal the Bay BEACH CLEANUP: Join us on Venice Beach at Washington for a special celebration of environmentalism in Los Angeles’ Latinx communities! SIGN UP
  • Day 1, Tue Oct 24: student-led celebration of the International Day of Climate Action.
  • Day 2, Wed Oct 25: climate solutions Hackathon (co-hosted with WLAC’s Creativity Lab)
  • Day 3, Thu Oct 26: Green & Blue Jobs Conference
Events will include talks and panels with climate leaders and experts, exhibits, climate action-inspired art shows, workshops, hands-on activities, and displays by industry partners. Attendees can register for one, two, or three days. All events are free and open to the public. Questions can be directed to

October 24-November 4: 8:30am-3:00pm, Theodore Payne Foundation Annual Fall Plant sale, 10459 Tuxford Street Los Angeles. Make a reservation, event is free, plants are well priced.

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Heal the Bay Aquarium. Halloween Fun at Fishy Fest 2023 More information

from the editors…

As always we invite your submissions to this newsletter. Write about environmental issues that are important to you. Let us know what projects you or your students are working on. Tell us what is happening on your campus or in your community,
Email the SEI staff with your proposed article or news brief, or calendar event.