The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) is a research, policy, and advocacy, organization at Occidental College committed to bringing about social change and a more just, livable and green society. UEPI engages students, faculty, and staff at its home on Oxy’s campus and connects Oxy with its community partners in Los Angeles and beyond.
November 2015 | Fighting diet related disease by choosing water over sugary drinks
UEPI is in its third year of participating in Choose Health LA: an initiative of the LA County Department of Public Health aimed at improving nutrition, increasing physical activity, and reducing obesity across the LA region. California has the highest rates of obesity among children ages 2-4, and these rates are disproportionately high among Latino and African-American children.
“Water: The Healthiest Choice” is a campaign launched by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. It is aimed at parents and focuses on providing simple, straightforward information about soda, sports and juice drinks and their link to obesity and type 2 diabetes. The multilingual media campaign encourages parents to give their children water and remove sugary drinks from their diet. You can already see campaign materials at bus stops, metro stations, and other advertising locations throughout the city, and UEPI staff will be promoting the campaign in the Northeast LA region.
October 2015 | UEPI and the National Farm to School Network celebrate Farm to School Month!
Great interview with Anupama Joshi, Executive Director of the National Farm to School Network and former UEPI staff member.
Watch a short documentary on the scholarship and policy work of Prof. Bob Gottlieb:
July 2015 | Long time UEPI/Oxy community partner, James Rojas, received the California’s Planning Advocate Award of Excellence for 2015. James has led numerous workshops for the Oxy community and communities throughout the country, inspiring people to think about planning "through the medium of their own livedexperiences, memories, and imagination." We look forward to working with James this August as he kicks off the OxyEngage Social Justice trip with PLACE IT! Congratulations James!
May 2015 | Moving Forward Network Action at the NEJAC meeting in San Diego, CA
November 2014 | On November 12, 2014, Occidental College Professor of Urban and Environment Policy Robert Gottlieb was the recipient of the Graham L. Sterling Award, the College's most prestigious faculty honor. Watch his acceptance lecture below!
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