UEPI (Occidental)



Occidental Campus Office at 1882 Campus Road


Ribbon Cutting for Community Office at 2106 Colorado Blvd



Los Angeles


The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) based at Occidental College is a community-oriented academic research and advocacy organization that conducts community-based research on environmental and social justice issues.  UEPI serves as the umbrella for a variety of affiliated programs addressing work and industry, transportation, regional and community development, land use, and urban environmental issues, among others.

UEPI also works to engage city and county General Plan processes in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Commerce and Carson with regard to goods movement activities to ensure that community-specific plans will include health-based elements that specifically address public health impacts and mitigate air pollution, noise, light glare, and blight from ports and goods movement activities.




Robert Gottlieb is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Urban Environmental Studies and Director of the Urban Environmental Policy Institute. He is the author and co-author of ten books, including: The Next Los Angeles: The struggle for a Livable City with UEPI faculty and staff Mark Vallianatos, Regina Freer and Peter Dreier (UC Press, 2004); Forcing the Spring: The Transformation of the American Environmental Movement (Island Press, 1993, 2nd edition forthcoming); and Environmentalism Unbound: Exploring New Pathways for Change (MIT Press, 2001). He is also the editor of the MIT Press series, Urban and Industrial Environments. Professor Gottlieb was the 1996 University of California Distinguished Wellness Lecturer and has received the award on two occasions for supervising the most outstanding student project from the American Institute for Collegiate Planners.



Mark Vallianatos is Policy Director of UEPI and is Interim Director of the institute during the first half of 2006. He is also Director of UEPI's Center for Food and Justice and an Adjunct Professor at Occidental College, where he currently teaches the Environmental Stewards class. Mark is co-author of The Next Los Angeles: the Struggle for a Livable City. He has worked at UEPI since 2001. Before moving to the Los Angeles Region and joining the Institute, he worked on international trade and environmental Issues in Washington, D.C. Mark received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia and University of Virginia school of Law.


Contact Information:

Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI), Occidental College
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041-3314

Maintained by the Trade, Health & Environment Impact Project