Mark Gold

Associate Vice-Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability

Mark is the UCLA Associate Vice-Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability and was recently the Acting Director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.  In his current position, he works to increase interdisciplinary environmental research, and he is leading UCLA’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge - with goals of achieving 100% local water supply and 100% renewable energy in Los Angeles County while enhancing biodiversity and human health and wellbeing by 2050. He worked with 28 faculty to develop the Sustainable LA workplan, and there are over 200 faculty that are part of the Sustainable LA research team.  Also, he was the long-time President of the environmental group, Heal the Bay. Mark received his Bachelors and Masters in Biology and his doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from UCLA.  He has worked extensively over the last 30 years in the field of coastal protection, water management, and urban sustainability; he created Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card for the west coast of the U.S., and he has helped write numerous water quality, coastal protection, urban sustainability and environmental education laws and policies. He recently led a research effort on sustainable water management in the city of Los Angeles. Previous research focused on beach water quality and the health risks of swimming at polluted beaches. Currently, he is a member of the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors for the city of Los Angeles and Mayor Garcetti’s Water Cabinet. Also, he serves on the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) – Citizens Oversight Board.