Areas of Expertise:
coastal protection | climate change | pollution | water quality | environmental education | beaches | oceans
Mark Gold is the associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability at UCLA and an expert coastal protection and climate change. A prominent environmentalist, Gold, who is a member of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, is recognized as one of California’s leading environmental opinion makers. He is the former president of Heal the Bay, a nonprofit environmental organization that protects Southern California coastal waters and watersheds.
Gold has worked extensively during the last 20 years on coastal protection and water pollution. In particular he has worked on research projects on urban runoff pollution, DDT and PCB contamination in fish, and the health risks of swimming at runoff contaminated beaches. He created Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card, and has authored or co-authored numerous California coastal protection, water quality and environmental education bills.
Gold is the head of Sustainable L.A., UCLA’s effort to turn Los Angeles into a more sustainable, self-sufficient city in ways that could be replicated globally.