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Sustainable Environment Institute at
Los Angeles Community College District

Need help to embedd environmental equityinto your curricullum?Click"curriculum resources "for the SEI collection


How does heat impact health in your community? Find out here.

UCLA Heat Maps display the daily excess number of emergency room (ER) visits and rate of excess ER visits (number of visits per 10,000 persons per day) due to extreme heat across the state. 

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Heat can complicate your daily commute. Hotter days can mean more stress, more road rage, and more hours exposed to heat. Here are some tips to make your commute safer and a little less difficult. #HeatSafeLA

Taking care of your well-being when it’s hot means taking care of both your physical AND mental health. Extreme heat can add to the burden of everyday stress and affect your mental health. For assistance, visit or call 800-854-7771. #HeatSafeLA

The May, 2024 SEI Update Newsletter is out.  Feel free to share!

Our news team has downtime over the summer.  Look for our next SEI Update in early September 24

Our last Spring 24 semester workshop - in May - was on strategies for embedding climate literacy across disciplines. We showcased several district faculty and the amazing work they are doing to bring environmental equity into their classrooms. 

We will hold this workshop again in the fall as part of our Fall 24 semester lineup.  Stay tuned to our calendar.  And/or feel free to link to the recording of this workshop below

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The SEI’s own Xiao Behlendorf has prepared a webpage via the LA Valley College library that hosts resources for faculty and students in confronting this challenge.  Beginning with a useful definition of this phenomenon, the site offers links to book titles and short reviews as well as articles. There are podcasts and videos as well as links to local environmental organizations where students can volunteer, intern, and even get paid positions.  Most importantly, the page offers several organizations that can help people facing a mental health crisis.  The tab on Climate Crisis Conversations hosts 17 of them running from 30 minutes to 1 hour. The TED talk on mental health is also very well selected.  Xiao was recently featured in the Valley Star for her work at the LAVC Library.

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Recently the national availability of an emergency phone number, 988, is now national service for the most immediate help in a crisis.  The issue is also getting attention in the LACCD so that Student Health services on each campus are stepping up their capacity to help students distressed by the tsunami of bad news. The SEI hosted a roundtable of sorts on November 10 as part of the Professional Development College series of Summer/Fall talks.  See other article here on the planned schedule for these talks.

Beth Abels
George Leddy
Xiao Behlendorf

David Beaulieu

July 11, 2024


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