The Backyard BI(h)OME aligns with the goal of UCLA’s Grand Challenge of “achieving 100 percent sustainability in energy, water and biodiversity by 2050” in Los Angeles.

Grand Challenges: A social movement for the greater good

The UCLA Grand Challenges initiative connects faculty, students and supporters from all disciplines, working together to solve critical issues. A holistic approach is taken to research, bringing passionate participants together to dream big and think about what they can achieve with their sights set on common goals.


What makes the program unique?

UCLA Grand Challenge Projects are carefully developed to meet particular criteria. They must be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound and capture the public’s imagination. Drawing on campus experts who approach each topic from varying perspectives, UCLA is strategically positioned to address each Grand Challenge Project. The first Grand Challenge Project is to make the Los Angeles region 100 percent sustainable in water and energy without harming biodiversity by the year 2050, making the region a model for the world. The Backyard BI(h)OME is a human-scale contribution to meeting the goals of the Grand Challenge and the first project to move to a prototype stage.