Professor George Ban-Weiss


Climate change and urban air pollution are two of society’s great challenges. Our research investigates how climate, air quality, and land cover interact from urban to global scales. We also investigate practical solutions for mitigating climate change and air pollution in urban areas. 

Contact info

3620 South Vermont Ave KAP230C

Astani Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Southern California

Phone: +1 213 740 9124

Email: banweiss (at) usc (dot) edu

News highlights:

-Ban-Weiss and his grad student Arash Mohegh were interviewed and featured during this piece on NPR, “What you need to know about LA’s urban heat problem”

-Our research was mentioned in this article at Gizmodo, “The Radical Plan to Cool Down LA as the World Heats Up”

-Ban-Weiss was quoted in the New York Times in an article about cool pavements in Los Angeles

-Here is a nice article in the Huffington Post that summarizes a music concert that I instigated and played bass in that investigates our relationship to the environment through song. Here’s another article from USC.

-Our recent publications on the urban heat island effect and the efficacy of cool roofs in Los Angeles were highlighted in another article in LA Times (link). Also hear a couple ~10 minute live interviews on Southern California Public Radio (KPCC and KCRW).

-Our recent publication on the climate impacts of adopting drought tolerant vegetation highlighted in the LA Times (link).  Also hear a 6-minute interview on Southern California Public Radio (KPCC) here. It was also featured as an EOS Research Spotlight, and there’s another article at KQED.

-Ban-Weiss listed as one of the world’s top 35 innovators under the age of 35 by MIT Tech Review

-See Ban-Weiss at MIT’s Emtech conference using music to describe how we can combat the impacts of climate change (link).