The California Center for Sustainable Communities conducts research on water, energy, and urban ecosystems at numerous scales, with grants from the City of LA, the County of LA, state and federal agencies. We work to develop replicable methods that inform policy regionally, statewide, and potentially nationally and internationally. Our research is used to advance knowledge among communities of scholarship and practice about ways to advance equitable urban sustainability and resilience.

Dr. Stephanie Pincetl is Professor-in-Residence at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Founding Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA.

Dr. Pincetl’s leadership is supported through a generous grant by the Pritzker Family Foundation, which is dedicated to investing in institutions that focus on preserving and sustaining our environment for generations to come.

Dr. Pincetl assembled the winning team for the first ever Los Angeles County Sustainability Plan, bringing together BuroHappold (the international engineering firm) and Liberty Hill (the social and environmental justice foundation), as partners with UCLA’s CCSC, the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge and the UCLA School of Law. The CCSC was instrumental in shaping what the board of supervisors has called the biggest and most ambitious sustainability plan in the nation.

CCSC is increasingly recognized as pioneering new analysis methods to assist in the energy transition toward electrification and for providing insights into the potential for unequal outcomes for disadvantaged communities. CCSC is working with these communities to empower them to participate in policy dialogues and decisions through grants from the California Energy Commission and the Strategic Growth Council. Our Energy Atlas harnesses a sophisticated coupling of sociodemographic data, energy consumption, and building attributes, with grid capacity and solar rooftop potential, to help make these conversations possible. 

Understanding the role of how cities are built with respect to heat exposure is increasingly important. Our work assessing the impacts of high heat on the grid has provided critical insights about energy production and transmission in regions, such as Los Angeles, where more frequent high heat days are expected. 

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