California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA

Lecture Series

A Conversation on Politics, Ethics and Well-Being in the Anthropocene

In collaboration with UCLA IoES, UCLA School of Law and the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters in the Fielding School of Public Health.


Please join our expert panel as we explore the ways democratic politics, law and ethics can serve our collective well-being and public health in a world where climate change and corrosive politics affect our daily lives and visions of our future. Directions and Parking Speakers:   Dale Jamieson NYU College of Arts and Science Emma...

Special Event

World Water Day Symposium

Is conservation "worth it" in a post-drought environment?


Confirmed panelists include: Dr. Stephanie Pincetl and Dr. Erik Porse  | UCLA California Center for Sustainable Communities Tim Becker | Theodore Payne Foundation Janet Hartin | University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources James Del Monaco | Director of Sustainability & Mechanical Engineer, P2S Engineering Grady Lee | Impact 2030  

Lecture Series

The City and The River

The series expands the conversation around urban issues critical to Los Angeles and familiar to designers and thinkers from all over the world.


The City and The River series is the theme of the 2016-17 joint school debate series that began last year with Drought and Beauty. Each event includes two lectures from prominent landscape architects and allied professionals (one based in L.A., one from elsewhere) followed by a moderated debate on a theme that will change annually. The...



Inhabiting a Post-Urban Twenty-First Century

The capitalist paradigm as a world economic system that works for people and the planet is failing. For cities and nature, shifting graciously and well into the Anthropocene requires a fundamentally different political-economy that reflects new ethics and priorities.



Los Angeles Park Advocates – Prescient Planners for the Future

Stephanie Pincetl, Director California Center for Sustainable Cities Institute of the Environment and Sustainability November 13, 2017 The City of Los Angeles has a modest yet persistent program, supported by advocates, to add more parks, particularly in areas considered “park-poor”, based on some comparable metric. While it may not be obvious why voters are supporting...



With drought a fading memory, water use rises

Experts said conservation is simply a tougher sell after a rainy winter. Conservation feels less urgent and competes with countless other advertisements, news stories and distractions. But that messaging can’t go on and off with the weather, says Stephanie Pincetl, a professor of sustainability at UCLA.



Opponents make 11th-hour bid to stop Newhall Ranch development

Stephanie Pincetl, a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, said the ultimate decision on whether the project moves forward will depend on how broadly a judge interprets the developer’s obligations under the California Environmental Quality Act. “Newhall … complied with the letter of the law," she said. “It’ll depend on the judge and if the judge is willing to look at the larger set of impacts and not rule in a very narrow way.”



Will the Pineapple Express end California’s drought?

California is facing a major storm this weekend and another next week. We expect to get six feet of snow and 12 inches of rain. Even with the storms, Santa Barbara’s main source of water is in trouble.



Morphology, Generosity, and the Nature of Cities

Dr. Pincetl’s latest post in the Nature of Cities. I have been reading an extraordinary book by Marwa Al-Sabouni: The Battle for Home: the Vision of a Young Architect in Syria, who posits the critical importance of urbanism for the nature of a city—its feeling, its generosity, its openness to all regardless of difference. She...



Post-carbon Cities – the Urgency of Now

Post carbon cities are post-waste cities that confront the reality of our limited resources and overtaxed planet. Compost will be a way of life, as will sophisticated recycling and supply chain management. We no longer assume unlimited energy and planetary resources. We understand that our margin for resource extravagance is now razor-thin and that we can’t just override the constraints of natural systems by applying more brute carbon based energy. Earth resources are finite; its atmosphere sensitive. Instead, we recycle and repurpose as much as possible. Post carbon is about doing more — and better — with less.



Water Management in Los Angeles County: a Research Report

Water Management in Los Angeles County: a Research Report PI: Stephanie Pincetl, Director CCSC Co-PI Madelyn Glickfeld, Director WRG In 2012, the Haynes Foundation awarded the California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC) at UCLA a multi-year grant to research the water management and supply system in Los Angeles County. This research was designed to assess the...



LA Energy Atlas Update

Since the launch of the Los Angeles Energy Atlas ( in 2015, CCSC has been collecting, processing, mapping, and analyzing updated building energy consumption data for Los Angeles County and beyond. See attached for more details on the updates underway. LA Energy Atlas Updates



Cheap Solar is Great, but Don’t Forget About Storage

Cheap Solar is Great, but Don’t Forget About Storage By Eric Daniel Fournier, M.A., M.E.Sc., Ph.D. How Low Can Solar Go? In June of this year, the global news media reverberated with reports of a record shattering low bid for the world’s cheapest commercial solar installation. The bid was the best of five submitted by a...



Conflict and Change in LA Water: Deciphering meaning and clarifying goals

Marcia Hale presented at the annual conference of the American Association of Geographers in March 2016, exploring conflict and change in the Los Angeles urban water system. Many changes are being proposed for this system as a result of compounding pressures including drought and an aging infrastructure. CCSC research found strong variation in the objectives driving...