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LA Times Boiling Point: California’s clean energy programs are mainly benefiting the rich, CCSC study finds

Led by Eric Fournier, research director at UCLA’s California Center for Sustainable Communities, the team analyzed energy use data for every ZIP Code in Los Angeles County, home to more than 10 million people. They found that people living in areas more likely to be “disadvantaged communities” — defined by state officials as having high...


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Design with Nature is not about Financial Return—It is a Recognition that Humans Rely on Nature

The Nature of Cities:  Nature based solutions, urban ecosystem services, however they are called, have emerged to try to remediate this historical modernist hubris which conceived of cities as technical systems to be placed on landscapes, and their inhabitants as insensate. I am staying in Manchester UK for 6 months investigating the city/region’s goal to...


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Stephanie Pincetl Comments on the Manchester Carbon Neutrality plan

Stephanie Pincetl, Professor in Residence and Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, is currently the Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Manchester in Geography. She was asked by the Manchester Climate Change Agency to comment on the Manchester Carbon Neutrality plan.   Comments on the Manchester Climate Change Framework 2020-2025...


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Alan Barreca and Stephanie Pincetl Weigh in for The Daily Bruin: New UC President must Prioritize Addressing System’s Climate Change Shortcomings

Despite the UC’s hesitant commitment to including climate change on the docket, the regents have yet to add the issue to the official selection criteria. Alan Barreca, an associate professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, reaffirmed this sentiment in an emailed statement, in which he said that the announcement of choosing...


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As Los Angeles pushes for local water, new study explores trade-offs for county’s energy needs

Los Angeles County imports most of its water from distant sources, which is energy-intensive and leaves the region’s water supply vulnerable to disasters like earthquakes.  As Los Angeles County moves toward sourcing more of its water locally, a team of researchers from UCLA and across California have published an analysis of how targeted changes in...