California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA


Special Event

Introducing Los Angeles Region Imagery Acquisition Consortium (LARIAC) Program at UCLA

LA County Geographic Information Office introducing high-resolution aerial imagery and associated data to the campus community


Recently UCLA became a member of the Los Angeles Region Imagery Acquisition Consortium (LARIAC) Program, which provides access to high-resolution aerial imagery of LA County. Access to LARIAC imagery is an invaluable resource to those conducting research at UCLA, particularly research on Los Angeles County. On May 22, 2018, the LA County Geographic Information Office will...

Special Event

Big Coupled Data for Sustainable Urban Systems: Examples from Los Angeles

International Society for Industrial Ecology Webinar


In an era where cities are actively developing urban sustainability goals, too often, the right kinds of “Big Data” are not adequately gathered to guide new programs and policies. Dr. Stephanie Pincetl, Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, is using Big Data to better understand building energy use and water management in Los Angeles County to...

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...




Stephanie Pincetl in L.A. Times: Here’s how city dwellers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming

That can be a challenge, since many people want to keep up with ever-changing trends, said Stephanie Pincetl, director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, who was not involved in the report. Pincetl recommends buying high-quality items that will last a long time. “It sounds like deprivation, but it’s also a way...



Evaluating Landscape Effects of Turf Replacement

Erik Porse and Stephanie Pincetl of UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability work with Diane Pataki, professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah and Tom Gillepsie, professor in the School of Geography at UCLA, to investigate the effects of turf replacement. Link to Full Article | Link to Blog...



Climate Change could lead to Blackouts in Los Angeles

In this radio story, Stephanie Pincetl of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability spoke with Yale Climate Connections about extreme heat and how it may affect the grid in L.A..



Stephanie Pincetl awarded the 2019 Meredith F. Burrill Award

Stephanie Pincetl, University of California Los Angeles, has been an intellectual leader in the field of urban sustainability, known particularly for her extensive research on urban metabolism and effective resource management governance structures. Her academic success is unquestionable, with one monograph and some 90 peer-reviewed scholarly works in the leading journals of her field. More...



Stephanie Pincelt and Jennifer Jay in the Daily Bruin

UCLA’s Daily Bruin asked IoES professor Jennifer Jay and researcher Stephanie Pincetl how students can be more sustainable in 2019. Jay spoke about food choices and Pincetl spoke about energy and water choices. 



New management strategies may help Los Angeles avoid future water crises

Stephanie Pincetl is Professor-in-Residence at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA. In this UPI article, she discusses LA’s water future and what may stand in the way. 



Study Finds Los Angeles is Getting Hotter, Threatening Electric Reliability

“We need to move to a decarbonized economy, and that will require significant changes in land use, among other factors,” said Stephanie Pincetl, project principal investigator, professor in residence and director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities Institute of the Environment.



Evidence floods in for support of stormwater collection and usage under Measure W

Angelenos will vote Tuesday on Measure W, a parcel tax of 2.5 cents per square foot of impermeable space on private property. If approved, the measure would generate an estimated $300 million dollars to collect and clean up stormwater. According to the Los Angeles Times, the average single-family house would pay $83 dollars annually.



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.”