California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA



With Rooftop Solar Energy Out Of Reach For Many, Here’s What ‘Community Solar’ Could Do For Us

“The cost of doing community solar development in urban areas has been one of the factors that's driven the development of solar in desert areas,” said Robert Cudd, who researches community solar at UCLA’s California Center for Sustainable Communities. “You're not just building new infrastructure. You have to find a place, a property, a location in space where you can actually put these things. That has been prohibitively expensive for private solar developers.”


Urban water crises often boil down to classism – Dr. Stephanie Pincetl in Popular Science

Wealthy people generally have the infrastructure to make water available to them, so it’s easier for them to consume it. They also have larger properties to maintain, larger dwelling units, pools, and more, says Stephanie Pincetl, director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA. “In places like the Southwest, we need to aggressively change outdoor landscapes,” says Pincetl. In California, landscape irrigation accounts for about 50 percent of annual residential water consumption. Overall, federal and local governments have a responsibility to manage urban water supplies sustainably and equitably.


Energy Communities Workshop in Colombia

Dr. Stephanie Pincetl, director of the CCSC, and Sebastián Solarte-Caicedo, Ph.D. student in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, participated in the Energy Communities Workshop Series, an event organized…