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Equitable Electrification of Existing Buildings: A Pathway to Decarbonization

What’s involved when someone wants to electrify an existing home or multi-family building? Often times, a homeowner or landlord experiences unexpected complications when trying to retrofit their building. This study will assess the equity implications and costs of electrification for priority populations living and working in existing buildings.

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LADWP – LA100 Equity Strategies Initiative

CCSC, in collaboration with UCLA Sustainable Grand Challenge LA, and other Campus researchers are conducting research for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to help the city achieve its goal of producing all of its energy from carbon-free and renewable energy sources by 2035 and doing so in ways that benefit all Angelenos equitably. More detailed data collection and analysis will be important in this effort and others, and it will be led by CCSC, specifically leveraging its Energy Atlas, which can show city officials where resources are being consumed and at what level, down to the individual building or unit.

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Community Solar Opportunities Map

Where is the best place to put solar panels in your neighborhood? The solar opportunity map is a web tool built to assist community-based organizations to access data necessary to identify high potential sites for community solar or resiliency centers within LA County. The California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA is developing this tool as an interactive, web-based platform to help locate, filter, and prioritize sites on publicly-owned properties throughout Los Angeles county that are good candidates to host rooftop and/or carport canopy solar PV systems. Installing additional distributed solar PV can help improve local energy system resilience, advance community-scale Zero Net Energy goals, and enhance grid reliability.

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UCLA Energy Atlas

The UCLA Energy Atlas is the first of its kind interactive web atlas that provides access to the largest and most disaggregated building energy data available in the nation. It now comprises data from both Southern California and the Bay Area.

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Water Management Conservation and Planning

In light of recent droughts, California is exploring ways of using water more wisely, eliminating water waste and strengthening local drought resilience. CCSC is working as part of a multi-institutional…

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Los Angeles Sustainability Plan

The County of Los Angeles has developed the first county-wide sustainability plan, and has contracted with UCLA, in collaboration with the engineering firm Buro Happold, and with Liberty Hill Foundation.…

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The Healthy Home Study

As California moves forward with its aggressive agenda to decarbonize its energy system, care must be taken to assess the degree to which its pursuit of various energy system transformation pathways is likely to result in additional benefits for Californians. One extremely important category of benefits is the reduction of health risks that result from exposure to natural gas combustion by-products, both from appliances within homes and from grid scale generation stations.

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Climate Change in Los Angeles County: Grid Vulnerability to Extreme Heat

In this project, UCLA and Arizona State University researchers developed a sophisticated and in-depth description of future electricity demand, grid response, and vulnerability due to increased heat events in Southern California Edison territory under current and future climate scenarios. The project's findings enable innovative grid management and operation strategies and identify adaptation guidance.

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LA Water Hub

The Water Hub is a dynamic visualization and mapping platform (http://waterhub.ucla.edu); an online data repository for viewing and finding water-related information in Los Angeles County.

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Energy and Air Quality Environmental Report Card

In conjunction with Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, CCSC staff contribute to the the development of environmental report cards to evaluate LA county’s progress towards environmental sustainability. In 2015, UCLA’s Institute…

Publications

A tale of urban forest patch governance in four eastern US cities

Anita T. Morzillo, Lindsay K. Campbell, Kristen L. King, Katherine J. Lautar, Lydia Scott, Michelle L. Johnson, Mysha Clarke, Luke Rhodes, Stephanie Pincetl, Nancy F. Sonti, Dexter H. Locke, John Paul Schmit, Robert T. Fahey, Matthew E. Baker, Lindsay Darling, Lea R. Johnson

Published Work | 2022 | Urban Forestry & Urban Greening

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Net GHG Emissions and Air Quality Outcomes from Different Residential Building Electrification Pathways within a California Disadvantaged Community

Eric Daniel Fournier, Felicia Federico, Robert Cudd, Stephanie Pincetl, Alex Ricklefs, Marc Costa, Michael Jerrett, Diane Garcia-Gonzales

Published Work | 2022 | Sustainable Cities and Society

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Cities are not isolates: To reduce their impacts a change in urban-rural interdependencies and the direction of modernity are required

Stephanie Pincetl, Ph.D.

Published Work | 2022 | Advances in Applied Energy

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Community Scale Solar & Energy Resilience in California’s Disadvantaged Communities

CCSC Staff

Working Paper | 2022

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An Evaluation of the Motivations Regulating the Privacy of Utility Customer Data Through Legal Philosophies and Precedents

Vivian Luk. Sustainable Los Angeles Grand Challenge URSP. Mentors: Dr. Stephanie Pincetl, Sebastian Solarte, Lauren Strug

Presentation | 2022

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