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Felicia Federico D.Env.

Executive Director

California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA

UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, 619 Charles E. Young Drive East, LaKretz Hall – Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

Campus Mailcode: 149606


Pronouns: she/her

Dr. Federico is the Executive Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA. She is responsible for advancing all aspects of CCSC work, including research initiative conceptualization, proposal writing, interdisciplinary project management, and strategic partnership development. Current research projects include grants from the California Energy Commission, California Strategic Growth Council, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the County of Los Angeles (for the first Los Angeles County Sustainability Plan). She also collaborates with the UCLA Sustainable Los Angeles Grand Challenge and serves as lead technical author on the Sustainable LA Environmental Report Cards for Los Angeles County.

Dr. Federico’s experience includes work in the private sector (aerospace, petroleum) as well as consulting, prior to academia. Her interdisciplinary education combines expertise in engineering and environmental sciences with an understanding of the legal, policy, economic and social science elements critical to addressing complex environmental challenges.

Focus areas include: energy, water, climate change / sustainability planning, and environmental equity.


  • University of California, Los Angeles: Doctorate, Environmental Science and Engineering
  • University of California, Los Angeles: M.A., Geography
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.: B.S., Mechanical Engineering 

Selected Reports and Publications

  • Porse, E., Fournier, E.D., Cheng, D., Hirashiki, C., Gustafson, H., Federico, F., Pincetl, S. Prioritizing the Locations of Urban Rooftop Solar Energy Resources. Energy Policy, In Review.
  • Fournier, E.D., Federico, F., Porse, E., and Pincetl, S. Effects of Building Size Growth on Residential Energy Efficiency and Conservation in California. Applied Energy, Volume 240, 15 April 2019, Pages 446-452.
  • Gold, M., Federico, F., Rauser, C.L., 2019 Sustainable LA Environmental Report Card for Los Angeles County: Water. In Preparation.
  • Federico, F., Pincetl, S., Fournier, E.D., Porse, E., Chuang, Y., Delmas, M., Williams, R., Perkins, C., Costa, M., Diaz., D. 2018. Accelerating AEC Deployment around Existing Buildings in Disadvantaged Communities through Unprecedented Data Analysis and Comprehensive Community Engagement. California Energy Commission. Publication Number: CEC-500-2019-010.
  • Federico, F., Rauser, C.L., Gold, M., 2017 Sustainable LA Environmental Report Card for Los Angeles County: Energy and Air Quality.
  • Federico, F., Mazor, R., Lee, L., Ostermann-Kelm, S. 2019. Protocol implementation plan for monitoring stream condition in the Mediterranean Coast Inventory and Monitoring Network of Southern California. Natural Resource Report NPS/MEDN/NRR—2019/1875. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Willis, K.S., Ostermann-Kelm, S., Federico, F., Lee, L., MacDonald, G.M., Gillespie, T.W. 2018. Protocol for monitoring landscape dynamics in the Mediterranean Coast Network of southern California. Natural Resource Report NPS/MEDN/NRR—2018/1830. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Gold, M., Pincetl, S., and Federico, F., 2015. 2015 Environmental Report Card for Los Angeles County. http://www.environment.ucla.edu/reportcard/
  • Federico, F., S. Ostermann-Kelm, C. Brigham, and P. Bunje. 2012. A collaborative science agenda on climate change for Southern California coastal national parks. Natural Resource Report NPS/MEDN/NRR—2012/583. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Stein, E.D., Federico, F., Booth, D.B., Bledsoe, B.P., Bowles, C., Rubin, Z., Kondolf, G.M., Sengupta, A., 2012. Hydromodification Assessment and Management in California. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Technical Report 667, April 2012.


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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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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.

community solar opportunities map

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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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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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…

Recent Publications

Building an interactive web mapping tool to support distributed energy resource planning using public participation GIS

Eric D. Fournier, Felicia Federico, Robert Cudd, Stephanie Pincetl

Published Work | 2023 | Applied Geography

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

CCSC Staff

Working Paper | 2022

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Climate Change, Extreme Heat, & the Future of LA’s Electric Power System

Eric D. Fournier, PhD., Felicia Federico, D. Env.; Stephanie Pincetl, PhD

Working Paper | 2021

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Implications of the timing of residential natural gas use for appliance electrification efforts

Eric Daniel Fournier, Robert Cudd, Felicia Federico and Stephanie Pincetl

Published Work | 2020 | Environmental Research Letters

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On energy sufficiency and the need for new policies to combat growing inequities in the residential energy sector

Eric Daniel Fournier, Robert Cudd, Felicia Federico and Stephanie Pincetl

Published Work | 2020 | Elementa: Science of the Anthroprocene

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Net solar generation potential from urban rooftops in Los Angeles

Erik Porse, Eric Fournier, Dan Cheng, Claire Hirashiki, Hannah Gustafson, Felicia Federico, Stephanie Pincetl

Published Work | 2020 | Energy Policy

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CCSC’s Dr. Stephanie Pincetl Presenting the Energy Atlas at the #LGSEC Quarterly Meeting in San Diego, on June 2, 2017

Stephanie Pincetl, Hannah Gustafson

Presentation | 2017

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Dr. Felicia Federico gives AEC project presentation to LA County Supervisor, Hilda Solis’, district.

Presentation | 2017

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2015 Environmental Report Card for Los Angeles County

Mark Gold, Felicia Federico, Stephanie Pincetl

Report Card | 2015

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