robert cudd, mpp

Robert Cudd, MPP

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

Energy policy, urban planning, and the de-carbonization of thermal energy

Robert Cudd is a research analyst whose work focuses on energy policy, urban planning, and the de-carbonization of thermal energy. His previous projects include a study of how partisan control of state and local governments influences sea level rise adaptation efforts, and measuring the extent to which climate change has reversed the progress made by vehicle use and emissions policy in Mexico City. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and a Masters of Public Policy.

Robert is currently conducting a study of community-scale solar water heating in Los Angeles County, the purpose of which is to estimate the technology’s potential to reduce gas consumption and the carbon-intensity of residential water heating. He is also involved with UCLA Library’s efforts to make high-resolution aerial imagery and LiDAR data collected by the Los Angeles Regional Imagery Acquisition Consortium (LARIAC) available to campus users and researchers.


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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.…

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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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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