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3 UCLA faculty contribute to Fifth National Climate Assessment

Alison Hewitt

Three UCLA professors contributed to the Fifth National Climate Assessment, a report emphasizing the pervasive and inequitable nationwide harms of climate change, which was released by the White House on Tuesday. Co-authors…

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The LADWP To Expand Free Electric Vehicle Charging Stations In Underserved Communities

Researchers analyzed an archive of energy consumption data and hosted listening sessions to come up with “LA100 Equity Strategies.” The study is a detailed analysis of L.A.’s clean energy investment inequities. It also outlines more than 50 ways officials can address those inequities, including housing, local solar, and truck electrification. Stephanie Pincetl was one of those researchers. She’s a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and founding director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities. Pincetl told LAist the city needs to really communicate the benefits of going 100% renewable with the residents and ratepayers of Los Angeles. That’s not an easy message to get across, she added, and the LADWP can’t do it alone.



Daniel Swain and Alex Hall for NY Times — What an El Niño Winter Could Mean for California

UCLA climate scientists Daniel Swain and Alex Hall were both quoted in a recent article by The New York Times. They discuss what an El Niño winter could mean for California. “This is likely to…

Passing rain clouds at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area in Agua Dulce, California. | Myung J. Chun, LA Times


L.A. is going electric. Can it do so equitably?

Stephanie Pincetl, a lead author and director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, said the assessment is an exceptional example of national and international leadership, but stressed that there is much work yet to be done. “Clearly, inequities are historic and they’re deeply embedded in the city’s bones,” Pincetl said. And while the report outlines a number of strategies, “the challenge today is to figure out which ones are the most urgent, which ones are the medium term and which ones are the longer term.”

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Stephanie Pincetl for New York Times — Los Angeles Will Offer More Energy Incentives to Low-Income Residents

UCLA professor and director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities Stephanie Pincetl discusses the LA 100 Equity Strategies — a report that outlines ways to make LA's transition to 100% renewable energy equitable— for New York Times. "This transition is obviously going to be expensive. Somebody is going to have to pay for all of this.”

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L.A. asks how to equitably achieve 100% clean energy by 2035 – and UCLA answers

Stephanie Pincetl, a co-author of the report and director of the UCLA California Center for Sustainable Communities, welcomed the the initiative, which will kick off with a LADWP project to build, operate and maintain a network of electric vehicle charging stations in underserved communities. “No other utility in the United States has made a commitment to not only 100% renewable but making sure it’s implemented equitably,” Pincetl said. “This is the power of a municipal utility, a utility owned by and for its customers.”


Inconvenient Environmentalist: Peter Kareiva Uncensored

Environmental scientist Peter Kareiva of UCLA has angered fellow environmentalists when talking about the environment. His unique take on things and tell it like it is style allows him to…

UCLA Climate Scientist Aradhna Tripati: #infiniteLA

“I try to connect the research and education that I do on the environment, climate change and earth science to social justice and to the quest to create a much…


LADWP LA100 Equity Strategies Chapter 13. Energy Affordability and Policy Solutions Analysis

Pierce, Gregory; Coffee, Daniel; Sheinberg, Rachel; Patterson, Shona; Trumbull, Kelly ;Dunlap, Lauren; Sundar, Shweta; Pugh, Carolyn; Murillo, Alberto

Working Paper | 2023

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