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January 29, 2015
We can't afford not to take advantage of vehicle automation technologies. With proper design, testing and regulation, advanced vehicle automation has the potential to greatly reduce the number of injuries and fatalities attributable to motor vehicle accidents.Vehicle automation has already provided important safety advantages. Technologies such as electronic stability control — which improves performance on turns and slippery surfaces — and anti-lock brakes have been around for many years, and...
July 29, 2014
UCLA and EDF release new report identifying opportunities to curb climate pollution and spur thousands of clean energy jobs in Los Angeles CountyThe adage “think globally but act locally” had new resonance for me on a recent trip to rural Wisconsin. At the time, I was putting the finishing touches on the Los Angeles Solar and Efficiency Report (LASER). Debuting today, LASER is a data-driven mapping tool designed to help communities identify opportunities to save households money, create clean...
April 02, 2014
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Written by BRUCE KENNEDY via CBS MONEYWATCHA series of reports and studies are painting an intriguing picture of the future of transportation in the U.S. -- one that involves a possible shift away from cars.The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) said in March that Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation last year, the highest annual figure for public transit ridership in 57 years. And while the number of vehicle miles traveled on the nation's roads was up 0.3...
November 09, 2011
From L to R: Richard Hansen (AECOM), Glen MacDonald (UCLA), Magali Delmas (UCLA), Dave Holly (SCE), Robert Kleiman (Structure Home), and Brian Dennison (IGo). Executives met to discuss conservation strategies to improve profit margins while benefiting the environment. Magali Delmas, Luskin Center Scholar and Professor of Management affiliated with both the IOES nad the Anderson School of Management, presents her research on  large-scale behavioral experiments in eneryg conservaton...
November 03, 2011
The Wall Street Journal lambasted California for its climate policies this week, just a day before the Los Angeles Times reported that "Clean-tech venture funding jumps as other sectors go wanting," with Californhia the overwhelming leader.  Did WSJ miss the link between California's environmental leadership and its clean-tech industry leadership, or more specifically the ability of California's climate regulations to help spur innovations in clean energy and other sectors? In response to...
October 28, 2011
Matt Kahn, Luskin Center Scholar and Professor in the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Department of Economics, and Department of Public Policy, is quoted in a Washington Post piece about California's adoption of a cap-and-trade program. An excerpt is included below.As the old Louis Brandeis quip goes, states can serve as laboratories of democracy if they so choose. And California has just volunteered itself as a guinea pig for a particularly high-stakes experiment. The...
August 05, 2011
An interesting working paper from Olga Hawn, Aaron Chatterji, and Will Mitchell addresses this question. A blog post by Luskin Center Scholar Magali Delmas, as published in Organizations and the Natural Environment, gets to the heart of the answer and by doing so reveals why environmental reputation is important to some companies. To read the full entry, click here.
August 03, 2011
Matthew Kahn, a Luskin Center Scholar and Professor with the Institute of the Environment & Sustainability and the departments of Public Policy and Economics, has written three books: "Green Cities" (Brookings Institution Press); "Heroes and Cowards" (Princeton University Press, jointly with Dora L. Costa); and "Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter World" (Basic Books, 2010). His op ed ran originally on July 29 in the Christian Science Monitor.In Japan...
April 16, 2011
 Governor Brown Signs SB 2x California Governor Jerry Brown, on April 12, 2011, signed into law a new requirement that California get 33% of its electricity from renewable sources by the year 2020, reports the LA Times.  Brown's signature raises the former renewable-energy mandate of 20% “Calling the law the most ambitious clean-energy effort in the nation, the governor predicted that it would help jump-start the state's economy. He said he expects the aggressive shift away from...
March 12, 2011
The New Republic describes the extreme concentration in just a few metropolitan areas of the U.S. clean technology (cleantech) firms honored in the Global Cleantech 100 list of the top private companies in cleantech. The results are promising for cleantech development proponents in Los Angeles and also underscore the importance of leading research universities.“…Of the 58 U.S. based companies listed on the Cleantech 100 list, almost all of them are headquartered in large metropolitan areas....