Topic “Urban Greening & Complete Streets”

Urban Greening & Complete Streets

Supporting efforts to create environmentally sustainable and healthy communities

The Luskin Center’s Urban Greening Initiative has grown from its original focus on complete streets. Complete, living streets safely accomodate all users--including cyclists and pedestrians--and provide environmental, economic and social benefits. The Complete Streets Program is a UCLA Luskin School wide initiative now housed in the Lewis Center. 

Urban greening efforts aim to restore natural processes and habitats in and around communities, connecting neighborhoods to each other and their surrounding environment. Research has shown that both having access to natural spaces and engaging in active transportation (biking, walking, etc.) can provide mental and physical health benefits.

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For more information, contact Kelsey Jessup, initiative project manager. 
Other researchers include:
Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Professor, UCLA Urban Planning Department
Madeline Brozen, Associate Director, UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies
Colleen Callahan, Deputy Director, UCLA Luskin Center
Nicholas Chow, Water Engineering Project Manager, UCLA Luskin Center
Rebecca Ferdman, Graduate Student Researcher
Gregory Pierce, Senior Researcher, UCLA Luskin Center 


Bruce Kennedy

A 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.

In December 2012, LA Metro adopted a Countywide Sustainability Planning Policy and Implementation Plan that outlined steps to expand and improve Metro’s role as a leader in sustainability, as result of this policy adoption Metro is moving forward with a Complete Streets Policy and multimodal performance metrics for transportation projects in 2014.


Supporting the transition to electric-drive, alternative-fuel, and autonomous vehicles through innovative research and decision support.
Developing strategies to spur renewable energy and energy efficiency in California.
Supporting the creation and implementation of state and local policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing local economic, environmental, and public health benefits.
Enhancing the role of information and communications technologies in the 21st century.
Advancing policy, economic, and technological solutions that support sustainable water systems and water use behavior in California.
Supporting efforts to create environmentally sustainable and healthy communitiesThe Luskin Center’s Urban Greening Initiative has grown from its original focus on complete streets.

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Delia Arriaga et al
Dennis Avila, Bert Pineda, Taro Tokai, Wendy Yanan Wang
UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation