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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, investments and plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing local resilience, environmental, public health, and economic 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 urban greening efforts―in public parks, streets and beyond―to restore natural processes and habitats while connecting neighborhoods to each other and their environment.

Sean Kennedy

Sean is a second-year Master of Urban & Regional Planning student at the University of California, Los Angeles, and will be commencing the PhD in Urban Planning at UCLA in fall 2014. Before moving to Los Angeles from his native Australia, Sean gained academic and professional experience in the field of environmental economics, and was closely involved with the development and implementation of the Australian government’s national carbon pricing policy. Sean’s studies at UCLA have focused on the social and environmental implications of emerging forms of market-based environmental regulation through the lens of regional economic development. His summer internship with the World Agroforestry Centre in Indonesia examined the potential for sustainability standards and certification of natural rubber plantations throughout Southeast Asia.

Read Sean's thesis: From certification outcomes to certification processes: Demand, supply and adoption of eco‑certification along the natural rubber supply chain