Topic “Initiatives”


The mission of the Luskin Center is to unite the intellectual capital of UCLA with forward-looking civic leaders to address the most pressing issues confronting our community, nation, and world. To achieve this mission, the Luskin Center is organized around initiatives that seek to translate world-class research and expertise into real-world policy solutions. See the side bars for links to our various initiative pages. Cross-cutting themes across many of our initiative areas include sustainability, technology, and environmental justice.

The initiatives also share a theme of civic partnership. Successful initiatives require a team of innovative thinkers as well as receptive and committed civic leaders. Working closely with elected officials, non-profit organizations, and community and business leaders, the Luskin Center addresses environmental sustainability in California through a mixture of scholarship, research, and community engagement.


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.

Initiative Archives

Supporting the dissemination of clean technologies and the greening of other sectors.
Progressing health and environmental safety assessment and protection in the field of engineered nanomaterials.