Topic “Urban Greening & Complete Streets”

Urban Greening & Complete Streets

Supporting efforts to create environmentally sustainable, active, and healthy communities

More than 50% of the global population lives in cities, and this proportion is only due to increase. We have an opportunity both to rectify past environmental damage and improve quality of life by mainstreaming conservation and greening efforts in the urban environment. Urban greening aims to restore natural resources and habitats in and around communities, creating greater connection for neighborhoods to each other and their surrounding environment. Urban greening activities include restoring or enhancing forests, parks, community gardens, rivers and their greenways, bicycle and pedestrian trails, green roofs, green infrastructure, and open space. Research has shown that access to green and natural spaces provide mental and physical health benefits for urban populations, can provide habitat for wildlife, and contribute to ecosystem health and functioning.

The Luskin Center’s urban greening initiative has grown from its original complete streets area to a broader scope. The Complete Streets Initiative is a Luskin School of Public Affairs-wide program working to achieve more livable and complete streets for people in the LA region. More information can be found on the UCLA Lewis Center website.

Our approach to urban greening is cross-disciplinary, utilizing input from
academics and professionals within urban planning, public policy, public
health, architecture and design, engineering, ecology, safety and economic

Active initiative research areas include:

For more information, please contact initiative lead Kelsey Jessup:

Other UCLA collaborators include:

Colleen Callahan, Deputy Director, UCLA Luskin Center

Gregory Pierce, Senior Researcher, UCLA Luskin Center

Nicholas Chow, Water Engineering Project Manager, UCLA Luskin Center

Rebecca Ferdman, UCLA MPP Student ‘18

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, UCLA Urban Planning Department, Professor

Madeline Brozen, UCLA Lewis Center, Associate Director


Forthcoming and recent events:



Select Publications

Rachel Lindt, Colleen Callahan, and J.R. DeShazo
Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Madeline Brozen, Colleen Callahan
Supported by Ryan Snyder Associates, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation


Mary Ellen Hannibal
By Mary Ellen Hannibal

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.


Developing strategies to spur renewable energy and energy efficiency in California.
Advancing policy, economic, and technological solutions that support sustainable water systems and water use behavior in California.
Supporting the transition to electric-drive, alternative-fuel, and autonomous vehicles through innovative research and decision support.
Enhancing the role of information and communications technologies in the 21st century.
Strengthening state and local governments' capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.

Initiative Archives

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