Topic “Urban Greening & Complete Streets”

Urban Greening & Complete Streets

Paving the way for complete, living streets that create vibrant, productive and sustainable communities.

The UCLA Complete Streets Initiative is a Luskin School of Public Affairs-wide program working to achieve more livable and complete streets for people in the Los Angeles region. Complete streets enable people to travel safely regardless of their transportation mode, ability or age. The Initiative expands beyond complete streets to also encompass living streets concepts in street design in areas such as, street-water management, landscaping and fostering vibrant economic development.  The program advances complete streets through 1) creating decision support tools for community stakeholders and civic partners, 2) promoting education opportunities, and 3) public outreach and research. Our approach is cross-disciplinary, requiring input from academics and professionals within urban planning, public health, architecture, engineering, safety and economic development, among others. The Complete Streets Initiative is supported by the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, the Luskin Center for Innovation and the Dean’s Office of the Luskin School of Public Affairs. For more information, please go to Complete Streets.

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.
Paving the way for complete, living streets that create vibrant, productive and sustainable communities.
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.