Luskin Center News

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November

November 13, 2018
When and how much electricity is consumed matters for the environment. The electricity you consume is likely to be cleaner at noon when the sun is shining on solar panels than in the early evening when the grid may rely more on fossil fuel generators. This is why demand response programs can help electricity customers understand when to conserve electricity to maximize savings and better help the environment and the grid.

August

August 31, 2018
Luskin Center for Innovation director joins environment champion and Nobel laureate at global Climate Reality leadership trainingBy Stan Paul ‘We’re going to win this. … Have no doubt about that, we will win this.’ — Al Gore 
August 09, 2018
UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation is a partner in two climate research grants totaling more than $4 million from the Strategic Growth Council  By: Colleen Callahan Record-breaking heat and scorching summer wildfires are signs of a hotter California. As part of efforts to further knowledge and action on climate change, the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation (LCI) is part of two winning partnership grants ─ totaling more than $4 million ─ awarded by California’s Strategic Growth Council.
August 06, 2018
Luskin Center for Innovation releases study that quantifies statewide employment benefits from billions of dollars in California Climate Investments   By Colleen Callahan
August 02, 2018
New report from UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and Next 10 details how Community Choice Aggregators are driving change but with negligible grid impactAugust 2, 2018 Communities across California are forming Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) at a rapid rate since 2010, with over half of them starting within the last two years. County and city governments administer CCAs as local alternatives to investor-owned utilities (IOUs).

July

July 25, 2018
Water-scarce urban areas in California miss out on billions of gallons of fresh water each year  as rain washes into storm drains and out to sea. A nearly $2 million grant-funded project seeks to transform University of California campuses into living laboratories that show how urban storm water can safely augment water supplies and minimize flood risk.
July 25, 2018
In 2012, California became the only state in the nation to legally recognize a Human Right to Water, per Assembly Bill 685. Unfortunately, mistrust of tap water has been a persistent challenge, undermining this right, and resulting in negative health and affordability consequences for households.
July 25, 2018
As water supplies in California become less reliable due to a shifting climate, pursuing alternatives to imported water has become essential. Among the alternatives to imports, advanced recycled water for direct potable reuse is a strategy that may be implemented across the state once developing regulations are finalized. By reducing the distance that water travels, this strategy would also reduce the energy required to bring clean water to the tap.
July 18, 2018
A study by R. Jisung Park, assistant professor of public policy and Luskin Center scholar, is cited in the online story that accompanies a recent NPR “Morning Edition” piece about the impact of hot weather on brain function. Compared with a 72-degree day, “taking an exam on a 90◦F day leads to a 10.9 percent lower likelihood of passing a particular subject (e.g.