Luskin Center News

Luskin Center News

July

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.

June

June 26, 2018
New study finds that the Tune In & Tune Up smog repair program in the San Joaquin Valley efficiently tackles pollution and poverty  By Colleen Callahan A 34-year-old mother dropped out of college in San Francisco due to mobility issues. A young couple with four children walked to get around when their vehicles broke down. A homeless woman relies on her car for both housing and travel purposes.

April

April 16, 2018
On May 7, partners from across campus will host a conference highlighting UCLA’s commitment to sustainability and environmental issues at the global level. Water in the Middle East and Africa: A Nexus of Cooperation and Conflict will be a unique opportunity in Los Angeles to explore the critical water challenges facing the regions today – many of which are also present in California and other parts of the world – and the cutting-edge policy and technology solutions to overcome them.
April 09, 2018
By UCLA Samueli NewsroomWorking to upend one of the most stalwart of construction materials, a team of UCLA engineers, scientists and policy experts has advanced to the finals of the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE by successfully creating a version of concrete that is nearly carbon-dioxide-neutral.

February

February 01, 2018
New toolkit produced by the Luskin Center for Innovation provides a guide for making parks more user-friendly and sustainable By George Foulsham The burgeoning world of smart technology includes everything from phones and televisions to thermostats and voice-activated home assistants. Now, thanks to the Luskin Center for Innovation at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, you can add neighborhood parks to the “smart” category.

January

January 29, 2018
In the face of extreme weather, polluted aquifers, overconsumption and other urgent threats to our water supply, Sandra Postel has reason to hope. The leading authority on water sustainability has traveled the world seeking out fresh strategies to protect an ecosystem that is under attack. “Yes, the water cycle is badly broken,” she told a gathering hosted by UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation on Jan. 25.

December

December 14, 2017
New report by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation assesses the options available to Santa Monica and other cities in Los Angeles County Los Angeles County is set to launch its own electricity provider in 2018, giving customers another option besides longtime power company Southern California Edison. Called Los Angeles Community Choice Energy, the County’s venture is part of a wave across California of new community choice aggregators.
December 07, 2017
 Westside Cities as a Case StudyReaching California’s goal of 1.5 million zero emission vehicles by 2025 will require overcoming current obstacles to charging electric vehicles in apartments, condominiums and other multi-unit dwellings (MUDs).
December 05, 2017
Luskin Center’s Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Atlas informs investments, policies and plans to meet consumer demand There were more than 82,000 electric vehicles registered in Southern California between 2011 and 2015. The number of new plug-in electric vehicles registered in Southern California during 2015 increased a whopping 992% from 2011.

November

November 29, 2017
New research by GRID Alternatives and UCLA Luskin Center quantifies the opportunities and potential benefits of solar power on affordable housing units in L.A. CountyBy Colleen Callahan