Luskin Center News

Luskin Center News

August

August 08, 2017
Public parks can help users escape from screens and gadgets, but technology can also now help parks better serve diverse groups of users. Imagine playgrounds that are digitally interactive learning spaces, colorful walking tiles that produce energy for lighting, and apps that help users plan their visits with real-time parking, air quality and temperature updates. 

June

June 22, 2017
Where will the water of our future come from? In the face of Southern California’s expected climate variability and droughts conditions, the use of recycled water ― water that was previously distributed, used, recollected, and cleaned for reuse ― will quickly increase for industrial, agricultural, commercial, and eventually even residential uses. What will it mean for Los Angeles to transition to a system more heavily dependent on recycled water? Who would produce it? What energy and infrastructure challenges would this entail? 

May

May 08, 2017
By George Foulsham After decades of dominance by electricity monopolies, California is experiencing the emergence of community choice aggregators, a new type of utility that provides cities and counties the opportunity to choose what kinds of energy to purchase for their needs.
May 04, 2017
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May 03, 2017
Gift from Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation will support researchers, including a team from the Luskin Center for Innovation, working to convert carbon dioxide into building material

April

April 17, 2017
What if you knew exactly when electricity prices increased each day and what to unplug or lower use of during those times to save money and help the environment? This might seem too good to be true for those of us accustomed to getting an energy bill without the details behind the costs. But new technology is making real-time energy information and “demand response” a reality, rewarding homeowners who make smart, informed energy-use decisions.
April 06, 2017
An Interview with CPUC Commissioner Carla PetermanAfter serving on the California Energy Commission, Carla Peterman was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission in 2012. She is a champion of electric vehicles, energy efficiency, energy storage and other areas in which California has led the rest of the nation. We take a look at her accomplishments and advice for the next generation of clean energy advocates.
April 04, 2017
 The California Air Resources Board has commissioned the Luskin Center to conduct two studies, to be released in the summer of 2017 and the other in 2018, that will inform California's climate choices in this new era of climate policy. 

March

March 02, 2017
By Aaron Julian“Every Californian should think about water the same way they think about electricity — you just don’t waste it.”This sentiment expressed by Debbie Franco of the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research is typical of the conservation advice offered by a panel of water experts during a Feb. 22, 2017, presentation at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

January

January 31, 2017
Safe water access, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices continue to be an endemic problem which impairs household health and livelihoods, especially in low and middle income countries. As part of the Sustainable Water Initiative at the Luskin Center, Dr. Greg Pierce supervised four UCLA undergraduates, Caroline Fernandes, Claudia Flores, Gabrielle Montalbano, Harveen Sekhon to conduct a thorough evaluation of a WASH improvement program implemented in eight villages located in the Nama Sub-County of Uganda.