Luskin Center News

Luskin Center News


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.


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 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 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 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 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.