Supplying water to Californians using traditional conveyance
methods requires nearly 20 percent of the state's energy. Extracting this
embedded energy from gas and coal emits large amounts of greenhouse gases, in
particular, carbon dioxide. The Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) is one of the
first water agencies in the world to supply its customers with carbon-free
water and has consequently become a world leader in sustainability.
A study on residential graywater recycling, funded in part
by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, was published this month in the Journal of the American Water Works Association.
The authors, Zita L. T. Yu, J.R. DeShazo— director of the UCLA Luskin Center,
Michael K. Stenstrom, and Yoram Cohen performed a cost-benefit analysis of
onsite graywater recycling in single-family and multifamily residences.
The UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and the Watershed
Conservation Authority (WCA) co-hosted, in conjunction with North East Trees,
the Lower Los Angeles River: From Gray to
Green workshop on Tuesday, August 18th. The workshop took place
at the beautiful Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach and drew attendees from throughout
Los Angeles County.
PLANNING CALIFORNIA CLIMATE INVESTMENTS IN DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES$2.2 Billion in Climate Investments Expected for 2015-16
Rapidly growing revenues from California’s Cap-and-Trade program, which are
deposited into the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), represent a major new
source of funding for state programs.
Earlier this month, business leaders convened for the Los Angeles Business Council’s Energy and Environment Committee Meeting, where discussion focused on ways to enhance the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) feed-in tariff program as the utility plans to ramp up solar investments. In March, the 100 MW program (the FiT 100) released its fifth and final allocation, marking the end to the country’s largest feed-in tariff. As the Luskin Center for Innovation prepares a forthcoming evaluation of the FiT 100, Director J.R.
Los Angeles Times reporters Ron-Gong Lin II and Priya Krishnakumar wrote two separate articles in May highlighting findings of the Los Angeles County Community Water Systems Atlas and Policy Guide Volume I. This Luskin Center report presents a high-level view of the drinking water systems that serve LA County based on in-depth, system-level profiles of water supply vulnerabilities.
Three foundations are supporting the Luskin Center's development and use of the Los Angeles River Greenway Toolkit. The Luskin Center received core project funding (approximately $80,000) from the The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation in late 2014 and more recently, the center received two additional funding sources. The David Bohnett Foundation awarded a $40,000 grant, and The California Endowment provided a gift of $25,000 that can support technical assistance for grassroots projects along the LA River.
The Luskin Center for Innovation’s new report Guide to
Design Decisions for Utility-Sponsored Community Solar surveys community solar
programs from across the country, and provides readers a decision-making
resource to better understand the choices that go in to designing a community