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Luskin Center News


November 09, 2017
By Stan PaulAlthough California officially recognizes the right to safe, clean, affordable and accessible water for all citizens, the Human Right to Water law passed in 2012 has no teeth, according to urban planning researchers at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.


September 18, 2017
The City of Santa Monica has set an ambitious and laudable goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 or sooner. To achieve this goal, the city  is making a concerted effort to promote the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) that are capable of zero emissions. This effort requires strategic investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure (also referred to as electric vehicle supply equipment or EVSE).
September 05, 2017
Like many Angelenos, you may only be familiar with the Los Angeles River thanks to movies like Grease, in which Danny beats his nemesis in a car chase along the concrete riverbed.
September 04, 2017
Electricity demand fluctuates each day, and consumers who want to unplug during peak times to save money and help the environment now have a new tool at their disposal. Chai Energy, a partner of the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, is making real-time energy information a reality for electricity consumers who want to reduce or shift their electricity usage during peak periods when electricity is the most expensive.


August 23, 2017
The LA region is home to the nation’s largest urban national park, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA). Accessed by over 33 million people annually, this park is a unique biodiversity hot spot, home to over 1,000 plant species, 400 species of birds, 45 species of mammals, and 35 species of reptiles and amphibians. Offering over 500 miles of trails for public recreational use, the SMMNRA offers visitors opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, swimming, picnicking, and more.
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 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 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