Luskin Center News

Luskin Center News

May

May 13, 2016
by David Colgan, Director of Communications, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., automobile and sustainability experts will join forces for an event that explores the past, present and future of cars and transportation. With audience participation, a panel will discuss how people move around in a society that increasingly values green technology.
May 09, 2016
When we turn on the tap or open a plastic bottle, we might not give a second thought to where our drinking water comes from. But how it gets from the ground to the glass is far more complex than we might think, and reflects a series of technological innovations, environmental policy and political machinations.

April

April 01, 2016
By George FoulshamLow-income Californians feel the pinch when gasoline, electricity and natural gas prices increase. And it’s logical to think that the state’s Cap-and-Trade program might add to those expenses. But this program is generating billions of dollars to provide an array of benefits to Californians, especially those living in disadvantaged communities.

March

March 02, 2016
By George FoulshamThe importance of quality mentorships is one of eight key recommendations in a new Luskin Center for Innovation report about strategies for increasing diversity and retaining women in high-tech careers.The Luskin Center report, “What Are We Missing? Rethinking Public, Private and Nonprofit Strategies to Advance Women in Technology,” is a compilation of feedback from those who attended the April 2015 Women in Tech conference at UCLA and a review of salient literature. The Luskin Center is part of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

January

January 27, 2016
Anyone who has driven around Los Angeles knows that searching for an open parking space in an unfamiliar area is a free-for-all—a competitive sport—with arbitrary winners and losers. Historically, cities have done little to actively manage parking and thus rationalize the supply and demand for space. Instead, cities have maintained policies where drivers have benefited from having free or low-cost parking, while an oversupply of parking has effectively made pedestrians and transit-riders bear the costs of traversing sprawling urban areas.  
January 07, 2016
The Luskin Center for Innovation’s comprehensive Los Angeles County Community Water Systems: Atlas and Policy Guide characterizes each of the county’s community water systems and the populations they serve. In the guide, we analyze the drinking water delivery system of a county more systematically than previous studies, provide a rich data resource to study drinking water governance in Los Angeles County, and suggest a template for future research outside the county.

December

December 01, 2015
If you have uttered a phrase like, “we can’t be friends anymore because you are moving to the Valley,” then you understand the enormous role that transportation plays in the everyday lives of Angelinos. Our quality of life is impacted every day by transportation, from our personal safety to the way we spend our time (sitting in traffic or being with family?) In his new book, Start-Up City, Gabe Klein discusses the role of the transportation sector in shaping and transforming cities.

October

October 23, 2015
As the center enters its sixth year, we continue to leverage the intellectual capital of UCLA to address pressing issues.
October 09, 2015
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.

September

September 24, 2015
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.