Luskin Center News

Luskin Center News

August

August 03, 2010
With the November elections steadily approaching, Proposition 23 seeks to kill California's cap-and-trade system set to take hold in 2011. The proposition will directly undo the cap-and-trade plans for environmental sustainability in California as a means of seeking economic growth. Known as Assembly Bill 32 ("AB 32"), the plan will now face tough opposition from Proposition 23 and its backers, which include the oil industry.
August 02, 2010
Luskin Scholar Matthew Kahn’s study─ showing how energy conservation incentives can sometimes ironically lead to greater consumption─ caught the attention of a range of mainstream media outlets. "Nudges Gone Wrong" was a typical headline about it. Most recently, his study was featured on the American Public Media radio program Marketplace. The “Marketplace” story describes how Dr. Kahn and Dr. Dora Costa analyzed a group of utility customers who were getting regular notices from their power company comparing their energy use with similar households.
August 02, 2010
The UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation made big waves today with its release of the report “Bringing Solar Energy to Los Angeles: An Assessment of the Feasibility and Impacts of an In-basin Solar Feed-in Tariff Program,” commissioned by the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC). This report serves as phase two following the Luskin Center’s report “Designing an Effective Feed-in Tariff for Greater Los Angeles,” released in the spring of 2010.
August 02, 2010
J.R. DeShazo, the director of UCLA's Luskin Center for Innovation and an associate professor of public policy, describes himself as an environmental economist. Most recently, he turned his focus to how Los Angeles can create policies that will encourage Angelenos to turn their rooftops into a glittering sea of solar panels. His research formed the basis of L.A.'s new solar plan.
August 02, 2010
UCLA engineers develop revolutionary new desalination membrane For immediate release Researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have unveiled a new class of reverse-osmosis membranes for desalination that resist the clogging which typically occurs when seawater, brackish water and waste water are purified.   The highly permeable, surface-structured membrane can easily be incorporated into today's commercial production system, the researchers say, and could help to significantly reduc

July

July 29, 2010
Luskin Scholar Hilary Godwin has been honored, along with five other UCLA faculty members, as a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the AAAS annual meeting in San Diego. The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.  The fellows were chosen for their distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
July 29, 2010
"Green" labels do not pack the same wallop for California wines that they do for low-energy appliances, organically grown produce and other environmentally friendly products, but it's not because there's anything wrong with the wine, a new UCLA-led study has found.   In fact, wines made with organically grown grapes actually rate higher on a widely accepted ranking, said Magali Delmas, a UCLA environmental economist and the study's lead author. And these wines tend to command a higher price than their conventionally produced counterparts, so long as
July 08, 2010
Today a coalition of business, environmental and non-profit organizations led by the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) launched a campaign to create a 600-megawatt Solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program, based on research conducted by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation in the School of Public Affairs.

June

June 01, 2010
May 17, 2010 By Cynthia Lee. Green power. Solar energy incentives. Renewable energy. Smart water systems. Planning for climate change. Clean tech in L.A. For the next three years, the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation has set an ambitious goal to produce research that will help Los Angeles and state and federal agencies reach the Holy Grail of environmental sustainability. Five Luskin scholars are working on initiatives that could change how residents, businesses, industries and government meet the challenge of living more sustainably.