Luskin Center News

Luskin Center News

August

August 26, 2015
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.
August 19, 2015
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.

June

June 17, 2015
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.
June 03, 2015
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.

May

May 29, 2015
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.
May 28, 2015
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 solar program.
May 28, 2015
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May 13, 2015
Innovative maps from new UCLA Luskin Center report highlight supply threats (Los Angeles, CA) Despite the importance of potable water to the quality of life, economy, and ecosystems in Los Angeles County, surprisingly little is known about the 228 government and private entities that deliver water, and how vulnerable or resilient they are to withstanding pressures from droughts and climate change. A new study by the UCLA Luskin Center fills this gap and finds that 75% of community drinking water systems in L.A.
May 12, 2015
The Luskin Center’s new “State of the States Plug-in Electric Vehicle Policies Report” was featured in a National Governors Association newsletter reaching all U.S. state governors’ offices.

April

April 23, 2015
J.R. DeShazo, director of the Luskin Center, is interviewed on CNBC about market strategies that could reduce the economic impact of the California drought and foster a more resilient and efficient water system of the future: http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000373744http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000373744