Investments in local climate action empower people on the ground

New progress reports from UCLA show how the Transformative Climate Communities program deepens capacity in California communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis

Welcome to our new project director, Rachel Connolly

The Luskin Center for Innovation is excited to welcome Rachel Connolly as our new project director for air quality and environmental equity research.
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Tap Water Distrust Among Parents and Caregivers in Kern County, CA

UCLA study highlights Latinos’ distrust of tap water and solutions that could improve consumption and use of tap water by residents.
An example of courtyard shade and a nature-based outdoor learning environment at Esperanza Elementary School, Los Angeles.V. Kelly Turner / Luskin Center for Innovation

California’s K-12 education system is under-prepared for rising temperatures

Heat makes it harder for students to learn and for teachers to teach. Previous research supported by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation quantified how these effects exacerbate educational and racial inequalities.

New roadmap sets forth path toward comprehensively assessing the nation’s drinking water quality for the first time

UCLA Luskin researchers and Rural Community Assistance Partnership Incorporated plan to implement the recommendations over the next five years

Report: Variation in Household Water and Sewer Bills across 4 U.S. States

New 4-state study of drinking water and sewer service bill levels finds remarkably similar state averages but varying local expenditure burdens.

Welcome to our new climate action researcher, Samantha Astudillo

Learn more about our newest team member and her research
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Students walking by the entrance to the Luskin School of Public Affairs
Aerial view above Reynier Village neighborhood in West Los Angeles, CaliforniaThomas De Wever / iStock

UCLA researchers study impacts of streets on urban heat

New research finds shade, such as from trees, to be the most effective strategy to cool hot city streets