Initiatives

Supporting the transition to electric-drive, alternative-fuel, and autonomous vehicles through innovative research and decision support.

  • Helping to improve clean transportation access for disadvantaged communities.
  • Designing clean vehicle incentives and other state policies.
  • Advancing plug-in electric vehicle readiness.
  • Analyzing electric vehicle market dynamics.
  • Developing curriculum for an electrified transportation workforce.
  • Informing the roll-out of emerging innovations including autonomous vehicles, EV ride sharing, and grid energy storage/battery secondary use.

For more information, contact senior researcher Gregory Pierce, project manager Jason Karpman, or center director J.R. DeShazo.

Developing strategies to spur renewable energy and energy efficiency in California.

  • Testing innovative demand response strategies to help households save energy.
  • Analyzing community choice energy programs.
  • Designing community solar and feed-in tariff solar incentive programs.
  • Informing energy efficiency commitments and assessing their job creation benefits.
  • Supporting implementation of the California Clean Energy Jobs Act.
  • Influencing port energy resiliency plans.
  • Assessing solar and energy efficiency trends and opportunities, such as with the Solar Atlas and the Los Angeles Solar and Efficiency Report, recognized by President Obama.

For more information, contact project manager Julien Gataccieca, or director J.R. DeShazo.

Supporting the creation and implementation of state and local policies, investments and plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing local benefits.

1. Climate Policies:

  • Quantifying the health impacts of AB 32.
  • Analyzing Cap-and-Trade’s financial impact in disadvantaged communities.

2. Climate Investments:

  • Assessing the employment benefits of California Climate Investments.
  • Guiding implementation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
  • Developing a climate equity framework.

3. Climate Planning:

  • Supporting President Obama’s Climate Data Initiative.
  • Assessing progress on climate action planning.
  • Measuring transportation GHGs.

For more information, contact deputy director Colleen Callahan or director J.R. DeShazo.

Enhancing the role of information and communications technologies in the 21st century.

This initiative examines the complex policy and legal questions raised by rapidly evolving digital technologies. Plummeting storage and communications costs, increasingly capable mobile devices, and the growth of the cloud are making anytime, anywhere access to information a reality for billions of people around the world. In addition to providing innumerable benefits, these changes are raising new challenges impacting privacy, the role of digital media, cybersecurity, intellectual property, and many other areas. Researchers at the Luskin Center are helping to develop national and international policy frameworks that are better matched to current and emerging digital technologies. Most recently, work within this initiative area has focused on developing and supporting strategies to advance gender equity within the technology sector.

Advancing policy, economic, and technological solutions that support sustainable water systems and water use behavior in California.

The work focuses on several, inter-related areas:

  • Access to safe, affordable drinking water
  • Household water consumption and conservation behavior
  • Water system vulnerabilities and support opportunities
  • Water-energy nexus and innovative water technology
  • Urban greening and eco-system valuation

For more information, please contact initiative lead Gregory Pierce, project manager Nicholas Chow, or center director J.R. DeShazo.

Supporting urban greening efforts―in public parks, streets and beyond―to restore natural processes and habitats while connecting neighborhoods to each other and their environment.

  • Developing support tools for complete streets, including the award-winning Model Design Manual for Living Streets, Parklet Toolkit and Green Alley Case Study.
  • Guiding equitable revitalization of the LA River Greenway.
  • Enhancing public parks through technological innovations.
  • Informing urban landscapes that provide ecosystem services.
  • Supporting stormwater capture and re-use (see our Sustainabile Water Initiative).

For more information, contact Kelsey Jessup, project manager. Other researchers include:
Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Professor, UCLA Urban Planning Department
Madeline Brozen, Associate Director, UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies
Colleen Callahan, Deputy Director, UCLA Luskin Center