Left: A GRID Alternatives crew installing solar panels on the Bridges at Florence affordable senior living apartments in the Transform Fresno project area. Photo credit: Fresno Housing Authority; Middle: Children in front of the Watts Towers. Photo credit: Orr, Los Angeles Times; Right: UCLA graduate student researcher Elena Hernandez (left) receives a tour of the Huerta del Valle Community Garden, led by an Ontario community leader, Beatriz Castro. Photo credit: UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation.
TCC includes mechanisms for accountability, including oversight from community members and third-party evaluation from academic researchers.
Researchers at the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and the UC Berkeley (UCB) Center for Resource Efficient Communities comprise the evaluation team for Round 1 of TCC grants. UCLA researchers will also take on a fourth TCC site for evaluation – Northeast Valley Los Angeles – during Round 2 of TCC implementation.
As part of this, the UCLA-UCB evaluation team worked with the Round 1 communities of Fresno, Ontario, and Watts to create the:
Transformative Climate Communities Evaluation Plan
Published in late 2018, this evaluation plan provides a research roadmap that is now used to track and assess local progress and results over a five-year period of TCC investments in the three communities.
What TCC Does
TCC is part of the suite of California Climate Investments funded by the state’s cap-and-trade program. It unifies many of the California Climate Investments project types into a single, place-based initiative. Specifically, TCC funds the following project types:
- Construction of affordable housing near transit;
- Installation of rooftop solar and energy efficiency improvements for homes;
- Purchase of electric vehicles, including buses, that can run on clean energy instead of fossil fuels;
- Expansion of bus service coverage or frequency;
- Improvement and expansion of bike lanes and sidewalks;
- Planting of trees along bike and pedestrian routes and near buildings; and
- Implementation of waste diversion programs, such as the collection and reuse of food waste and neighborhood-scale composting.
To maximize the benefits of these types of projects, TCC community grantees also must develop and implement the following transformative plans:
- A community engagement plan to ensure TCC investments reflect the vision and goals of community members;
- A workforce development plan to bring economic opportunities to disadvantaged and low-income communities; and
- A displacement avoidance plan to minimize the risk of gentrification and displacement of residents and businesses following neighborhood improvements.
Annual Progress Reports
Starting in 2020, UCLA is releasing an annual report for each of the first three TCC sites, for a total of five sets of annual reports. Over time, these reports will highlight implementation progress, changing community conditions, lessons learned that can inform future action, and ultimately results that can be attributed to TCC investments.
The first set of annual reports include several components: background information, profiles of the transformative plans and projects, testimonies from real people involved, and a wealth of baseline data on community conditions that could change as a result of five years of TCC implementation. This includes data related to demographic, economic, energy, environmental, health, housing, and transportation conditions.
Download the Year 1 Reports
UCLA will periodically publish news stories about TCC progress, starting with this article:
Resources for Researchers
LCI provides the following repository for open access to all code developed by LCI for the purpose of TCC evaluation:
This repository can be used by researchers to replicate our findings (for verification) or methods (for use in other evaluations).
J.R. DeShazo, Ph.D.
Louise Mozingo and William Eisenstein, Ph.D
Graduate Student Collaborators:
Eric Dasmalchi (Past)
Elena Hernandez (Current)
Emma French (Current)
Mark Hansen (Past)
Sam Lau (Past)
Bo Liu (Current)
Joel Montano (Past)
Sharon Sand (Past)
Déjà Thomas (Past)
Undergraduate Student Collaborator:
Deanna Cunningham (Current)