CCSC Sustainable California Policy Seminars

CCSC at UCLA research partner the Land Use and Natural Resources Program at UC Davis Extension is hosting this series of seminars and workshops given by some of the top academic sustainability researchers in the state. This series is funded by the California Energy Commission through the multi-campus California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC). The CCSC, which includes researchers from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC Davis, seeks to increase the overall energy sustainability of communities through better land use and transportation planning and community systems design.

You can download the Seminar Flyer or view the schedule below. 

Scheduled seminars

Pedestrian Rating System:

The UC Berkeley Center for Resource Efficient Communities (CREC) Pedestrian Rating System tool is designed to provide a simple rating of the physical quality of sidewalks for pedestrian activity.  It incorporates the full range of physical street design factors that influence pedestrian behavior in both urban and suburban settings, with an initial emphasis on commercial streets.  It is designed for ease of use, and to be applicable both to aerial photographs and to field visits, to enable planners, developers and advocates to assess a large number of streets quickly.

Researcher: William Eisenstein, Ph.D.
January 13, 2015, 10:30am-12pm
Berkeley, CA
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Legal Research in Support of Resource Efficient Street Design:

The UC Berkeley Center for Resource Efficient Communities (CREC) has completed research on legal barriers to resource efficient street design to inform decisions and consultations by city attorneys throughout the state of California.  CREC is preparing a reference guide, containing both independent analysis and case citations, for city attorneys focusing on these barriers, including liability issues, prevailing development codes and standards, statutory limitations, and institutional fragmentation.

Researcher: William Eisenstein, Ph.D.
January 15, 2015, 10:30am-12pm
Berkeley, CA
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Research for UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability:

  • Gap Analysis and Information Hub for State Agency Sustainable Communities Research:
    UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability identified a comprehensive set of state research reports characterized based on Research Categories relevant to Sustainable Communities.
  • Energy Baselines – the Urban Metabolism of Los Angeles County:
    The objective of this project is to create a Community-Wide Energy Use Protocol and comprehensive energy baselines for California communities.

Researcher: Stephanie Pincetl, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
January 20, 2015, 9am-12pm
Sacramento, CA
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Integrating Social Equity into Sustainable Communities:

UC Davis Center for Regional Change has developed a case study and tool to help policy makers, planners, industry leaders and advocates better select and apply the most relevant metrics for analyzing and integrating social equity into their work.

Researchers: Jonathan London, Ph.D., Chris Benner, Ph.D., Alex Karner, Ph.D., and Catherine Garoupa-White

January 21, 2015, 9am-12pm

Sacramento, CA

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GIS Toolbox for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure/EV Explorer Web Based Tool:

The UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center has developed a GIS Toolbox for Metropolitan Planning Organizations. The seminar is divided into two sessions: Research underlying the tools and tool use. The research explanation session is for anyone interested in the field of plug-in vehicles, while the technical tool session is of interest to GIS users.  This tool will help MPOs and other interested groups in creating geographic distribution scenarios for the electric vehicle market and resulting need for chargers based on travel behavior.

Researchers: Michael Nicholas, Ph.D., Gil Tal, Ph.D., and Wei Ji

January 22, 2015, 9am-12pm                        January 27, 2015, 9am-12pm

Sacramento, CA                                               Los Angeles, CA

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Analysis of Best Practices in Implementation of SB 375:

The UC Berkeley Center for Resource Efficient Communities is analyzing the process and practices by which California’s four biggest regions (the Bay Area, Greater Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego) prepared their initial Sustainable Communities Strategies under Senate Bill 375 (SB 375).  The analysis identifies practices by all four Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) that were particularly effective in achieving both the MPO’s self-created goals for regional transportation planning and the goals of SB 375, emphasizing the ways that SCS planning built upon each MPO’s prior experiences with Regional Blueprint planning and Regional Transportation Plans.

Researcher: William Eisenstein, Ph.D.
February 12, 2015, 12:30pm-2pm
Los Angeles, CA
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