Originally published on 11/26/2013 in the Nature of Cities (http://www.thenatureofcities.com/2013/11/26/the-ironic-nature-of-exurbia/) While we have been focused on the nature of cities in cities and its sublime paradoxes, one could perhaps also enlarge the city nature question to reflect on the gradual urbanization of planet Earth. Whether it is global appropriation of Earth resources by humans — […]
Cheap Solar is Great, but Don’t Forget About Storage By Eric Daniel Fournier, M.A., M.E.Sc., Ph.D. How Low Can Solar Go? In June of this year, the global news media reverberated with reports of a record shattering low bid for the world’s cheapest commercial solar installation. The bid was the best of five submitted by […]
Marcia Hale presented at the annual conference of the American Association of Geographers in March 2016, exploring conflict and change in the Los Angeles urban water system. Many changes are being proposed for this system as a result of compounding pressures including drought and an aging infrastructure. CCSC research found strong variation in the objectives driving […]
Alex Ricklefs and Eric Fournier describe the impact of nuclear power plant closures on energy storage needs in the Conversation (http://theconversation.com/). From the article: “Currently in California, energy storage is effectively provided by fossil fuel power plants. These natural gas and coal-powered plants provide steady “baseload” power and can ramp up generation to meet peaks […]
Alex Ricklefs of the CCSC has compiled a presentation on the impact of high heat events on the energy grid. Climate change has increased the number of extreme weather events in turn increasing energy demand. This presentation explores grid vulnerability in extreme weather events, including an analysis of the impact of renewable energy and water […]
Thank you for your interest in working with the CCSC. This position is closed. Please visit our Work With Us page for an up-to-date listing of available positions. Job Posting: The California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA is seeking an experienced documentarian / ethnographer with a background in environmental and sustainability issues for a […]
Dr. Stephanie Pincetl and Dr. Erik Porse authored this week’s post on the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) project blog, Viewpoints. An excerpt: In the United States, the 20th century was the era of utilities. In an effort to promote equal access to electricity and water services across a majority rural population, governments granted […]
Overview: The shutdown of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility has threatened the reliability of energy supplies in Southern California. Reducing natural gas demands, especially during peak periods of summer and winter use, is critically important to preserve uninterrupted electricity and natural gas services throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan region. In winter, natural gas […]
Since the launch of the Los Angeles Energy Atlas (energyatlas.ucla.edu) in 2015, CCSC has been collecting, processing, mapping, and analyzing updated building energy consumption data for Los Angeles County and beyond. See attached for more details on the updates underway. LA Energy Atlas Updates Photo by Giuseppe Milo, license CC by NC 2.0.
If L.A. wants to avoid summer blackouts and another Aliso Canyon, we need to reinvent our energy system. Here’s how… “Here in the Southland, we can help solve this part of the energy puzzle by using UCLA’s California Center for Sustainability Energy Atlas. The atlas displays aggregated electricity and natural gas billing data for the […]
SUMMARY: Groundwater use in California has historically been unregulated. Los Angeles County is one exception, with seven adjudicated groundwater basins where pumping rights are established and overseen by court-appointed groundwater masters. Groundwater rights were collectively allocated to those who could show a record of pumping through the legally negotiated adjudications. Rights are codified and can […]
SUMMARY: As a first step to building further integrated water management spatial data infrastructure, the CCSC recommends the creation of a universal ID system that assigns standardized numeric identifiers to California’s water entities. Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code equivalents should be mandatory for all state water management agencies. These codes would create a unique spatial […]
SUMMARY: Nearly 100 public and private entities (with over 3,000 connections) are involved in the management of potable water supplies in metropolitan Los Angeles. Suppliers include city agencies, special districts, Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs), Municipal Water Districts (MWDs), and Mutual Water Companies (MWCs). These organizations receive water from many sources, including imports from outside the […]
Water Management in Los Angeles County: a Research Report PI: Stephanie Pincetl, Director CCSC Co-PI Madelyn Glickfeld, Director WRG In 2012, the Haynes Foundation awarded the California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC) at UCLA a multi-year grant to research the water management and supply system in Los Angeles County. This research was designed to assess the […]
“I want to see them burn, its only 4 degrees” – ANOHNI, on the song 4 Degrees By Alex Ricklefs The song 4 Degrees, off the artist ANOHNI’s new album ‘HOPELESSNESS’, addresses the concerns of increasing climate change in a manner that most likely has never been done before: passionately belting out pleas to watch […]
By Stephanie Pincetl Urban Ecosystem Science is now an established science, arising along side the historic shift of humans to becoming in majority urban dwellers. In this Perspective I suggest there is a need to develop a new framework for UES as embedded in distinct urban biomes that can be classified by city-type and typologized. […]
Funded by the CEC, this project will develop a sophisticated and in depth description of future demand, grid response, and vulnerability due to increased (and prolonged) heat events in Southern California Edison territory under current and future climate scenarios. It will enable innovative grid management and operation strategies and will identify adaptation guidance. For more […]
Confronting Standards and Nomenclature in Spatial Data Infrastructures: A Case Study of Urban Los Angeles County Geospatial Water Management Data
Dr. Miriam Cope and Dr. Stephanie Pincetl published a paper in the International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research, 2014, Vol.9, 36-58 Abstract This paper examines the problem of insufficient and often inaccurate water management boundary data in California. Due to fragmented water management in California, no central government agency is responsible for coordinating water […]
Erik Porse, Madelyn Glickfeld, Keith Mertan, and Stephanie Pincetl recently published a paper titled Pumping for the masses: Evolution of groundwater management in metropolitan Los Angeles in GeoJournal. Abstract Groundwater supports many aspects of human life. In cities, groundwater can provide a cost-effective source of water for drinking and industrial uses, while groundwater basins provide storage. The role of groundwater in a […]
By Dr. Erik Porse, CCSC Postdoctoral researcher This article was originally published on the California Water Blog Under California’s new groundwater law, local agencies must adopt long-term plans for sustainably managing basins subject to critical overdraft. Preparing these plans will be challenging, requiring collaboration and compromise among water users accustomed to pumping as they please. […]
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Dr. Stephanie Pincetl has been appointed to the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
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 […]
Next City wrote an article about Dr. Pincetl and the California Center for Sustainable Communities’ urban metabolism research. “Urban Metabolism” Could Beat “Sustainability” in a Buzzword Contest, by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Nex City, December 23, 2014 Several years ago, the California Energy Commission approached Pincetl about trying to better understand energy use in the area. She was […]
New CCSC Publication in Journal of Industrial Ecology: Enabling Future Sustainability Transitions An Urban Metabolism Approach to Los Angeles
CCSC researchers, as well as partners from Arizona State University and University of California, Davis, recently published an article in the Journal of Industrial Ecology. Abstract: This synthesis article presents an overview of an urban metabolism (UM) approach using mixed methods and multiple sources of data for Los Angeles, California. We examine electric energy use […]
CCSC Director Dr. Stephanie Pincetl contributed as a guest blogger to The Nature of Cities and wrote a piece titled “Magical Thinking in the Age of Green.” Today we are in the Age of Green. Green cities, green businesses, urban greening, green buildings, green energy, green cars, making green money from green. The Age of […]
For 100 Years, Humans Made Southern California Green. Now, the Drought Is Returning Our Landscape to Its Rightful Color Palette.