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 […]
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 […]
The California Center for Sustainable Communities Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES) at UCLA The California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC) conducts work on topics important to the transition toward greater urban sustainability, bringing together the leading edge researchers. CCSC provides research, insights, data, methods, models, case studies, tools and strategies to address land […]
The LA Energy Atlas for Los Angeles County www.energyatlas.ucla.edu OVERVIEW The Energy Atlas is an interactive web Atlas that provides decision-makers, researchers and the public with access to the largest and most disaggregated building energy data available in the nation. The website is powered by a geospatial relational database that connects address level energy consumption […]
The UC Davis Center for Regional Change (CRC) helps community and regional planners and advocates realize the potential of SB 375 to improve the well-being of the state’s most disadvantaged communities.
UC Berkeley’s Center for Research Efficient Communities (CREC) analyzed the process and practices by which the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in California’s four biggest regions — the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego — prepared their initial Sustainable Communities Strategies under Senate Bill 375 (SB 375). The goal of the research is […]
The UC Berkeley Center for Research 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.
The UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center in association with The California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC) has designed a web tool called EV Explorer to help consumers evaluate their travel with different PEVs or conventional gasoline vehicles on the market side by side to estimate energy costs.
The California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA (CCSC) is analyzing the complex system of water governance in Los Angeles County. Water is imported into Los Angeles County from the Colorado River, the Owens Valley, and the San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta. It is also available through native groundwater, stormwater, and wastewater. Over 100 different public, […]
Urban metabolism (UM) is a systems approach for assessing sustainability by measuring the total energy, materials, and waste products that flow into and out of an urban area CCSC’s Urban metabolism approach is an enhancement to quantifying the sustainability of a built environment. This new methodology enhances typical urban metabolism in three ways: 1. Better granularity […]
Juan Matute (Director of the UCLA Local Climate Initiative) and Stephanie Pincetl (Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA) have released an assessment of California’s policy choices that directly or indirectly drive energy use.
Public transit systems are often seen as energy and environmental improvements to automobile travel. Few studies, however, have comprehensively assessed the full effects of the decision to construct and operate public transportation systems. The California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC) at UCLA recently released a study that compares the life-cycle impacts of two public transportation […]
Dr. Pincetl is lead author of the urban areas chapter of a new book assessing climate change in the Southwest United States. “We found that Southwest cities are unique in their urban form and potential climate vulnerability. They will experience an increased number of increased heat days, challenging the power grid and posing challenges for […]
CCSC has released its first interactive mapping website of electricity use in the City of Los Angeles! As a tool for visualizing and analyzing the energy usage trends within the city, this map brings greater transparency to the discussion of better energy investments, energy efficiency, and public policy. To learn more about the interactive map, please click […]
This two-page summary highlights the most significant findings from our comparison of the Los Angeles Orange Line, Gold Line, and passenger vehicle. Click here to view the summary. Photo by Jonathan Riley, license CC 2.0.