“Smart city” strategies often look to develop interconnected information and communications technologies, which make urban systems like public transit, water supply, or even civic engagement platforms more effective. Yet, even before such capacities are available, cities should utilize available data sets to support sustainable planning. CCSC Presentation on Smart Cities All of the American Association […]
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 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.
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 […]
Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) provide a chance to save a significant amount of money on energy costs, but estimating the amount is much more complicated than using “miles per gallon” and distance traveled as with conventional vehicles. A host of new factors determine which plug-in vehicle can save consumers the most money including electric range, […]
An urban metabolism framework can be used to assess urban sustainability. Conventionally, the framework analyzes direct material, energy and waste flows associated with urban environments to understand the consequent energy and environmental impacts of these flows. However, the conventional framework has at least three serious deficiencies if urban metabolism studies are to inform policy—namely the […]
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.
UCLA is collaborating with research partners at Arizona State University, University of California Davis and the Los Angeles Economic Roundtable to develop an updated urban metabolism framework that can measure the energy flows of contemporary cities. This methodology expands on the traditional urban metabolism framework, which is based on material flow analysis. Traditional urban […]
This literature review surveys the various conceptual and empirical studies associated with performance systems based research on urban flows. The review discusses the implications of these studies to larger research and policy questions to highlight points of convergence as well as areas of debate and opportunities for further research. Please click here to view the full report.
A presentation by Dr. Mikhail Chester of the first year life cycle assessment comparison of the Orange Line, Gold Line and a passenger vehicle in Los Angeles. The study uncovers 40% more GHGs related to public transit than traditional methods and show several times as many criteria pollutants. In addition, this presentation discusses the next […]
Life Cycle of Public Transit Changes Project Advisory Committee Meeting – April 6, 2011 Click here to view the presentation.
The objective of this project is to create a Community-Wide Energy Use Protocol and comprehensive energy baselines for California communities. These community baselines will be the first to capture direct, indirect, and supply chain energy. Integrating life-cycle accounting offers an assessment of how decisions result in effects within and beyond political borders. The Protocol will […]
This research will develop a methodology to assess the life-cycle energy impacts of changes to urban and regional transportation systems. This methodology will explain how embedded energy costs the transportation systems can potentially be captured and addressed in current regulations and policies. In addition, this methodology will be used to develop a preliminary life-cycle calculator […]
Public Interest Energy Research for the California State Energy Commission on Energy and Community Systems
After successfully developing a White Paper for the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program of the California State Energy Commission outlining a new approach to research on energy use in the state’s communities, we are developing a follow up research roadmap for the Commission. The new approach we proposed is based on the concept of […]
Presentation by the Center for Sustainable Urban Systems and Center for Climate Change Solutions. Click here to see the presentation.
Potential Targets and Benefits for Sustainable Communities Research, Development, and Demonstration funded by the PIER Program
Funded by the PIER Program is the final report for the development of a sustainable communities research framework conducted by the UCLA Institute of the Environment. The information from this project contributes to PIER’s Transportation Research Program. Prepared For: California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Program Prepared By: Stephanie Pincetl and Paul M.E. Bunje Click here […]