Strategic Growth Council awards $638,000 in funding for transitioning disadvantaged communities to climate smart practices

October 2, 2018
CCSC research will assess opportunities for installing solar panels in low income communities.
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The Strategic Growth Council – a cabinet level committee focused on promoting sustainability and economic prosperity within California communities – awarded the California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC) (within the Institute of Environment and Sustainability at UCLA) $638,000 in Climate Change Research Program funds.  The funds will be used to assess and develop opportunities for disadvantaged communities to transition to sustainable practices. The Climate Change Research Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that invests billions of cap-and-trade dollars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen the economy and public health – especially within disadvantaged communities.

The two-year project, which began on October 1, 2018 in partnership with the Liberty Hill Foundation, will host community engagement events to gather information on community attitudes around adopting sustainable practices. Researchers will use this data to develop a set of interactive, web-based tools to analyze the opportunities and challenges that specific communities in Los Angeles County face in adopting climate smart pathways. The CCSC analytical tools will facilitate disadvantaged communities’ transition to sustainable technologies such as vehicle electrification, solar power generation, renewable energy storage, and appliance electrification – critical steps for achieving 100% renewable energy in Los Angeles county.

The research team includes:

 PI: Stephanie Pincetl (Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities; Professor-in-Residence at the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability)
 Dan Cheng (GIS Programmer of the LA Energy Atlas developed by the California Center for Sustainable Communities)
 Felicia Federico (Executive Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities)
 Eric Fournier (Research Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities)
 The Liberty Foundation

For more information, please visit UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.