Happenings

On April 7, the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC) published Issue #5 of its subscriber-based newsletter. The issue featured the introduction of its inaugural Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Fellows Program, a Sandpit 2020 follow up, the launch of the California Conservation Genomics Project website, a research spotlight on a team competing in the NSF Civic Innovation Challenge, recent media coverage and urban sustainability highlights from across UCLA. 

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For many Los Angeles residents, the daily commute is frustrating. A project by three UCLA faculty members aims to change that — especially for those who ride to work on two wheels — by creating bicycle “flows” that produce real-time digital art exhibitions throughout the city.

One of the project’s goals is to make cycling to work feel as accessible and safe as other modes of travel, so the professors envision groups, or flows, of cyclists that would be organized by a smartphone app. The app would encourage reluctant or inexperienced cyclists to participate by pointing them toward those flows, suggest routes that are optimized for enjoyability and safety over efficiency or speed, and enable participants to share their experiences.

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The UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation has developed new research identifying how effective certain incentives can be in motivating people to use less energy in their homes. As customers are often encouraged by electricity providers to reduce consumption in order to prevent blackouts, the researchers found that promotional messages actually prove effective at motivating customers to use less energy.

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