Archive Tag: External Coverage

A vision of an augmented Century City, transformed into a second downtown.
A vision of an augmented Century City, transformed into a second downtown.
(Shareefa Abdulsalam and Niketa Sondhi / Now Institute)

Thom Mayne of the Now Institute—an urban research center at UCLA—proposes a plan for how Los Angeles might accommodate population growth and adapt to a changing climate by the year 2050.

Source: Adding 1 million people along the Wilshire corridor could help L.A. create a sustainable city Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov 2016

Additional coverage about The Now Institute and Sustainable LA Grand Challenge’s vision of a future Los Angeles:

Re-envisioning Wilshire Boulevard for a more populous and sustainable future for L.A. UCLA Newsroom, 14 Nov 2016

The Now Institute and Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Launch Visions for a Sustainable LA Sustainable LA, 24 Oct 2016

 

Traffic backs up along 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles on June 29.
Traffic backs up along 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles on June 29.
(Los Angeles Times)

In an opinion piece, Ethan Elkind (Director of UCLA’s Climate Change and Business Program) expresses his concern that Measure M—which would use a sales tax increase to help fund transportation expansion and improvement throughout Los Angeles—is deepening divides between L.A. communities. “L.A.’s success as a metropolis lives and dies by its ability to function as a whole, rather than a collection of isolated, feuding cities,” he writes.

Read more at Los Angeles Times

This Oct. 14, 2016 staff photo shows a solar panel array on top of a Port of Long Beach building that is part of a trial energy project.
This Oct. 14, 2016 staff photo shows a solar panel array on top of a Port of Long Beach building that is part of a trial energy project.
Photo by Brad Graverson/Torrance Daily Breeze/SCNG

Long Beach port and the Port of Los Angeles are undertaking new efforts to become greener and cleaner. The move at the twin ports was prompted by Governor Jerry Brown’s environmental greenhouse gas regulations. The ports hope to create a stand-alone, zero-emission energy source to power their activities. Colleen Callahan, deputy director of the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, identifies the work being done at the ports as groundbreaking. “Other ports will be watching what is done here,” she notes.

Read more at Daily News

Terra Daily
Terra Daily

According to Reveal—a news site dedicated to exposing “water-guzzlers” in Los Angeles—100 residential water customers in the luxury neighborhoods of Los Angeles are responsible for consuming millions of gallons of water a year despite widespread conservation efforts. Stephanie Pincetl, a professor of environmental policy at UCLA, says “shaming is not really the most direct way to reduce water use.” Instead, she advocates for higher bills, fines, and forcibly shutting off wasters’ water.

Read more at Terra Daily

Rattlesnake Park along the Los Angeles River in L.A.'s Elysian Valley neighborhood.
Rattlesnake Park along the Los Angeles River in L.A.’s Elysian Valley neighborhood.
(Los Angeles Times)

Jon Christensen of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability wrote an opinion piece in favor of Measure A, which would increase and fix county parks if passed this November. Christensen identifies the measure as a worthwhile endeavor, citing its mechanisms as, “the best we found after an exhaustive study of similar measures across the country.”

Read more at Los Angeles Times