2022

UCLA teams up with LADWP for equitable solutions to reach 100% renewable energy


Dr. Yifang Zhu will lead a team examining air quality in the City of Los Angeles in a project funded by a $2.6 million award.

Trainees from GRID Alternatives install solar panels on a roof  in Los Angeles.

More than 20 UCLA faculty and researchers have entered into a $2.6 million agreement to conduct research for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to help the city achieve its goal of producing all of its energy from carbon-free and renewable energy sources by 2035 and doing so in ways that benefit all Angelenos equitably.

Historically, some areas, particularly communities of color and under-resourced neighborhoods, have been ignored by progress or have had to bear the brunt of past sustainability measures’ shortcomings.

UCLA experts from a variety of disciplines and who have an eye for environmental justice solutions will help guide the LADWP as it creates the first equity-focused, carbon-free energy transition of any major city. The collaboration was made possible through an existing agreement between the department and the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge. The grand challenge is an interdisciplinary, campus-wide initiative aimed at applying UCLA research and expertise to help transform Los Angeles into the world’s most sustainable megacity by 2050 — making it the planet’s most livable, equitable, resilient, clean and healthy megacity, and an example for the world.

by Jonathan Van Dyke

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Dr. Yifang Zhu
Yifang Zhu
Environmental Health Sciences
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Kirsten Schwarz
Environmental Health Sciences
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Arthur Winer
Environmental Health Sciences
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Dr. Oliver Hankinson
Oliver Hankinson

Dr. Hankinson is a Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and of EHS, and Chair of the Molecular Toxicology IDP

Environmental Health Sciences
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Jared Diamond
Jared Diamond
Environmental Health Sciences
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Jian Li
Jian Li
Environmental Health Sciences Epidemiology
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Jesus Araujo
Environmental Health Sciences
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Michael Collins
Michael Collins
Environmental Health Sciences
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Nicole Green
Environmental Health Sciences
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Rachael Jones
Rachael Jones
Environmental Health Sciences
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Dr. Lara Cushing
Lara Cushing
Environmental Health Sciences
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Timothy Malloy
Environmental Health Sciences
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Dr. Jane Valentine
Jane Valentine
Environmental Health Sciences
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Mel Suffet
Irwin Suffet
Environmental Health Sciences
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Tao Huai
Tao Huai
Environmental Health Sciences
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Dr. Wendie Robbins
Wendie Robbins
Environmental Health Sciences
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Dr. Beate Ritz
Beate Ritz
Environmental Health Sciences Epidemiology
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Dr. Pouran D. Faghri
Pouran D. Faghri
Environmental Health Sciences
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Rosenstock
Linda Rosenstock
Environmental Health Sciences Health Policy and Management
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Pablo Cicero-Fernandez
Pablo Cicero-Fernandez
Environmental Health Sciences
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Feng Gao
Feng Gao
Environmental Health Sciences
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Andre Nel
André Nel
Environmental Health Sciences
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Dr. Daniel Uslan
Daniel Uslan
Environmental Health Sciences
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Arabzadah, Hamid
Hamid Arabzadeh
Environmental Health Sciences
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Dr. Robert Schiestl
Robert Schiestl
Environmental Health Sciences
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Dr. Kevin Njabo
Kevin Njabo
Environmental Health Sciences
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Curtis Eckhert
Curtis Eckhert
Environmental Health Sciences
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Brian Cole
Brian Cole
Environmental Health Sciences
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Michael Jerrett
Michael Jerrett
Environmental Health Sciences
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Richard Ambrose
Richard Ambrose
Environmental Health Sciences
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Dr. Candace Tsai
Candace Tsai

Associate Professor for Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Health Sciences

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Miriam Marlier
Miriam Marlier
Environmental Health Sciences
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Dr. Shane Que Hee
Shane Que Hee

Industrial Hygiene & Analytical Chemistry

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Angelo J Bellomo
Angelo Bellomo
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Niklas Krause
Environmental Health Sciences Epidemiology
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Arthur Cho
Arthur Cho
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Richard J. Jackson
Richard J. Jackson
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