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University helps LA meet its Grand Challenge

The goal is to transition Los Angeles County to 100 per cent renewable energy and water self-sufficiency by 2050

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Power lines in the Mojave Desert. Picture: Nurit Katz/UCLA
Power lines in the Mojave Desert. Picture: Nurit Katz/UCLA

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the city of Los Angeles’s water and power utility have teamed up to fund research that will enable the city to manage water supplies more sustainably and become more energy efficient and reliant on clean energy.

 

Through the partnership, UCLA and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will identify research that would move the city to greater use of recycled water, increase water and energy conservation and efficiency as well as electrification of the transportation network, and the use and production of local water, and also strengthen climate adaptation planning.

 

University collaboration

 

UCLA will administer the $5m fund and collaborate with universities throughout the city over the next five years.

 

“This targeted research will assist LADWP, the city and the region in efforts to reduce Los Angeles’ carbon footprint and become even more sustainable in the near future,” said Nancy Sutley, chief sustainability officer for LADWP.

 

In 2013, the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge set the goal of transitioning Los Angeles County to 100 per cent renewable energy and water self-sufficiency by 2050.

 

The partnership allows UCLA to work alongside other universities to advance the region in achieving its local water and energy goals as well as the aims of the sustainable challenge.

 

The agreement also establishes two key committees. The first is the Sustainable LA Research Management Committee co-chaired by Gold, as well as, Martin Adams, LADWP’s chief operating officer, and Sutley. The management committee determines the annual research agenda, projects, budgets and research teams.

“This targeted research will assist LADWP, the city and the region in efforts to reduce Los Angeles’ carbon footprint and become even more sustainable in the near future”

In the future, a research advisory subcommittee will be established to provide guidance to the research management committee on potential research projects and faculty research expertise.

 

The subcommittee includes representatives from each major research university across Los Angeles including Loyola Marymount University, USC, Cal State Northridge and Cal State Los Angeles.

 

“UCLA is excited to work with LADWP as a research partner to answer some of the city’s most critical water and energy sustainability questions,” added Mark Gold, the university’s associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability who also leads the university’s sustainability focused grand challenge.

 

“Partnering with LADWP and other research universities will accelerate the regions progress to achieve these mandates.”

 

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