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The Land Use Energy Nexus

Pursuing the Fix to the State’s Sprawl and its Consequences--Stephanie Pincetl, Ph.D, Center for Sustainable Urban Systems, UCLA
Feb 02, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-800)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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California has long struggled to regulate land use and sprawl to address intertwined and interacting problems: agricultural land preservation, affordable housing, open space preservation, air quality and transportation.  The latest effort was Senator Steinberg’s SB 375 which was heralded to bring land use, transportation and GHG reductions together.  What has been the result?  Since the passage of SB 375, land use and energy are again going their separate ways.  This talk will discuss the historic context for difficulties in regulating land use in the state, and the impacts on landscapes, environment, quality of life and energy that result from that lack of integrated regulation.

Stephanie Pincetl is an Adjunct Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Systems at the UCLA Institute of the Environment. Dr. Pincetl conducts research on environmental policies and governance and analyses how institutional rules construct how natural resources and energy are used to support human activities.

Dr. Pincetl has written extensively about land use in California, environmental justice, habitat conservation efforts, water and energy policy.  She has received funding from the National Science Foundation to conduct collaborative research with biophysical scientists on urban ecology and water management in Los Angeles, as well as from the California state Energy Commission PIER program to develop a methodology to understand energy use in communities in California using urban metabolism methods coupled with social policy considerations.  Her book, Transforming California, the Political History of Land Use in the State, is the definitive work on land use politics and policies of California.

Dr. Pincetl has a PhD in Urban Planning and teaches at UCLA.  She worked 10 years in the nonprofit environmental justice sector.


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