Gifts to Affordable Housing Project

June 2015
Under the direction of Victoria Basolo, Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design, the Transit Oriented Development and Environment-Friendly Design on Affordable Housing Project has been initiated by a consortium of funders, including Wells Fargo, SVA-Architects and Susan Hori, Esq. This project will use data from seven sites developed by Jamboree Housing Corporation in Los Angeles and Orange County to provide new knowledge about trends in low-income housing development and the consequences, if any, of seeking multiple social goals in producing this housing. This study will be the first of its kind and will produce results that are of theoretical interest (residential choice and travel behavior) and, equally important, of practical importance to developers and public policymakers. 
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Water-energy interdependence by getting decision-makers to talk

June 2015
Across the western United States, water and power are interconnected. Hydropower provides about 21% of the western region’s electricity. Nearly 20% of California’s electricity is used to move, treat and heat water. Despite this interdependence, these resources are regulated by separate agencies, delivered by separate utilities and studied independently.
In May, Water UCI and the US Department of Energy jointly sponsored a first-of-its-kind workshop with utilities, regulators and researchers from throughout the west to discuss new ways of working together. At the end of two days, participants outlined several steps as a basis for managing water and electricity more effectively. Dave Feldman summarized the steps in an article published by The Conversation.