Signature Speakers Series: Dr. Stephanie Pincetl
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Please join us for the 1st Climate School Signature Speaker Series event of the spring semester 2024, featuring:
Dr. Stephanie Pincetl, Director California Center for Sustainable Communities & Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA
Topic: “What Would Be A Just Energy Transition?”
Professor Pincetl does research on cities, how they impact resources far and near such as water sources and ecosystems, and how those resources are used in cities, where, by whom, and to do what. She focuses on quantifying those flows, including urban generated wastes like greenhouse gases, and how institutions, regulations and rules shape the ways the flows are appropriated, and how cities are built (including infrastructures) and organized. She has created the first ever interactive energy web atlas that describes building energy use in Los Angeles County (www.energyatlas.ucla.edu). Buildings account for 40% of urban GHGs and the Atlas shows the relationships between building age, size, use with energy consumption, as well as energy use and sociodemographic characteristics in the residential sector. Her other main project has been to understand the water system of Los Angeles County that has over 100 different water delivering agencies and 7 adjudicated groundwater basins. Pincetl assembles interdisciplinary teams of researchers to conduct work: ecologists, engineers, and hydrologists. She was one of the main leads of the first Los Angeles County Sustainability Plan and is currently serving in the same capacity for the LA Department of Water and Power 100% renewable, equity plan.
Dr. Pincetl is a California native who has written extensively on land use regulations, habitat protection, environmental justice, urban ecosystems and water She has a PhD in Urban Planning from UCLA, a Masters in Cultural Anthropology from UC Davis, and an undergraduate interdisciplinary degree in Land Ethics, an independent major she created while at UC Davis. She is the author 2 books, and of over 100 peer reviewed papers, and book chapters. Pincetl has served on boards and commissions, including the statewide Planning and Conservation League and as President of the statewide environmental justice organization Communities for a Better Environment, and the Los Angeles Regional Planning Commission among others.
Omar J. Herrera