Sustainable Communities in Los Angeles County
The Institute of Sustainable Communities or (ICS) works with communities on social projects to improve the environment and economic challenges communities face. The goal of the ICS is to create Sustainable Communities. Sustainable communities work on improving the social, economic, and environmental aspects of a community to ensure that current and future residents will benefit. By working on social projects, sustainable communities utilize renewable energy such as solar or wind to provide electricity to the point that the community “uses energy equivalent to its renewal”(http://www.iscvt.org/).
Currently the Institute of Sustainable Communities is working with UCLA California Center for Sustainable Communities and UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability on a project to create two sustainable communities in Los Angeles county. Director Stephanie Pincetl of the UCLA California Center for Sustainable Communities or (CCSC) has started the LA Energy Atlas, a web map project that analyzes the electricity and natural gas consumed per county in Los Angeles and provides solutions on how counties can reduce their energy consumption by incorporating renewable energy. One method of renewable energy involves applying solar energy on certain buildings and homes. The goal of the project is to use renewable energy on homes and buildings to reach Zero Net Energy meaning that the building or home is producing the same amount of energy it uses. Other members on the LA Atlas Project includes Rob Graham, Hannah Gustafson, Dan Cheng, Erik Porse, Josh Derensky, Kristen Holdsworth, Sinnott Murphy, Jeff Wolf, Thuy Vu and Eric Fournier. Studio NAND designed and developed the website. For more information click about the LA Atlas Project click this link http://energyatlas.ucla.edu/.