Thursday, January 31, 2008

UCLA Sustainability Efforts

Today Focus the Nation has taken UCLA by storm. For more info look here:
http://www.sustain.ucla.edu/news/focus_the_nation.php
The events today will focus attention on climate change.

Is UCLA a "green campus"? How do you know a green campus when you see one? Adopting solely an energy consumption criteria; UCLA faces some challenges.

Our total gasoline consumption for commuting to and from campus =
N*P*M*E

where N = number of commuters = students + faculty + staff
P = probability commute by private car
M = mile distance from residence to UCLA
E = Gallons per mile (or inverse of Miles per gallon)

UCLA is quite big so N is quite big.
Nobody takes public transit to UCLA so P is big.
UCLA is in westwood and this town is quite expensive so urban economics predicts
that most people who bought housing recently live far from campus so M is big
While some people drive hybrids, the parking lot is filled with fuel inefficient cars so E can be big.

How can UCLA incentivize its members to reduce N*P*M*E? I'm trying to think about this and I'm trying to get some people on campus to allow me to run some field experiments. To encourage a smaller E, smaller M and smaller P.

2 comments :

messels said...

this seems almost like a non-sense question. it's like asking, "what do we need to do to get the city of la--as in the government body, not the people in the city--to reduce the NPME to zero?" there is no solution.
the city is too sprawled. it's the post WWII dream city: spread out.
it's not a pre-car city and that's why it is the way it is.

as for the UCLA question the only thing i can think of is:
1)build more housing for students
2)make on-campus living mandatory (shhha, right!)
3)limit parking (so faculty will be forced to ride-share).
people won't go for that...ever. it requires too much sacrifice on the part of those concerned. and amercians, at least from my perspective, are horrible at self-sacrifice for the greater good (it goes against the individualist culture)

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