William Eisenstein, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for Resource Efficient Communities
University of California, Berkeley
Dr. William Eisenstein is the Executive Director of the CREC. His research and consulting career has focused on urban sustainability, ecological design, land use planning, flood management, and resource conservation planning. In his role with CREC, he has developed and overseen a wide variety of research projects focusing primarily on the role of local government land use and building permit decisions on efforts to curtail climate change, energy use, water use and flood risk in the state of California. He has also previously served as a consultant to the State of California’s Delta Vision process, Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, Delta Conservancy, Delta Protection Commission, and Department of Water Resources, as well as previously serving as Director of the Delta Initiative at UC Berkeley. He received his Ph.D in Environmental Planning and his Master’s in City Planning from UC Berkeley.
Julia Lave Johnston
Co-director, Land Use and Natural Resources Program
University of California, Davis Extension
Julia is co-Director of Land Use and Natural Resources at the UC Davis Extension. She oversees professional certificates and focus areas in Land Use Planning, Green Building and Sustainable Design, Sustainability and the Built Environment, and Conflict Resolution and manages the new Sustainable Studies program. Previously she was the Deputy Director for Planning Policy in the State Clearinghouse and Planning Unit of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR). While at the state, she focused on land use, regional, and community planning policy, climate change and interagency coordination. Previous positions include Senior Policy Analyst at the California Research Bureau (CRB) and Project Manager with the Local Government Commission (LGC)
Jeff Loux, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources
UC Davis Extension and Adjunct Faculty, UC Davis Environmental Design
Jeff is a Department Chair, Director of the Land Use and Natural Resources Program at the University of California, Davis, Extension, and a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Design at UC Davis. He has worked in the public, private and academic sectors for nearly 30 years addressing sustainable planning, urban design, natural resource management, public policy dispute resolution and mediation, and water resources policy. He currently directs a professional education program that offers 140 classes, conferences and training sessions for 4,500 participants annually. Dr. Loux also facilitates and mediates environmental, land use and water policy disputes including ten years as the mediator for the award-winning Sacramento Regional Water Forum as an affiliate of the Center for Collaborative Policy in Sacramento. Dr. Loux has lectured and conducted research nationally and internationally, and is author of numerous books, articles and book chapters including Water and Land Use (2004), co-authored with Karen Johnson, The Open Space and Land Conservation Handbook (2011) and “Stakeholder Collaboration,” a chapter in the Cambridge University Press book, Water Resources Management (2011).
Director, Center for Resource Efficient Communities
University of California, Berkeley
Professor Louise Mozingo is the Principal Investigator and Director of the CREC. Her academic research and creative work focuses on ecological design, landscape history, and social processes in public landscapes. Her particular concern is the planning and design of the urban public realm to produce environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Professor Mozingo is the author of Pastoral Capitalism: A History of Suburban Corporate Landscapes and chapters to Everyday America: Cultural Landscape Studies after J.B. Jackson (2003), edited by Chris Wilson and Paul Groth, and Healing Natures (2008), edited by Robert France. Professor Mozingo has been the recipient of Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship for Studies in Landscape Architecture, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Award of Recognition for Excellence in Teaching, Writing, and Service, and the University of California, Berkeley Chancellor’s Award of Recognition for University and Community Partnerships. Professor Mozingo received her Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a former associate and senior landscape architect for Sasaki Associates.
Michael Nicholas, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Researcher, ITS-Davis
Michael focuses on alternative refueling infrastructure placement using geographic information systems (GIS) and geographically-based models. The work compares consumer expectations of refueling availability and models how those expectations can be addressed in the context of alternative fuels such as electricity or hydrogen. Examining these expectations in a geographic context enables the exploration of planned station or charging placements as well as the creation of new networks to make refueling convenient and useful for the customer.
Tom Turrentine, Ph.D.
Director, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Center
University of California, Davis
Dr. Tom Turrentine is Director of the California Energy Commission’s Plug-in Hybrid Electric & Vehicle Research Center at the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis. For the past 20 years, Tom has been researching consumer response to alternative fuels, vehicle technologies, road systems, and policies with environmental benefits. Dr. Turrentine studies the role of travel and movement in the evolution of culture, society and lifestyle. He focuses on understanding automobile-based lifestyles, applying anthropological methods and theories to explore potential responses of car users to new technologies and policies aimed at mitigating the negative impacts of automobile infrastructure and use. Dr. Turrentine has studied consumer responses to electric vehicles, alternative fueled vehicles, micro-vehicles, station car systems, advanced traveler information, and other intelligent transportation systems.
Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives
Zoe has a Master’s in Urban Planning from UCLA, with an emphasis in regional sustainability and climate action. She brings a diverse background with over a decade of experience in program development in the nonprofit, public and academic sectors to her role. Specifically she has expertise in greenhouse gas accounting, corporate and governmental environmental sustainability reporting, regional economic development, and social services. As Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives, Zoe coordinates the research efforts of multiple partners, assists in developing sustainable planning methodologies for practitioners and serves as a communication bridge between the center and external stakeholders at the local, regional and state levels. She currently manages the Regional Energy Baseline project which maps and analyzes building energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in LA County for the past five years.
Kristen has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA and a Leaders in Sustainability Certification from UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. As a graduate student, Kristen primarily focused on transportation policy and planning and worked on a project with LA County Metro to evaluate county-wide sustainability. At CCSC, Kristen assists in the Center’s communications and distribution of research to stakeholders, policymakers and other research centers. She also works for the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability and directs work with a Strategic Growth Council grant developing a LA County framework for climate action.
Debbie Cheng, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Water, Sustainability, and Climate Project
Debbie received her PhD from the University of California Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group, where her research focused on the politics of urban water access in the global South. She also holds degrees in environmental engineering from MIT and Stanford. Debbie’s research interests include urban political ecology, water governance, and environmental justice. At CCSC, she is analyzing the fragmentation of water management in Los Angeles County as part of an NSF-funded, interdisciplinary initiative.
Ashley Fuller, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Climate Vulnerability Project
Ashley received her doctorate from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. She has experience in environmental sociology, social movement theory, sustainability studies, environmental negotiation and mediation theory, and environmental justice research. Additionally, she holds degrees in economic sociology and history from Stanford University.
Web GIS Programmer, Urban Metabolism Baselines Project
Rob has a Master’s degree in GIS from University of Denver and several years of experience working in spatial data production and GIS consulting. He has worked with a variety of public interest groups to create engaging websites, data architectures, and interactive maps that provide tools for decision support and communicate complex geospatial data to diverse audiences. At CCSC, Rob is leading development of the California Energy Atlas and Data Center as part of the Urban Metabolism Baselines project.
Graduate Student Researcher, Urban Metabolism Baselines Project
Hannah is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA Luskin School. At CCSC, Hannah primarily assists with GIS and data analysis for the Baselines Project. Her research interests include urban design, sustainability, and active transportation. Prior to joining the CCSC, Hannah worked as a project manager and GIS analyst for an environmental consulting firm based in Santa Monica, CA and as a planning and policy intern with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. She graduated from UCLA in 2012 with a BA in Geography/Environmental Studies and minor in Geospatial Information Systems & Technologies.
Senior Research Associate, Gaps Analysis of PIER Funded Research
Céline graduated with an MSc in Social Policy and Planning at the London School of Economics. She has a decade’s worth of experience in community activism and organizing, primarily around social justice issues in housing and urban planning. After working for the tenant organizing non-profit S.A.J.E. in South Los Angeles, she led a campaign to take over public housing under threat of demolition, to be run as a community land trust by the residents of a west London neighborhood. She currently serves as an assistant editor to the academic journal City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action and as a contributing member to the popular education organization, Dr. Pop.
Deepak Sivaraman received his PhD in Energy Systems and Policy from University of Michigan in 2010. He then held a postdoctoral position in Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia for two years. He has successfully served in the technical committees of international conferences such as International Conference in Industrial Ecology (ISIE), and International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology. He joined UCLA as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Fall of 2012. Dr. Sivaraman’s research can be categorized into four areas: integrated life cycle engineering; electricity planning and policy; renewable deployment and greenhouse gas abatement; and sustainable buildings and urban systems. His research applies interdisciplinary methods such as hybrid life cycle assessment, energy accounting and management, greenhouse gas accounting, and microeconomic policy analysis. In general, his research intends to develop methodologies that propose integrated policy solutions to increase the sustainability of energy generation – by using increased renewable deployment, energy efficiency and optimised energy management. His research is also interested in studying the relationships between energy use, and parameters such as land use impacts and social characteristics (e.g. income, poverty, and education). A few specific application areas of his research are photovoltaic technologies, US electricity generation, urban planning, green buildings and urban metabolism.
Graduate Student Researcher, LA County Energy Atlas
Thuy is a PhD student in the Computer Science department at UCLA. His research interest includes machine learning and its applications in natural language processing and data mining. Prior to his studentship at UCLA, he was working as a research engineer for the Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR in Singapore from 2006-2011. He holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science from University of Sciences, Vietnam.