The UCLA City Energy Map exemplifies visualization of data that may driving planning and infrastructure decisions. This map is the product of a year-long partnership with UCLA, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR). As a tool for visualizing and analyzing the energy usage trends within the city, this map brings greater transparency to the discussion on better energy investments, energy efficiency, and public policy.
The map is the first in a series being developed for the Regional Energy Baselines Project, directed by Stephanie Pincetl, PhD and funded by the California Energy Commission’s PIER program. Jacki Murdock, an Urban Planning graduate student at the Luskin School of Urban Planning and a CCSC researcher, created the map as part of her Master’s Capstone project. Yoh Kawano, GIS Coordinator at the Institute for Digital Research and Education at UCLA helped advise the GIS efforts on this project. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research are critical partners on the project.