USC Center for Sustainable Cities

Improving cities through research, education, and community outreach

Research Projects

Current Research Projects

PI Title Funding
H. Blanco
(Co-PI: Dan Wei)
A Groundwater Strategy for Southern California Dec. 2013 – Nov. 2015. Haynes Foundation, $225,000
Dan Wei Macroeconomic Impacts of Climate Action Planning in China and Mexico Center for Climate Strategies (CCS). July 2012 – June 2014. $63,000
A. Rose Mini Grant Between Center for Climate Strategies and USC Center for Climate Strategies, Inc. $155,000
A. Rose
(Co-PI: Dan Wei)
The Area of Energy and Climate Change: Policy in China Center for Climate Strategies, Inc. $14,000
A. Rose
(Co-PI: Dan Wei)
Climate Change Policy Analysis Center for Climate Strategies, Inc. $15,000
H. Blanco TOD Opportunities Among Failing Malls U.S. Dept. of Transportation, National Center for Sustainable Transportation $15,000
H. Blanco U.S.-Cuba Renewable Energy Study Group III California Community Foundation $75,000
M. Moghaddam
(Co-PI:H. Blanco)
Support for NSF/STC Center on Remote Sensing of Water Zumberge Interdisciplinary Grant, USC $85,000

Completed Research Projects

PI Title Funding
H. Blanco
Co-PI (P.I.: G. Guiliano, Co-PI: D. Bahl)
Promoting Employment in Transit Construction Projects by Members of Minority and Low Income Communities. 2008-2013. Office of Civil Rights, Federal Transit Administration. $1M 2008-2013
H. Blanco Institutional Constraints and Options for California’s Adaptation to Sea Level Rise Bedrosian Center. 2012-2013. $10,000.
G. Giuliano
(Co-PI: H. Blanco)
Initiative on Cities and Climate Change HSBC $260,000 2010-2013
Den Wei Economic Impact Analysis of Sea Level Rise for the City of Los Angeles USC Sea Grant. February 2012-January 2013. $11,460
Den Wei
Co- Investigator
Total Regional Economic Losses from Water Supply Disruptions: Analysis for Los Angeles County Woodbury University (coordinating funding from LADWP, MWD and other local water agencies). May 2012-August 2012. $52,404
Den Wei
Co-PI
Macroeconomic Impacts of Climate Action Planning CCS. July 2011-June 2012. $89,500
H. Blanco
(Co-PIs: J. Newell, L. Stott, M. Alberti)
Water Scarcity in Southern California Haynes Foundation $217,000
H. Blanco
(Co-PI: G. Giuliano)
Towards Evidence-based Sustainable Communities Urban Institute $54,000
H. Blanco
(Co-PI: J. Newell)
Comparative urban-scale greenhouse gas inventories: Beijing and Los Angeles USC U.S.-China Institute $12,000
H. Blanco
(Co-PIs: L. Stott; G. Giuliano)
Urban Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative USC. Zumberge Fund Innovative Research Award $10,000
J. Newell, M Rahimi Moving Containers Efficiently and with less impact METRANS Transportation Center
J. Newell, R. Voss Carbon Footprint of Paper Products Clean Agency, Inc.
J. Wolch, J. Newell “Back Alley LA: Transforming Nuisance Alleys Into Green Infrastructure for Los Angeles” Haynes Foundation, $225,000
H. Blanco
(Co-PI: E. Maggioni)
Towards a Groundwater Strategy for Southern California Haynes Foundation $225,000
C. Weare
(Co-PI: H. Blanco, J. Musso)
Getting Back to Basics: Evaluating the Desgin and Implementation of Data-Driven Management Reforms in the City of Los Angeles Haynes Foundation $203, 488