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USC sustainability projects: Urban Trees Initiative
Efforts to be funded include the USC Urban Trees Initiative, a partnership between the university, the city of Los Angeles and local nonprofits to advance climate-resilient urban forestry practices and the equitable distribution of green spaces in L.A. (Photo/iStock)

USC awarded $8.8 million for sustainability research initiatives

GREEN WEEK: The funds support sustainability-focused research projects on alternative energies and pollution reduction, as well as efforts to help shade L.A. neighborhoods to improve quality of life

University
Sustainability Summit: Manuel Pastor, Gene Block, Carol L. Folt and Eric Garcetti
Professor Manuel Pastor, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, USC President Carol L. Folt and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, from left, talk about creating the clean tech workforce of the future. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

President Folt touts USC’s role in a more sustainable and equitable L.A. at annual Business Council summit

Event featuring UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti examines the city’s clean energy future, water resources and drought, revitalizing buildings with carbon-free power and more.

BusinessPolicy/Law
African american man inserting plug into the electric car charging socket
The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act boosted incentives for car-hungry Americans to buy electric vehicles. (Photo/iStock)

Q&A: New incentives could electrify the car market, but old roadblocks remain

California approved regulations banning the sale of new gasoline-powered cars and trucks by 2035, an action aimed at addressing climate change that could speed the nation’s transition to electric vehicles. How will incentives from the Inflation Reduction Act affect the hot electric vehicle market? USC Assistant Professor Hovig Tchalian weighs in.