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Kristin Eberhard, NRDC alum, Santa Monica

Kristin Eberhard

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Choosing a cleaner future without SONGS

Posted July 11, 2013 by Kristin Eberhard

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The highest-level decision makers from all of California’s energy and air agencies plan to gather in Los Angeles Monday to discuss the future of the state’s grid without the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Although we already knew we...continued

What you can do to reduce your carbon footprint

Posted April 29, 2013 by Kristin Eberhard

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Recently, I was telling a friend the grim news about climate change. She wanted to know what are the top things she can do to reduce her personal global warming emissions. The chart below shows the emissions for the average...continued

Los Angeles City Council unanimously approves getting out of coal

Posted April 24, 2013 by Kristin Eberhard

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Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an amendment to LADWP’s contract with the Intermountain Power Project (a large coal plant in Utah from which we in LA get much of our electricity) allowing for the coal plant to...continued

Global Warming Emissions in US and China

Posted April 19, 2013 by Kristin Eberhard

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The Wall Street Journal had a front page article today about how US global warming emissions have been going down. (Side note: The opening paragraph described carbon dioxides as “the greenhouse gas widely believed to contribute to global warming”...continued

LADWP is walking the walk on energy efficiency

Posted April 9, 2013 by Kristin Eberhard

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LADWP recently released its “Energy Efficiency Portfolio Business Plan” for fiscal years 2012-2014. For the past few years, LADWP has been talking the talk about doing more energy efficiency, and (importantly) using efficiency as its top priority resource for getting...continued

A new transportation option

Posted April 6, 2013 by Kristin Eberhard

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Right now, you really only have two levels of transportation options: high cost, high flexibility, high comfort, high pollution OR low cost, low flexibility, low comfort, low pollution. Various companies have been trying to fill in the middle of...continued

Los Angeles will be off coal by 2025 at the latest

Posted March 19, 2013 by Kristin Eberhard

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Today the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) Board unanimously approved its plan to get off of coal by 2025 and replace it with cleaner energy. This is the culmination of years of work and negotiation, and sets...continued

How much better could travel be in LA?

Posted March 2, 2013 by Kristin Eberhard

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Last week, I presented at the UCLA Complete Streets conference and attempted to answer the question: how much better could travel be in LA if we really set our minds to it? Here’s my estimation of what’s possible. What does...continued

Energy Efficiency in 90 Seconds

Posted February 11, 2013 by Kristin Eberhard

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When people talk about “clean energy,” they often mean wind or solar power, and when they’re discussing “energy efficiency" or "energy conservation,” they’re usually talking about doing things like remembering to turn off the lights. But energy efficiency IS clean energy,...continued

Feb. 17 Climate Rally - in Los Angeles!

Posted February 5, 2013 by Kristin Eberhard

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In solidarity with the Forward on Climate Rally in Washington DC, there will be a rally here in Los Angeles! Please join fellow citizens to send President Obama a message loud and clear: Reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and...continued

LA needs you to come up with a transit slogan

Posted February 4, 2013 by Kristin Eberhard


LA is looking for a bumper sticker slogan that encapsulates our efforts to create a city where neigborhoods are walkable, and commutes can be by bus or train instead of stuck in traffic. Something simple and catchy like "Fly the...continued

Move LA's 5th Annual Transportation Conversation

Posted January 29, 2013 by Kristin Eberhard

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Move LA is staging its annual “transportation conversation” with state and local leaders and the ever-expanding business-labor-enviro-civic-community coalition advocating for transit and good development. This event at Union Station on Feb. 1 also includes a conversation with LA Mayor Antonio...continued

How can transit work in big, dense, polycentric Los Angeles?

Posted January 22, 2013 by Kristin Eberhard

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How does LA’s structure compare to other big US cities? Why does the census show that the LA Metropolitan region is actually more dense than the NY metropolitan region?  It certainly doesn’t feel more dense here than Manhattan. And if...continued

LADWP approves rooftop solar program

Posted January 15, 2013 by Kristin Eberhard

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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), LA’s hometown utility, just received approval to buy solar power from large rooftop and parking lot owners in the city in what is being billed as the nation’s biggest such program....continued

A Public Transit Adventure in LA: getting from Santa Monica to Studio City

Posted January 8, 2013 by Kristin Eberhard

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Recently a colleague was visiting from New York and wanted to get from her Santa Monica hotel to dinner with a friend in Studio City without renting a car or paying for a cab.  Her journey is detailed below. There...continued


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