Research Breakthroughs and Announcements

UCLA State of the Commute report showed all-time low in solo drivers and greenhouse gas emissions

The State of the Commute report, published by UCLA Transportation, showed how hybrid and remote work arrangements benefitted campus and commuters in 2021. 

Last year, even with the return to in-person instruction, only 28% of commuters were solo drivers. This was the lowest-ever rate and helped keep UCLA’s greenhouse gas emissions at historically low levels.  

UCLA-led genome analysis showed that vaquita porpoises may be able to dodge extinction

The world’s smallest marine mammal is on the brink of extinction. However, despite 10 or fewer vaquita porpoises living in Mexico’s Gulf of California — their only habitat — the species could still miraculously recover. Genetic analysis conducted by a team of UCLA biologists and their colleagues found that vaquita porpoises remain relatively healthy and are not doomed to extinction via harms related to inbreeding.  

UCLA launches comprehensive sustainability plan

UCLA’s new sustainability plan features a series of initiatives which bridge faculty scholarship and research, campus operations and community engagement. Specific areas of focus include transportation, climate, food systems, water and waste management. In addition, the plan highlighted the intersectionality of public and human health and began the work to ensure equity, diversity, inclusion and justice are fully integrated into campus sustainability policies and programs. 

UCLA study offers solution for equity concerns associated with freeway congestion pricing

Congestion pricing is viewed as the gold standard policy for managing traffic on freeways and highways. This approach involves charging drivers tolls when they use a road, with prices increasing during the busiest times such as morning and evening rush hours. The intention is to discourage drivers from using their own cars and instead use alternative transportation options. However, congestion pricing does come with concerns related to equity for low-income drivers.