The California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC)'s mission at UCLAs is to create actionable science that improves urban systems' sustainability.
The research group has compiled the largest publicly available energy dataset in the United States of America to achieve this. The vast dataset contains spatially aggregated energy consumption statistics with an annual resolution for most neighborhoods, cities, and counties in Southern California.
The CCSC approached us to design and realize the LA Energy Atlas as a platform that can meet the needs of different users. On the one hand, it serves to advance the research itself. On the other hand, it informs Californians and anyone else interested in the ongoing energy transitions. Consequently, the application offers an intuitive and easy introduction even for users who are not familiar with the topic.
Interactive maps visualize districts, cities, and municipalities' energy consumption down to a detailed level of buildings, which can be filtered by type, age, and greenhouse gas emissions. Thus users can explore the data using different consumption types.
The platform offers the possibility to compare the energy profiles of multiple cities and neighborhoods. Individual profiles support detailed views for each type of consumption, including a temporal sequence of the data.
To support the CCSC in its communication activities, we have developed a CMS that enables the easy creation and embedding of charts and other media into their editorial work. In this way, data stories and studies can be written and made available to the public.
Directed by: Dr. Stephanie Pincetl
Project team: Hannah Gustafson, Lauren Strug. Formerly: Zoe Elizabeth Rob Graham, Kristen Holdsworth, Sinnott Murphy, Jeff Wolf, Thuy Vu
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