Built Environment

UEPI believes that the design of the places that we live, work, study and play in powerfully impacts our behavior, quality of life, and the future of the planet. For too long, places have been built around the car, creating sprawling land uses that separate people and communities; promote an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle; and waste energy and resources. We favor creating the green jobs of tomorrow by rebuilding cities, retrofitting suburbs to create more livable neighborhoods, and reviving rural places. Just, green and livable places will be walkable in scale to foster social interactions, cultural vibrancy and a stronger sense of place. These places will be affordable to all residents. And they will be energy and water-smart and use non-toxic, renewable materials.

Our Built Environment Projects

Sustainable Oxy

Sustainable Oxy works to make Occidental College a more environmentally sustainable place. UEPI partners with students, faculty, staff, and administrators, community organizations and other colleges to promote green transportation, local and sustainable food, energy efficiency and renewable energy, reduced water use and waste reduction at Oxy.

Red Fields to Green Fields

Planning and Zoning

Land Use and Zoning

Food and Transportation

6131069940_2845725679_zUEPI believes that transportation options can be improved to help bring good food to people and help people get to good food.

Edible Landscapes

4009116309_6f37a32536_zUEPI believes that various residences and institutions, including affordable housing developments, can be hubs of good food, with gardens and other edible landscaping; farmers markets and CSA drop off points, community food organizing, and other healthy food programs.

Climate Response

healthy cities

The nature of the built environment profoundly impacts the health of people who live, work, and visit a place. From walkability to food access to pollution, the design and equity of cities influences residents’ physical and mental health.

This post on StreetsblogĀ  by UEPI explains how the County and City of Los Angeles are beginning to (and can do more to) utilize zoning and land use controls to improve public health.

Zoning reform

The City of Los Angeles is revising its zoning code for the first time since 1946, providing an opportunity to shape a more inclusive and sustainable city. As part of UEPI’s interest in recommending improvements to land use rules we are reviewing past planning processes undertaken by LA. These files provide a history of comprehensive planning for the City’s first General Plan, adopted in 1974:

City Planners & Planning in Los Angeles (1781-1998)

Citywide Plan (1974)