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UCLA Installs First Solar-Powered EV Charging Station

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20170621_102021_resizedElectric vehicle (EV) commuters can now drive home on sunshine with the installation of the University’s first solar-powered charger in Parking Lot 36, located at Kinross Avenue and Veteran Avenue in Westwood. Bruins and campus visitors can power their green mode of transportation from this environmentally-sound source of energy.

The latest sustainable solution on campus, the new charging station is a transportable setup from Envision Solar that fits in a standard-size parking space and doesn’t reduce parking availability. The station can service multiple EVs at a time and charges power day and night.

Six to eight hours of charging will provide enough renewable energy for a ride home.

This new charging station is part of an effort to make the campus more EV-friendly. Another sun-powered charger will soon be available for use in Lot A behind Murphy Hall.

Four types of Level 1 and Level 2 EV charging stations are already available for the UCLA community and visitors for “top-off” charging in Structures 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 32, MP and SV. Level 1 is free to permit holders and Level 2 costs $2 an hour.

UCLA is charging ahead with plans to install more stations, with close to 400 places where EVs can be plugged in. The goal is to convert 2% of all permit spaces into EV charging spots by the end of the year.

So how does an solar EV charger work? Photovoltaic (PV) energy is captured through a small solar grid attached to a steel plate that sits on the ground. PV panels on top are attached to a battery storage unit in front of the parking stall that is connected to three 110 volt outlets, which provide a Level 1 long-term, low-level charge.

Moving throughout the day, the solar power generator optimizes its position as the sun moves. Electric motors tilt the array 15 degrees in three directions, angling east to catch sunrise, and south and west. This sun tracking technology generates up to 25% more electricity than fixed solar arrays.

The solar panels produce enough electricity each day to fully charge a lithium-ion battery pack that holds 22.5 kilowatt hours of electricity.

Built portable yet tough, the charging station is strong enough to withstand L.A.’s powerful Santa Ana winds and has on-board energy storage that can stay powered during a blackout or other grid failure.

 

Celebrate Earth Month With These Campus & Local Events!

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Green Globe On Moss - Envinronmental ConceptWe think every month should be Earth Month, and that we should always do what we can to protect this environment we live in.

This month in particular, however, is chock-full of activities on campus and in the community to celebrate our beautiful planet. This year's Earth Day is on Saturday, April 22.

Check out the list of upcoming events:

Professionals in Environmental Sustainability Roundtable
April 12, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Luskin School of Public Affairs, Room 2355

Steering Connected and Automated Mobility in the Right Direction: The 10th Annual UCLA Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment
April 13, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Earth Day calligraphy on watercolor background
California Endowment, Downtown

Energy Innovation Conference
April 14, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

BioBlitz 2017 at UCLA
April 14, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Nest at Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden

4th Annual Impact Week at Anderson: Profit and Social Goods
April 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

Environmental Health Sustainability Fair
April 17, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kerckhoff Grand Salon

4th Annual Impact Week at Anderson: Impact Across Careers
April 18, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

Green Screens Film Festival: The Age of Consequences
April 18, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
James Briges Theater

4th Annual Impact Week at Anderson: Designing Inclusive Systems
April 19, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

Sixth Annual SBC Industry Achievement Awards
April 19, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Moss Theater at New Roads School
Santa Monica

Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo
April 20, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Downey

E3's Earth Day Fair at UCLA
April 20, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Dickson Plaza

4th Annual Impact Week at Anderson: Investing for Impact
April 20, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

Green Screen Films Festival: Death by Design
April 20, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
James Bridges Theater

Climate Day LA
April 21, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Theater at Ace Hotel, Downtown

Green Screen Film Festival: Gatekeepers of the Art
April 21, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Patagonia, Santa Monica

Our National Parks at 100: Confronting Change & Committing to Science
April 23, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Elkins Auditorium, Pepperdine University

E3'S Earth Month Speaking Panel
April 26, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
De Neve Plaza Room A/B

LA Business Council Annual Sustainability Summit
April 28, 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center

UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative 2017 Celebration #DreamRevolution
May 4, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunset Canyon Living Ampitheater

Green Gala
May 24, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Carnesale Commons: Palisades Ballroom

 

Nissan Offering Bruins $10K Toward LEAF Purchase

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nissanleafThis offer has just been extended!

Now through the end of September, Nissan is offering all UCLA staff, faculty, and students a $10,000 incentive to be used toward the purchase of a 2017 Nissan LEAF.

Those with valid Bruin ID cards who decide to purchase a LEAF—which is an electric vehicle (EV)—will also qualify for a Clean Fuel Permit. With this permit, you’ll be able to receive complimentary Level 1 EV charging in various parking lots and structures across campus.

Here are more reasons to seriously consider buying an EV:

  1. No oil changes ever
  2. Never buy gas again
  3. Potential state HOV lane access
  4. Up to 107 mile range
  5. 24 months of complimentary public charging off campus
  6. Eligible for UCLA Clean Fuel Parking Permit (includes daily Level 1 charging on campus)

For more information about this deal, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact your local Nissan dealer. Additional Nissan incentive information can be found at bit.ly/uclanissanleaf.

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Big Blue Bus Announces Changes to Route 17

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bbbThe Big Blue Bus has just announced some major changes coming to Route 17 on February 19th!

The new and improved route will not only provide much better connectivity between UCLA and the Expo Line, but it will also provide longer weekday service and get you to your destination at a much quicker pace! Riders will also be able to take advantage of a brand new bus stop which will be located on NB Westwood Plaza & The Jules Stein Eye Institute!

Here is the complete list of changes that will be made to Route 17:

1. The route will now begin and end at Charles E. Young Terminal instead of Hilgard Terminal

2. Northbound trips will no longer serve Le Conte Ave. or Hilgard Ave.

3. The Southbound stop will be discontinued on Hilgard Ave. and Westholme Ave.

4. The stop on National Blvd. & Venice Blvd. (Culver City Station) will now be located before the intersection.

5. There will also be six new discontinued stops:

  • NB Westwood Blvd. & Le Conte Ave.
  • EB Le Conte Ave. & Tiverton Ave.
  • NB Hilgard Ave. & Manning Ave.
  • NB Hilgard Ave. & Westholme Ave.
  • UCLA Hilgard Terminal
  • SB Hilgard Ave. & Westholme Ave

 

New Culver CityBus Rapid 6 Short Line

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Culver City BusExciting news! The Culver CityBus Rapid 6 has returned to Gateway Plaza (formerly known as Ackerman turnaround). They've also implemented additional service—with a new mid-day service between 10:12 a.m. and 2:42 p.m. that picks up every 30 minutes and additional evening service.

To top it all off, there's a new all-day Rapid 6 Short Line! The Short Line has 8 stops instead of the regular Rapid's 15, from Westwood Plaza/Strathmore Place to Sepulveda Boulevard/Palms Boulevard.

UCLA faculty, staff and students can ride any Culver CityBus for a 50-cent copay per ride, or by purchasing a BruinGO! Flash Pass for only $33 per quarter. This fall, as part of our new BruinTAP for Transit promotion, if you buy a Go Metro pass, you'll get a Flash Pass for free!

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