Natural Resource Strategies has been involved in the development of several reports, publications, and applications. Our team supports clients with research, writing, editing, and copy editing.
This Toolkit is a compilation of technologies that can be used in parks to make them SMART. It is meant for park managers, designers, advocates, and anyone who wishes to learn how technology can be incorporated into parks.The Toolkit describes each technology, how it fits into a park setting, why a park manager may decide to use the technology, and challenges that managers may face during implementation. The Toolkit also provides specific examples to help readers understand the opportunities available and how technology has been or could be applied in park settings.
- This Guide features 14 case studies of successful small and large projects that have improved community access to the Los Angeles River and/or created parks, pathways, or bridges along it. We include considerations for how to: develop clear project goals, strategic partnerships, and reasonable timelines; engage and empower community members; develop creative project designs; determine accurate project costs; consider funding options; effectively coordinate with numerous permitting agencies and private land owners; and sustain long-term project operations and maintenance.
Protecting the Most Vulnerable: A Financial Analysis of Cap-and-Trade’s Impact on Households in Disadvantaged Communities Across California
This report analyzes California's Cap-and-Trade compliance costs, which result from the regulated entities’ purchase of carbon allowances. The costs of these allowances create price signals that communicate to consumers the amount of greenhouse gas emissions associated with electricity, natural gas, and gasoline consumption.
- Community choice aggregators (CCAs) are a new type of retail electricity provider that enable communities to make decisions about what kinds of energy resources to invest in for themselves rather than relying on traditional investor-owned utilities. Since 2010, California communities have established eight CCAs. Additionally, over a dozen communities are actively exploring the creation of a CCA. In this report, we describe the opportunities and challenges facing CCAs and the implications for California more broadly.
- This Atlas can help cities, councils of government, utilities, and other public and private entities plan for the forecasted growth of electric vehciles and make informed investments in Southern California. This includes identifying potential charging infrastructure opportunities and where utility upgrades may be needed to accommodate additional electricity loads.
These reports explore barriers to plug-in electric (PEV) vehicle adoption for residents of multi-unit dwellings (MUDs)--within the Westside Cities subregion of Los Angeles County and South Bay--and then identifies MUDs within the study region that may exhibit high latent PEV demand and subsequent demand for low-cost electric vehicle charging installations. These MUDs should be a priority for targeted outreach because they are most likely to host PEV drivers in the near future.
These reports highlights major research findings and other top stories from the collaborative work of UCLA's Luskin Center for Innovation in 2016 and 2017. Initiative sections include Climate Action, Advanced Transportation, Clean Energy, Sustainable Water, and Urban Greening.