Founded in 2008 with a generous gift from Dan
A. Emmett and his family, the Center is the nation's first law school
center focused exclusively on climate change. The Emmett Center is
dedicated to studying and advancing law and policy solutions to the
climate change crisis and to training the next generation of leaders in
creating these solutions. The Center works across disciplines to develop
and promote research and policy tools useful to decision-makers
locally, state-wide, nationally and beyond.
Taking advantage of its home at one of
California's top law schools, the Center has particular expertise on the
cutting-edge steps taken by California to lead the way toward
meaningful reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. The Center also works
on issues relating to international, national, and local climate change
law and policy, including both mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas
concentrations in the atmosphere) and adaptation (coping with whatever
climate change is inevitable despite our best mitigation efforts).