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The California-Quebec Adventure: Linking Cap and Trade as a Path to Global Climate Action?

A symposium on the recent linkage of the California and Quebec cap-and-trade programs and its implication for broader international climate cooperation.

 Navigating Climate Regulation on Dual Tracks

​Regulation of greenhouse gases is moving forward in the United States, with the most prominent efforts underway on at least two separate tracks. California is implementing A.B. 32 and related legislation while the federal government is moving forward with greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act.  This practitioners’ workshop highlights recent legal developments in both areas and investigates how this system of dual regulation will unfold. What are the pitfalls, synergies, and uncertainties of climate regulation developing in these two different ways?

Former EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson Lecture

​Lisa P. Jackson was Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, and is now Vice President of Environmental Initiatives for Apple.  Ms. Jackson will be speaking about ways that government and business can address environmental and energy challenges, as part of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability's Oppenheim Lecture Series.

US-Australian Dialogue on Water
US-Australian Dialogue on Water
Monday, January 13, 2014

​Australian and US Experts come together to challenge existing thinking on water issues and to explore twenty-first century solutions.

Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on Fracking

This forum will convene leading thinkers and key stakeholders for a candid discussion on how the best available science can help communities make informed decisions on hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") amidst the current expansion in drilling for shale oil and gas across the United States.

Regulatory Moneyball
Regulatory Moneyball
Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cass R. Sunstein, a leading public intellectual and advisor to President Obama, will present his approach to regulatory policymaking and share his experience in the White House.

Litigating Takings Challenges to Land Use and Environmental Regulations

The conference brings together a diverse group of leading scholars and experienced practitioners to discuss cutting-edge issues raised by recent decisions and pending court cases.

Global Warming: The Alberta Oil Sands and Canadian Climate Policy

Professor Andrew Weaver, from the University of Victoria, will discuss the Alberta oil sands and Canadian climate policy​.

Symposium | Saving Public Transit
Symposium | Saving Public Transit
Friday, November 2, 2012

Public transit in California and the nation—including the shuttles, buses, and passenger rail that serve our communities—has been b​attered by recession and dwindling public sector budgets. At the same time, ridership in many areas has spiked. This conference will highlight the challenges facing transit and explore solutions to overcome them and develop a world-class transit system.

A Capitol Hill Briefing on Electric Vehicle Policies

If you are in the Washington, DC area, you are invited to join the environmental law centers at Berkeley and UCLA Schools of Law as we present a Capitol Hill discussion on policies necessary for long-term, mass adoption of electric vehicle technologies.

Symposium | California

California’s landmark cap-and-trade program for controlling greenhouse gases gets underway this year, with the state’s first public auction slated for November 2012. The state still faces crucial questions, however, about how to spend revenues derived from its cap-and-trade auctions. Our symposium will look at a set of key questions surrounding revenue allocation decisions.

Lunch Talk | David Pettit, Senior Attorney, NRDC

David Pettit is a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council and a Bruin. At NRDC, Mr. Pettit leads the Southern California Air Quality Project.

Lunch Talk: Joel Reynolds
Lunch Talk: Joel Reynolds
Monday, October 3, 2011

NRDC Southern California Program Director Joel Reynolds will discuss environmental advocacy in the 21st Century.​

Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming

Naomi Oreskes, Professor of History and Science at UC San Diego, will discuss her book, Merchants of Doubt.

Presentation | What Caused the Gulf Oil Spill?

Lunch lecture by Richard Lazarus, Executive Director of the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Commission​

Local Agencies on the Cutting Edge: Emerging Challenges to Local Land Use Authority
Talk | Energy and Climate Policy in the Obama Administration

​Jody Freeman, who until recently served as Counselor for Energy and Climate Change in the White House, will discuss the Obama administration's energy and climate agenda.

A Public Debate: Proposition 23 and the Future of California

​On Oct. 21, 2010 at Korn Convocation Hall the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, KPCC Southern California Radio and the LA Times presented a public debate on Prop. 23, which would suspend AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act that requires reduced greenhouse gas emissions, until California's unemployment rate drops to 5.5% or below for four consecutive quarters.

Enacting Comprehensive Federal Climate Change Legislation in the Age of Environmental Eclecticism, or, We

Thomas R. Mounteer, partner at Paul Hastings, will discuss political compromise, science and the likelihood of comprehensive climate change legislation in the U.S. Senate.​

Climate Change Forum with Rep. Henry Waxman and Sen. Fran Pavley

UCLA welcomed Rep. Henry Waxman (CA-30) and Sen. Fran Pavley (SD-23) for a public forum on landmark state and federal climate legislation. ​