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​Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City

​Author Ethan Elkind, Climate Policy Associate for UCLA School of Law and Berkeley School of Law, discuss his new book on Los Angeles' history with rail transit, "Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City."

 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?

Senate Select Committee Hearing on Climate Change and AB 32 Implementation: California Climate Progress Update

​The next hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Climate Change and AB 32 Implementation will be held at UCLA Law School.

Lunch Talk: Climate Change, the Business Community, and California

​Dan Emmett, founder of the Emmett Center, leads a conversation on how to develop healthy relationships between environmental regulators and the business community.

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.

Lecture & Panel | What Climate Change Means for LA

Join us for a half-day seminar featuring groundbreaking climate prediction research by Alex Hall, UCLA climate scientist and professor, followed by a panel discussion with climate policy experts.

Workshop| REDD+ in California?
Workshop| REDD+ in California?
Friday, April 5, 2013

This all-day symposium will explore the potential benefits and challenges of linking programs in foreign jurisdictions directed at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) to California’s cap-and-trade program as sources of offsets.

Conference | Climate Solutions for Los Angeles: Hot City, Cool Roofs

The City of Los Angeles, Climate Resolve, the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative, and the Emmett Center invite you to an exclusive conference that brings together experts, innovators, and policymakers to inform LA area leaders on cool roof technologies and how cool roofs can help LA survive and thrive in a changing climate.  Speakers include LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Emmett Center Executive Director Cara Horowitz, and Haley Gilbert of the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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.

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.

Presentation | The Future of Water Quality and Supply in Southern California

​The inaugural meeting of the UCLA Water Resources Group will feature a presentation and m​oderated discussion concerning the future of Southern California's water quality and supply. The subject of the presentation​ will be Metropolitan Water District's recently released Blue Ribbon Committee Report. 

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.

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. ​


On Friday, March 6, 2009, the day-long symposium at UCLA focused on the response of government, industry and communities in the L.A. region to the new AB 32 scoping plan and coming climate change regulations. 

SB 375 Workshop: Implementing California

On January 27, 2009, the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment co-sponsored a discussion of SB 375, which has been called the state’s most important land-use law since the Coastal Act.​

Preventing and Responding to Catastrophe: The Role of Environmental Law and Policy

Leading scholars, advocates and government officials discussed disaster planning and response, with particular attention to global climate change and to the vulnerability of California's levee system.  Bruce Babbitt gave the keynote address, stressing the importance of land-use planning in ensuring that more housing isn't built in vulnerable areas. ​