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Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

About the Emmett Institute

The Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment is one of the country’s leading law school centers focused on climate change and other critical environmental issues. Founded in 2008 with a generous gift from Dan A. Emmett and his family, it works across disciplines to develop and promote research and policy tools useful to decision-makers locally, statewide, nationally and beyond.  Our Institute serves as a premier source of environmental legal scholarship, nonpartisan expertise, policy analysis, and training.  The Emmett Institute works hand in hand with the UCLA Sustainable Technology & Policy Program, a collaboration between UCLA Law and the UCLA School of Public Health.


Environmental law students at UCLA Law study a diverse curriculum, collaborate with celebrated faculty members, and develop skills in effective advocacy. The Frank G Wells Environmental Law Clinic affords them the opportunity to work closely with nonprofit and government partners tackling the most important environmental issues in California. Future environmental law leaders also help drive the national conversation through contributions to the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, events and other activities of the Environmental Law Society, and participation in numerous high-level internships.


The Institute provides policy-relevant research on issues relating to international, national, and local environmental law and policy.  Taking advantage of its home at one of California's top law schools, the Institute has particular expertise in the cutting-edge steps taken by California to lead the way toward meaningful reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Lawmakers, the broader legal community, business leaders, academics and the media rely on the Institute as a trusted resource to analyze and answer questions about policy and law issues relating to climate change and other environmental challenges.

Our Faculty

For Students

A central mission of the Emmett Institute is to attract, train, and support tomorrow's environmental leaders. We provide students with opportunities to work at the forefront of climate and environmental advocacy and to learn from leaders in the field.  More information

Upcoming Events

Challenges to Conserving the Congo Basin Rainforest: Climate Change and the Second Scramble for Africa

​Dr. Thomas B. Smith discusses UCLA programs working on climate change and development issues in Africa.


Recent News

Recent Publications

EPA Greenhouse Gas Rules at Stake in U.S. Supreme Court

​The Emmett Center's Ann Carlson and Megan Herzog author the featured article in the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' most recent "Trends" Newsletter. 

Federal Actions to Address Plastic Marine Pollution

​The Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic and client Surfrider Foundation prepared a briefing book on federal solutions to plastic marine pollution

Renewable Energy Beyond 2020

The twelfth report in our Climate Change and Business Research Initiative series recommends a new renewable energy target for 2030 that accounts for greenhouse gas emissions and tracks California's long-term climate change goal.


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