The Emmett Center and the law school's Evan Frankel Environmental Law and Policy Program have joined to form the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. The new, consolidated institute will house the law school's environmental law and policy work, and will focus on a full range of environmental issues in addition to addressing the challenges posed by climate change. Evan Frankel's seminal gift will be remembered with the creation of a new Evan Frankel Professor of Policy and Practice and through the continued important work of the Emmett/Frankel Fellows.
The Emmett Institute will be led by UCLA law professors Ann Carlson and Ted Parson, who will serve as faculty co-directors; Sean Hecht and Cara Horowitz will be the Institute's co-executive directors.
The Institute was made possible by a $1 million gift and a $1.5 million matching gift challenge from the Emmett Family Foundation. The gift is a re-investment by Dan and Rae Emmett, whose gift to UCLA Law in 2008 established the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment — the nation's first law school–based center focused exclusively on climate change.
The gift will support research and policy fellows; fund student scholarships and a public service fellowship; support outreach, events and speaker series; and provide resources to attract faculty members and address other key priorities. In addition, gifts to the Emmett Center will be matched by the Emmett Foundation on a one-to-one basis, up to $1.5 million.
The gift builds on foundational support for the law school's environmental programs from the Evan Frankel Foundation, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, the Anthony Pritzker Family Foundation, the Shapiro Family Charitable Foundation, Luanne Wells and many others.
"The Emmett Center has made great progress, in a relatively short period of time, in developing and promoting innovative solutions to address both the unprecedented environmental challenges we are facing domestically and their worldwide implications," Dan Emmett said. "We are extremely gratified by what has been accomplished so far and know that the center will continue to greatly impact how the most pressing climate concerns are addressed."