The Pritzker Environmental Law and Policy Briefs are published by UCLA School of Law in conjunction with researchers from a wide range of academic disciplines as well as the broader environmental law community. The papers provide expert analysis to engage further public dialogue on important issues impacting the environment.
This paper series is made possible through a generous donation by Anthony “Tony” Pritzker. Mr. Pritzker is an active member of and a leader in the Los Angeles community. He is a managing partner and co-founder of The Pritzker Group, a private investment firm representing Pritzker family interests, and he serves as chairman of AmSafe Partners. Mr. Pritzker is a trustee of Cal Arts, serves as a Director for Heal The Bay and is a member of the Dartmouth Board of Overseers. For his stewardship, Tony has received honors from Friends of Sheba Medical Center in Israel, Young Presidents’ Organization and the Brandeis Bardin Institute. He established the Anthony Pritzker Family Foundation in 2002, supporting health organizations, human services and Jewish agencies.
An estimated 20 million tons of plastic litter enters the
ocean each year. This litter has a wide range of adverse environmental
and economic impacts, from wildlife deaths and degraded coral reefs to billions
of dollars in cleanup costs, damage to sea vessels, and lost tourism and
fisheries revenues. Despite increased attention to the problem and
general agreement about the need for reduction and cleanup of marine plastic
litter, there us presently no overarching action plan that would e
address the problem.
This paper, fifth
in the Emmett Center's Pritzker Brief series, reviews the universe of studies,
policies and international agreement
s relevant to the problem and provide a
suite of recommendations to achieve meaningful reductions in plastic marine
litter by the year 2025.
Pritzker Policy Brief No. 4 | September 2013
California gets about 30 percent of its total water supply from groundwater. Overdraft threatens California's continued access to this scare resrouce, and the state does not presently have an effective way of allocating and managing groundwater. This paper evaluates the adjudicatory process used to resolve groundwater use disputes in California, and recommends a number of reforms that could be implemented by the legistlature or the courts to address problems in the adjudication and post-adjudication management of groundwater resources.
Pritzker Policy Brief No. 3 | January 2012
27 trillion pounds of chemicals are produced or imported into the
United States every year, more than one trillion of them in California
alone. In the face of relative inaction at the federal level, state
governments have moved to address hazardous chemical use. Our
third Pritzker Brief evaluates California's green chemistry legislation
(AB 1879), identifying four critical flaws that threaten to undermine
its success. Recommended revisions to the law are discussed. These
recommendations include: review of new chemicals and new uses before
introduction into commerce; required disclosure of chemical data by
product manufacturers; and authorization of a regulatory fee to
adequately fund California's green chemistry program.
Los Angeles is one of the best places in the country for a relatively easy and cost-effective measure to improve public health, combat climate change, reduce energy demand, and save money: installing cool roofs. This Pritzker Brief makes a case for accelerating the adoption of cool roofs in L.A. and recommends law and policy strategies for achieving that goal. Using a dataset of L.A. rooftops and some conservative estimates of energy savings, Cara Horowitz shows that L.A. residents could save $30 million a year if the city significantly improved its adoption of cool roofs on new and existing buildings. Other benefits would include improved air quality, lower urban temperatures, and a reduction in global warming equivalent to removing millions of cars from the road for a year.
Pritzker Policy Brief No. 1 | July 2011
Rhead Enion describes the importance of groundwater and the advantages of realigning California's water rights system to better manage groundwater. According to Under Water, the state should establish enforceable standards and goals for monitoring, data reporting and management of groundwater basins, to be implemented by regional and local entities. Under Water recommends, among other things: comprehensive groundwater monitoring, including groundwater use metering and groundwater quality screenings; the availability at a statewide level of monitoring data from regional and local agencies; and the implementation of statewide rules for regional regulation of groundwater, with mandatory management goals