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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.

​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."

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

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

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.

Renewable Energy Beyond 2020
Renewable Energy Beyond 2020
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

​A lunchtime discussion on California policy makers' options to continue growing renewable energy into the future.

Advance Screening of the HBO Documentary "Toxic Hot Seat"

​Advance screening of the HBO documentary followed by a panel discussion.

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.

Arnold C. Harberger Lecture on Economic Development with Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University

Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University.  Professor Sachs is widely considered to be the world’s leading expert on economic development and the fight against poverty.  The Emmett Center is co-sponsoring this event with the UCLA Anderson School's Center for Global Management.  EVENT REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON MARCH 14, 2013.

Film Screening | Rock the Boat
Film Screening | Rock the Boat
Monday, April 15, 2013

When satirical writer and avid kayaker George Wolfe organizes a boating expedition down the entire 52 miles of the notorious Los Angeles River, he and his motley crew become entangled in a legal controversy of national proportions.

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.

Lunch Talk | David Miller - Can A Lawyer/Mayor Succeed Against Climate Change Where Nations Have Failed?

Come hear how the world’s largest cities are combating and responding to climate change from David Miller, former Mayor of Toronto and Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and current Counsel of International Business and Sustainability at Aird & Berlis LLP.  Lunch provided!  Please RSVP here.

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.

Whither the Court
Whither the Court
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Environmental Law Center, the Emmett Center and other UCLA programs present a review of the Supreme Court's past term.

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 | Small Islands, Climate Change, and the United Nations

Mark Jariabka, Executive Director of Islands First, will speak on how his environmental nonprofit works to build the capacity of small island developing states to advance their environmental agendas on the international stage.​ Please RSVP.

Lunch Talk | The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Reality

Chris Mooney, the bestselling author of The Republican War on Science, will discuss his new book at a lunch talk.  Please RSVP.​

Lunch Talk and Book Signing | Dr. Michael Mann

At UCLA Law on Monday, February 13, Dr. Michael Mann will discuss his new book, "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines."

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: Peter Frumhoff
Lunch Talk: Peter Frumhoff
Monday, November 21, 2011

Peter Frumhoff is the Director of Science and Policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Chief Scientist for its climate campaign. He is one of the country's leading voices on climate science and policy. Free to the public.​

Oppenheimer Lecture | Dr. Albert Carnesale

​Dr. Albert Carnesale will present the key recommendations of the recent report on global climate change responses, published by the National Academy of Sciences.

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.​

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. 

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.

Perspectives on Climate Change, Pollution, and the Clean Air Act

This symposium examines the relationship between Clean Air Act regulation and climate change from legal, principle and practical perspectives. Gina McCarthy, EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, will be the lunch keynote speaker.

The symposium will be held at UCLA School of Law on Friday, April 15, 2011. Register now!

Former Congressman Bob Inglis: Bringing America Together over Energy

Former Congressman Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) will give a public talk at UCLA Law School on the topic of conservatives and climate change. Rep. Inglis recently lost his seat in the June 2010 Republican primary due in part to his support of climate change action.​

Discussion | Career Paths in Environmental Law

​Our panelists, from various sectors and styles of environmental law practice,  discuss their own careers and will answer questions about how to get a good start on a fulfilling professional life in environmental law.

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.

The Climate War
The Climate War
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Eric Pooley is the author of the book "The Climate War", and the Deputy Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek. He is the former Managing Editor of Fortune, and Chief Political Correspondent for Time. His book "Climate War" examines the history of the climate change debate in Washington, focusing on answering the question of why, after all these years, we still haven't developed a comprehensive policy.​

India and Climate Change
India and Climate Change
Friday, April 9, 2010

We brought together NGOs, policy analysts, and legal and political science scholars working both in the U.S. and in India on climate change issues. Panels will focus on promising routes for engaging with India post-Copenhagen; challenges for domestic progress in India on climate and energy; and the intersection of international trade law and climate questions in India-US relations. ​

Environmental Justice Talk with Lauren Regan, Civil Liberties Defense Center

Lauren is director and staff attorney for the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) in Eugene, Oregon. Currently her focus is on defending activists prosecuted for environmental and animal defense actions in which the government has added terrorist enhancement charges or brought the cases under terrorism statutes.  She will give a basic over view of these and other prosecutions, commonly referred to as the Green Scare. She will also address the implications for environmentalists and environmental policy that flow from these types of prosecutions. Finally, Lauren will address practical considerations for attorneys navigating civil liberties and environmental cases in light of the Green Scare.​

Leading Developments in Chinese Law, including Environmental Law Plenary

Conference on leading developments in Chinese law and their implications for U.S.-China relations, including speakers on civil society, environmental law, commercial arbitration, and legal reform generally in China. ​

Climate Change and Geoengineering
Climate Change and Geoengineering
Monday, February 8, 2010

Geoengineering is the deliberate, large-scale manipulation of Earth’s environment to address the threats of climate change.  It is thought to be one of the few approaches that can successfully counteract global warming.  Dr. Wil Burns will speak about the past, present, and future of geoengineering, with a special focus on the feasibility of currently proposed geoengineering projects and potential governance mechanisms. ​

Post-Copenhagen Discussion with UCLA Law School Delegation

The Environmental Law Society presents an informal brownbag discussion with the UCLA School of Law delegation to Copenhagen's Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, led by Prof. Cara Horowitz of the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment.  Professor Horowitz and the student delegates will talk about their experiences and impressions of the ongoing international climate negotiation process.​

Adapting to a Parched Future: Cities, Development, and the War for Water

​How will the shrinking supply of water for Southern California affect urban and suburban development in the Southland?  How should policymakers, water suppliers, local governments, and developers respond?  What new litigation and other risks do developers and water managers face in this new era?  And what, if anything, does this have to do with climate change?  Come join this discussion with a panel of water experts drawn from business, law, and government. 

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.​

States in the Lead: Climate and Transportation Policy

This day of workshops will bring together state leaders and others from around the country to explore lessons learned from the state models, to share their strategies with policymakers on Capitol Hill, and to discuss ways that they can continue to lead. ​

Litigating Climate Change from California: Kate Kenealy, Deputy Attorney General, Natural Resources, California Department of Justice

Get the inside scoop on climate cases from one of California's leading climate change and air quality litigators.  Ms. Kenealy will discuss recent developments involving the state's efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, as well as emerging issues involving the interplay between state and federal initiatives to improve air quality.​

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. ​

Working Conference on Nanotech Regulatory Policy

On April 17, 2009, the Initiative on Sustainable Technology, a newly established joint project of the School of Law and the School of Public Health, co-sponsored a conference to address the explosive growth in the development and commercialization of nanomaterials-engineered particles having a size of 100 nanometers or less.​


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.​

Changing Climates: Adapting Law and Policy to a Transforming World

This public symposium brought together policymakers, legal scholars and environmental experts to address the impact of climate change on law and policy.  Articles from the symposium are published in Volume 56 of the UCLA Law Review.​

Coping with Global Warming
Coping with Global Warming
Friday, March 2, 2007

The conference  focused on how we will adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change, even as we all work to prevent those impacts.  Articles from the symposium will be featured in a special issue of the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy.​

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. ​