Join the Climate Ride

Support the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment by Joining a Climate Ride Event


The Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment has been selected as a beneficiary for the 2015 Climate Ride events. Right now, we’re recruiting members and supporters for our team on this year’s Climate Hike Glacier National Park and the Northeast ride and Midwest ride. You can be part of the fun and raise funds for the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the same time.

Climate Hike Glacier National Park, Montana (August 24-28, 2015) is a charitable hiking challenge that explores the wildest national park in the United States, and the ecosystem most threatened by environmental degradation and climate change. On Climate Hike Glacier, you'll spend four days hiking the iconic trails on the 'Crown of the Continent'. You'll see majestic 500-year old cedar forests under threat of wildfires and glaciers in fast retreat. Over four days of hiking, you'll cover 40+ miles across the park — traversing aretes and high alpine mountain passes and glacier lakes and waterfalls.

Climate Ride Northeast (September 17-21, 2015) a 5-day, 320-mile route takes advantage of the best cycling in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. You'll ride along the North Atlantic's scenic coastline by day and spend evenings with an amazing community of people.

Climate Ride Midwest (September 27-30, 2015) spans three states and connects two vibrant cities, while exploring some of the best cycling in the country. From the exciting trip start in Grand Rapids, MI – one of Bicycling Magazine’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities, home to the world’s largest art competition, and known as the “Beer City” due to its many craft breweries – to the triumphant arrival in Chicago.

In addition to the ride component, Climate Ride, which is known as the “green conference on wheels,” features a nightly speaker series that includes discussions with some of the best and brightest minds in environmental policy, advocacy and innovation. UCLA School of Law Professor Ted Parson was a participant and featured speaker at the 2014 NYC-DC Climate Ride.

We are proud to be part of this initiative to raise awareness on the critical issue of climate change, and grateful to Dan Emmett, whose generous support for our work greatly magnifies its impact. I encourage our students, alumni, friends and supporters to join us on this adventure—both to have an exciting challenge and to help advance our efforts to build a sustainable future.

Ted Parson, Dan and Rae Emmett professor of environmental law and faculty co-director of the Emmett Institute, participant and featured speaker in the 2014 NYC – DC Climate Ride

Anyone who has participated in Climate Ride raves about the tour as a “life-changing” and “eye-opening” experience.


Climate Ride was an extremely rewarding experience—the friendships that I formed with other professionals similarly committed to aggressively addressing climate change made the ride for me. I want to encourage my fellow alumni to participate in this important initiative, especially now that the law school’s Emmett Institute will directly benefit from their support.

Bruce Catania ’84 (pictured right in the 2013 Climate Ride)

What is even better is that you can enjoy this great event, while at the same time helping to support the Emmett Institute’s mission. If you select us as your beneficiary when you register or join one of our teams we will be the recipient of the funds you raise, which means our efforts will gain even more traction in the future. All dollars raised for the institute from the Climate Ride events will be matched by Dan Emmett, chairman of Santa Monica-based Douglas Emmett, Inc. and the founder of the Emmett Institute.

Registration for Climate Ride or Climate Hike is $100 and then you raise at least $2,800 to participate in an all-inclusive cycling trip. Proceeds go directly to the beneficiaries that riders choose. Join the Emmett Institute team as a sponsor and supporter at any level.