Sustainable Housing: CEQA & Urban Development

November 7, 2023 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Please join the Environmental Law Society for lunch and an exciting panel on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and urban development with experts from the field! One of the most effective ways that cities can minimize carbon emissions and improve local environmental conditions is by increasing housing density and shifting to public transit. CEQA is key to meeting this challenge because of its provisions addressing infill development, transit projects, and more. 

State legislators, academics, and organizations have advanced ideas to improve CEQA's permitting process to encourage dense housing plans while reducing harmful environmental impacts from urban projects. This panel will explore how cities can address their climate adaptation and mitigation goals using CEQA and other housing policies, as viewed from development, environmental justice, and academic perspectives. 

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Speakers include: 
Sean Hecht, former UCLA Law professor and current managing attorney of Earthjustice's California Regional office
Jen Ganata, environmental and housing attorney with Communities for a Better Environment
Brian Garcia, Visiting Scholar at the UCLA Department of Urban Planning
Jonathan Zasloff, UCLA Law professor of land use, environmental law, and more