Faculty Profiles

Ethan Elkind

Ethan Elkind

Director of the Climate Change and Business Program
B.A. Brown University, 1998
J.D. UCLA, 2006
UCLA Faculty Since 2006

Books

Railtown: The Fight for L.A.’s Metro Rail System and the Future of the City. Univ. of California Press (2014).

Articles & Policy Reports

Wasting Opportunities: How to Secure Environmental & Clean Energy Benefits from Municipal Solid Waste Energy Recovery, UC Berkeley Law (May 2016). Full Text
A Path Forward: Identifying Least-Conflict Solar PV Development in California’s San Joaquin Valley, UC Berkeley Law (May 2016). Full Text
Powering the Savings: How California Can Tap the Energy Efficiency Potential in Existing Commercial Buildings, UC Berkeley/UCLA Schools of Law (March 2016). Full Text
Climate Actions for California: Recommendations for Governor Brown’s Final Term, UC Berkeley Law (December 2015). Full Text
Planting Fuels: How California Can Boost Local, Low-Carbon Biofuel Production, UC Berkeley/UCLA Schools of Law (December 2015). Full Text
Grading California’s Rail Transit Station Areas, UC Berkeley Law (November 2015). Full Text
Moving Dollars: Aligning Transportation Spending With California’s Environmental Goals, UC Berkeley/UCLA Schools of Law (February 2015). Full Text
Knowledge Is Power: How Improved Energy Data Access Can Bolster Clean Energy Technologies & Save Money, UC Berkeley/UCLA School of Law (January 2015). Full Text
Is Rail Worth It, 27(1) UC Berkeley Planning Journal (2014). Full Text
Reuse and Repower: How to Save Money and Clean the Grid with Second-Life Electric Vehicle Batteries, UC Berkeley/UCLA Schools of Law, Bank of America Policy Paper (September 2014). Full Text
Infill Planning Template for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research’s California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines of 2014 (with Christopher Williams), UC Berkeley School of Law (September 2014).
Renewable Energy Planning Template for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research’s California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines of 2014 (with Christopher Williams), UC Berkeley School of Law (September 2014).
Back in the Fast Lane: How to Speed Public. Transit Planning & Construction in California, UCLA School of Law, Pritzker Brief No. 6 (August 2014). Full Text
Renewable Energy Beyond 2020: Next Steps for California, UC Berkeley/UCLA Schools of Law, Bank of America Policy Paper (November 2013). Full Text
Electric Vehicle Paradise: How Hawai'i Can Lead the World in Deployment (with Anne Ku), UC Berkeley Law/University of Hawai'i, Maui College (September 2013). Full Text
A High Speed Foundation: How to Build a Better California Around High Speed Rail, UC Berkeley/UCLA Schools of Law, Bank of America Policy Paper (August 2013). Full Text
Electric Drive by ‘25: How California Can Catalyze Mass Adoption of Electric Vehicles by 2025, UC Berkeley/UCLA Schools of Law, Bank of America Policy Paper (September 2012). Full Text
2020 Strategic Analysis of Energy Storage in California. Principal investigator and co-author with researchers from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of California, San Diego California Energy Commission, Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program (November 2011). Full Text
Harvesting Clean Energy: How California Can Deploy Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects on Appropriate Farmland, UC Berkeley/UCLA Schools of Law, Bank of America Policy Paper (October 2011). Full Text
All Aboard: How California Can Increase Investments in Public Transit, UC Berkeley/UCLA Schools of Law, Bank of America Policy Paper (July 2011). Full Text
Drops of Energy: Conserving Urban Water in California to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Emissions UC Berkeley/UCLA Schools of Law, Bank of America Policy Paper (May 2011). Full Text
California at the Crossroads: Proposition 23, AB 32, and Climate Change (with Daniel Farber, Richard Frank, Michael Hanemann, Daniel Kammen, Anna Kantenbacher, and Steven Weissman), UC Berkeley School of Law, Center for Law Energy and the Environment White Paper (September 2010). Full Text
The Power of Energy Storage: How to Increase Deployment in California to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, UC Berkeley/UCLA Schools of Law, Bank of America Policy Paper (July 2010). Full Text
Plan for the Future: How Local Governments Can Help Implement California’s New Land Use and Climate Change Legislation, UC Berkeley/UCLA Schools of Law, Bank of America Policy Paper (July 2010). Full Text
Room to Grow: How California Agriculture Can Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, UC Berkeley/UCLA Schools of Law, Bank of America Policy Paper (March 2010). Full Text
Saving Energy: How to Increase Renewable Energy Production on Big Buildings and Other Local Spaces, UC Berkeley/UCLA Schools of Law, Bank of America Policy Paper (May 2010).
In Our Backyard: How to Increase Renewable Energy Production on Big Buildings and Other Local Spaces, UC Berkeley/UCLA Schools of Law, Bank of America Policy Paper (December 2009).
Removing the Roadblocks: How to Make Sustainable Development Happen Now, UC Berkeley/UCLA Schools of Law, Bank of America Policy Paper (August 2009).
Falling Flat: Why the CEQA Affordable Housing Exemptions Have Not Been Effective (with Edward Stone), UCLA School of Law, Frankel Environmental Law and Policy Center, Working Paper #2 (Spring 2006).

Other

Location, location: Solar PV and the San Joaquin Valley (with Jim Strittholt), Capitol Weekly (May 16, 1026).
Efficient Buildings are Key to State’s Clean-Energy Push, Sacramento Bee (April 5, 2016).
How Politics Built L.A.'s Gold Line at the Expense of a Smarter System, L.A. Times (March 14, 2016).
How to Boost L.A.'s Sinking Transit Ridership, L.A. Times (February 1, 2016).
State Should Set Goals on Use of Low-Carbon Biofuel, Sacramento Bee (December 5, 2015).
Driving Development of Transit-Oriented Districts, San Diego Union-Tribune (October 8, 2015).
State Must Spend Smarter on Roads and 'Fix It First', Sacramento Bee (February 19, 2015).
Even Without Tesla, Electric Car Batteries Can Boost State, Sacramento Bee (September 17, 2014).
California's Slow Ride to New Transit, San Francisco Chronicle (August 6, 2014).
Rail Alone Can't Reinvent L.A., LA Times (January 27, 2014).
Making Sure Renewable Energy Produces Clean Energy, Sacramento Bee (November 24, 2013).
Fannie and Freddie Delinquent on Climate Change and Clean Energy, San Jose Mercury News (June 17, 2010).
Backyard Renewables (with Steven Weissman), San Jose Mercury News (January 15, 2010).
The Clean Energy Potential in our Backyard (with Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner), San Francisco Chronicle (December 2009).
Walk This Way: Urge Sustainable Development (with Assemblyman Jared Huffman), San Francisco Chronicle (August 30, 2009).
Mediation on the Hopi Indian Reservation, ACResolution, Association for Conflict Resolution Magazine (Winter 2009).