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Charting California's Course on the Environment from Brown to Newsom and Beyond

Charting California's Course on the Environment from Brown to Newsom and Beyond

Presented by the UCLA School of Law, Emmett Institute on Climate Change & The Environment

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Over the period spanning Governor Brown's four terms in office, California cemented its identity as a pioneer of forward-thinking environmental law. California's stance on climate and energy policy has marked the state as a national, and even global, force. At home, however, California continues to face entrenched environmental issues: the use and movement of water, the development of fossil fuel resources, and a housing affordability struggle that raises deep questions about land use policy.

This symposium will explore California's status and future as an environmental pioneer. Panelists will examine the successes and challenges faced during Governor Brown's tenure in office, taking a close look at the complexities of the state's environmental policy commitments and what they have meant for California, the nation, and the international community. With Governor Newsom now at the helm, we will also look at today's environmental leadership opportunities: both to stay the course and to build upon it.

Confirmed speakers: 

  • Keynote speaker: Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board

  • Ken Alex, Director, Project Climate, Berkeley Law

  • Ann Carlson, Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law and Faculty Co-Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law

  • E. Joaquin Esquivel, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board

  • Yana Garcia, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs, CalEPA

  • Gladys Limón, Executive Director, California Environmental Justice Alliance

  • Liane Randolph, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

  • Julia Stein, Supervising Attorney, Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic and Project Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law

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