The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) channels the expertise of the Berkeley Law community into pragmatic, creative policy solutions to critical environmental and energy challenges.
Two Research Fellows Join CLEE
John Bowie is a graduate of Pace Law School. His recent work includes an analysis of energy efficiency programs and case studies of innovative finance in renewable energy. He joined the Wheeler Institute in November and is focusing on translating policy lessons from the energy sector to California water.
Alida Cantor received her PhD in Geography from Clark University in 2016. Her dissertation focused on the discourses, politics, and laws used to justify controversial rural-to-urban water transfers in California. Alida will be joining the Wheeler Institute in January.
— Events & Updates —
Professor and CLEE Faculty Co-Director Holly Doremus was just named a fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science. The honor hails her contributions to innovation, education and scientific leadership, “particularly involving the complex interactions among natural science, social science and policy.”
On Nov 9 CLEE held a webinar to celebrate the launch of www.climatepoloicysolutions.org which contains all the policy recommendations emanating from our Climate Change & Business Research Initiative. Since 2009, this collaborative initiative with UCLA has been examining ways to reduce carbon emissions in multiple sectors of the economy. These policy recommendations result from a series of workshop convenings with key stakeholders from the business, academic, and policy sectors of the affected industries. They are also contained in reports accessible via CLEE or the UCLA Emmett Institute.
On Nov 17, we co-hosted a one-day symposium on the California Coastal Act and the past, present, and future of coastal governance. The conversation has been recorded and archived to support broad public participation. Read more about the symposium or watch the proceedings in full.
On the cusp of national elections and international meetings on climate change, CLEE hosted David Doniger, Director of the Climate and Clean Air Program at the NRDC. David’s Nov 1 address provided an in-depth look at the future of the Clean Power Plan in the context of other key efforts to reduce emissions and increase resilience.
Ken Kimmell, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, spoke on Oct 19 addressing the current international framework on climate change and the ambition gap that exists between pledges and action. The lunch talk covered the potential tfor novel state approaches technological opportunities to facilitate emission reductions.
Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE) and its partners developed a new process to find “least-conflict” lands in the eight-county San Joaquin Valley region. The project team convened leaders from the agricultural, conservation, and solar PV development communities, and included tribes and key agencies. We asked the groups one question: from your perspective, where are the least-conflict lands for solar PV development in the Valley?
- Citizen Enforcement and Sanitary Sewer Overflows in California (Apr 2016)
- Barriers to Innovation in Urban Wastewater Utilities: Attitudes of Managers in California (Envt’l Mgmt, Mar 2016) [sub. req’d]
- Designing Effective Groundwater Sustainability Agencies: Criteria for Evaluation of Local Governance Options (Mar 2016)
- Beyond User Acceptance: A Legitimacy Framework for Potable Water Reuse in California (ES&T, 2015)
- A Riparian Conservation Network for Ecological Resilience (Biological Conservation, 2015)
- Accelerating Cost-Effective Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Learning from Local Implementation (Feb 2015)
- Powering the Savings: How California Can Tap the Energy Efficiency Potential in Existing Commercial Buildings (Mar 2016)
- Climate Actions for California: Recommendations for Governor Jerry Brown’s Final Term (Dec 2015)
- Planting Fuels: How California Can Boost Local, Low-Carbon Biofuel Production (Dec 2015)
- Moving Dollars: Aligning Transportation Spending With California’s Environmental Goals (Feb 2015)
- Wasting Opportunities: How to Secure Environmental & Clean Energy Benefits from Municipal Solid Waste Energy Recovery (May 2016)
- The Right to Self-Generate As A Grid-Connected Customer (Energy Bar Assoc., Nov 2015)
- Knowledge is Power: How Improved Energy Data Access Can Bolster Clean Energy Technologies & Save Money (Jan 2015)
- Ex Parte Requirements at the California Public Utilities Commission: A Comparative Analysis and Recommended Changes (Jan 2015)
- A Path Forward: Identifying Least-Conflict Solar PV Development in California’s San Joaquin Valley (May 2016)
- Grading California’s Rail Transit Stations (issued by Next 10, Oct 2015)