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.
Effective administration of California water resources requires a water rights database that includes all water rights and their terms, a system that doesn’t yet exist.
We will now be undertaking a pilot project to push forward this effort for a searchable database that supports managements decisions and fosters sustainability.
The water rights database is complementary to other work we are conducting on water data.
— Events & Updates —
We invite students, faculty, staff and the broader Environmental and Energy law community to join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates and award Certificates of Specialization in Environmental and Energy & Clean Technology Law. We hope to see you there for this very special annual event.
Please RSVP for this event by May 1, 2017.
Our new report Right Type, Right Place: Assessing the Environmental and Economic Impacts of Infill Residential Development through 2030 finds that encouraging new housing development in infill areas would spur economic growth, reduce monthly housing costs, and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Highlighting our efforts over the past months and providing a look forward to our projects in 2017, we are delighted to share our 2016 Annual Report.
With a summary of all of our research projects over the past year, from efforts to spur innovation in wastewater management and new methods to find the best lands for solar photovoltaic development, we hope that you will enjoy a quick look!
While climate programs are under political attack in California and nationally, we find that these programs have a total economic benefit of more than $13 billion on the San Joaquin Valley including the creation of over 30,000 jobs.
Our report, The Economic Impacts of the California’s Major Climate Programs on the San Joaquin Valley, examines the impact of cap-and-trade, renewable energy, and energy efficiency programs in the Valley.
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.
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.”
CLIMATE & ENERGY
- The Economic Impacts of California’s Major Climate Programs on the San Joaquin Valley (Jan 2017)
- Wasting Opportunities: How to Secure Environmental & Clean Energy Benefits from Municipal Solid Waste Energy Recovery (May 2016)
- 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)
- 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)