Past Seminar

California’s Climate Action: Leadership from the States

Jan 23, 2018 The National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20045

About the Event

RFF and Stanford Woods

Co-sponsored by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and Resources for the Future

California has implemented some of the toughest policies in the country to curb GHG emissions and confront climate change, recently extending until 2030 its landmark cap-and-trade program. In response to projections for future impacts, the state is also taking steps to adapt to a changing climate that will likely bring conditions for more frequent and severe droughts and wildfires. This event provided insights into California’s commitment to tackling climate change and protecting its natural environment. Panelists discussed the process for crafting and building support for the climate law and its impacts on industry as well as lessons to be drawn for similar efforts.



  • Kit Batten, Climate Resilience Chief, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Dallas Burtraw, Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Michael Wara, Senior Research Scholar, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford Unviersity
  • Chris Field, Perry L. McCarty Director and Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy