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Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains

The increasingly apparent effects of climate change demand urgent action. California, a long-established player in global climate change politics, continues to make progress towards statewide greenhouse gas reduction targets. Only ten years after its 2006 landmark legislation mandated the reduction of GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, California re-set the target to 40% below those levels by 2030. While technology, increased fuel efficiency, and better land use have paved the way for climate progress thus far, attaining the next level of emissions targets means confronting the statewide lack of housing in cities where per-capita emissions are substantially lower than in suburban places. The growth that cities are now facing is running up against the urban and regional forms and frameworks that sprung from early and mid-20th century planning and policies, when climate-efficiency was not a priority or even on the radar.

Even as transportation sales tax measures that seek to rebuild urban areas win votes and passage, proposed zoning changes and even moderate increases in density frequently meets with public antipathy that stymies or stalls development. At the same time, regional plans for housing are sometimes resisted or even ignored by cities in charge of implementing them, and state property tax law is at odds with state land use policies. These frictions push the state’s growth to outlying areas that require more infrastructure to be built and more miles to be traveled by car. How will climate goals be met if housing policies work against them? Can California continue to lead in reducing GHG emissions at the same time it is not providing or allowing climate-efficient housing to be built?

In the span of two and a half days, attendees of the 27th Annual Arrowhead Symposium will explore:

  • Why the housing crisis is a climate crisis
  • Market and non-market forces supporting and inhibiting sustainable growth
  • How to get the transportation outcomes we want by allowing the housing we need
  • How to integrate climate action planning with existing plans
  • Opportunities for technology and pricing to influence transportation choices and climate behavior
  • And much more.

Each fall the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium convenes a diverse group of influential policy-makers, private sector stakeholders, public sector analysts, consultants, advocates, and researchers to delve into the pressing public policy challenges related to the transportation – land use – environment connection. The Symposium’s location in the San Bernardino mountains affords attendees a reflective setting to contemplate, discuss, debate and return to their organizations with informed thinking on the latest research and most innovative new practices from around California and the globe.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone register to attend? 2017-07-25T21:21:33+00:00

This event is invitation-only. Attendees must receive a nomination to attend. Please enter nominees on this form. UCLA reserves the right to cancel attendee registration if they were not nominated to attend.

How do I get to the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center? 2017-07-24T17:27:00+00:00

Ground Transportation

The quickest way to access the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center is by automobile. For directions, use Google Maps or this page.  There are a few alternatives

  • Shuttle: We recommend Xpress Shuttles for service to Lake Arrowhead.  We will arrange at least one shuttle from Ontario Airport to the venue.  Participants can reserve space on this shuttle during their registration.
  • TNC: the conference center is inside the Uber service area but outside the Lyft service area
  • Transit: Mountain Transit’s RIM Off the Mountain offers Monday-Saturday service.  A local taxi connection is required.
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UCLA’s Lake Arrowhead Conference Center is 99 miles from the main campus, nestled on a lake a mile above the Pacific Ocean on the edge of the LA megaregion.  There are a variety of airport options, but we encourage invited speakers to look at the Ontario airport first for the added convenience of easy ground transportation.

We will arrange for shared-ride vans to transport speakers to and from the Ontario airport to the Conference Center.  For those flying into other airports who would prefer not to rent a car, we recommend Burbank or LAX, which have transit connections to Metrolink’s commuter rail service.  

Airports, in order of distance to the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center:

  1. Ontario (ONT): 45 miles; pre-arranged shuttle or car rental option; limited nonstop routes
  2. Palm Springs (PSP): 76 miles; car rental option; limited nonstop routes
  3. Santa Ana/Orange County (SNA): 80 miles; car rental option; 2nd most nonstop routes
  4. Burbank (BUR): 89 miles; car rental option, connecting Metrolink Service.
  5. Long Beach (LGB): 94 miles; car rental option; JetBlue hub
  6. Los Angeles International (LAX): 98 miles; car rental option, or Flyaway -> Metrolink; most nonstop routes

Traffic on Sunday mornings and Tuesday early afternoons is typically light relative to traffic during peak periods.

What does the registration fee include? 2017-07-25T21:21:03+00:00

The UCLA Lake Arrowhead Registration Fee includes much more than the typical conference registration fee.

What’s included?

  • Attendance at all sessions
  • Lodging (in semi-private accommodations)
  • WiFi throughout the facility
  • All meals (Sunday dinner through Tuesday lunch) and beverages (water, tea, wine)
  • Four receptions, including snacks and beverages (water, lemonade, beer & wine)
  • Coffee station (coffee & tea)
  • Use of venue facilities (heated pool, fitness center, tennis courts, hiking trails, see more)

What’s excluded?

  • Sunday lunch (unless purchased a la carte)
  • Transportation to and from the venue
  • Equipment rental fees for recreational activities