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.