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Since 1991, the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium has tackled the connections between transportation, land use, and the environment. The increasing effects of climate change demand urgent local action, and while California is a recognized global leader on climate policy and emissions reduction, its rapid urban and regional growth creates conflict between sustainability goals and outdated land use policies and planning frameworks. From zoning to transportation funding to regional housing plans, old regulations create problems of affordability and sprawl that work against climate goals. California’s severe housing crisis is intrinsically connected to the climate crisis, as public and market forces inhibit the sustainable growth necessary to protect the environment.

The discussion of Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains launched by the 2017 Arrowhead Symposium considers the latest research, and most innovative new practices from around California and the globe, around key questions of land use and climate. How can we get the transportation outcomes we want by allowing the housing we need? How can we better integrate climate action planning with existing housing and transit plans? How can new technology influence transportation choices and climate behavior?

Arrowhead’s diverse and influential group of policymakers, private sector stakeholders, public sector analysts, consultants, advocates, and researchers dive into these pressing policy issues every day. Here we’ve collected some of their insights from the Symposium, as well as information on their ongoing work and updates on upcoming events.

Video: Insights from selected 2017 Arrowhead speakers

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