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policy and emissions reduction, its rapid urban and regional growth creates conflict between sustainability goals and outdated land use policies and planning frameworks.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
How can California be a global environmental leader if its runaway housing crisis makes climate change worse?
This question was at the heart of the 2017 edition of our annual Lake Arrowhead Symposium, held in October around the theme “Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains.” It’s now being asked in the national media, in a new article in Bloomberg Businessweek. “California risks losing the lead in the fight against climate change if it can’t reduce its citizens’ commutes,” reporter Esmé E. Deprez concludes. “To do so, it’ll need more housing.”
How can we grow our urban areas more responsibly? The 2017 symposium’s final panel, moderated by the Lewis Center’s John Gahbauer, featured pragmatic local leaders presenting tools they have each used to help communities, developers, and decision-makers better understand, create, evaluate, and modify individual projects that support positive growth. Read More >
Users of our transportation system are accustomed to flat fees — a single fare per transit ride, a set per-hour rate for street parking, a fixed delivery fee for packages, and so on. Economists and planners often suggest using “pricing” to improve transportation efficiency, or making users pay for what they consume in a way that would moderate excesses and encourage sustainable choices. On a panel moderated by Therese McMillan of Metro, Dr. Michael Manville of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Ellen Greenberg of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and Dr. Anne Goodchild of the University of Washington offered some ideas on different ways to price the transportation system, from package delivery to everyday auto travel. Read More >
California is not building enough housing, and the denser, more walkable, more environmentally friendly neighborhoods that are being built are not affordable. In a nuanced and often provocative session, moderated by Pepperdine University’s Dr. Greg Morrow and featuring presentations from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs associate professor Dr. Paavo Monkkonen, California State Senator Scott Wiener, and Dena Belzer of Strategic Economics, three explanations for this crisis emerged: California cities’ reliance on single-family zoning, the limited conception of what constitutes “neighborhood change,” and a lack of communication from planners, politicians, and advocates. Read More >