April 2018

Achieving Sustainable Freight in California 

CLEE's new report, Delivering the Goods, outlines California's sustainable freight system of the future and the policy, infrastructure, and technological developments needed to get there.

Based on a two-day symposium with state and local officials, as well as industry and nonprofit representatives, the report highlights the tension between the economic importance of freight in California and its substantial environmental impacts. The system is responsible for millions of in-state jobs and much of the country's international trade, but it also generates approximately half of the most health-harmful particulate matter emissions and significant amounts of greenhouse gases.

Our report identifies key policies and funding opportunities that can promote
the technological developments and new infrastructure needed to achieve sustainability, such as all-electric trucking fleets, increased rail usage, and smart highways. Examples include construction of freight-only highway lanes; secure data-sharing platforms for industry and government to identify best practices; and increased funding for freight-adjacent communities (such as neighborhoods immediately surrounding seaports) to study and address public health impacts.

By increasing collaboration among agencies, involvement of communities in decision-making processes, and coordination between technology developers and state planners, California will be able to advance its vision of a sustainable freight future. 

Access the report here or contact Ethan Elkind and Ted Lamm for more information

California's Freight Destinations

Upcoming Conference
Toward Zero-Emission Freight at Southern California's Ports 

June 8, 2018  |   9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
UCLA Covel Commons  |   200 De Neve Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90095
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach bring more goods into the U.S. than any other ports in the country. Yet together the ports are the single largest source of air pollution in Southern California.

Harbor commissioners have adopted an ambitious plan to transition to cleaner fuels for freight in and around the ports in the next two decades, but achieving the vision for clean air will require answers to important questions:
  • What are the prospects and potential for various zero-emission technologies, including battery electrification, to reduce pollution?
  • How can finance, permitting, and community engagement support the transition to cleaner fuels?
  • What new policy and industry actions are needed for cost-effective deployment?
O n June 8, 2018, CLEE and the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA will host a daylong conference at the UCLA Covel Commons. Speakers will include the president of BYD Motors , the CEO of Coalition for Clean Air , the CEO of ProTerra , and the CEO of Total Transportation Services, Inc. as well as representatives from a number of other stakeholders in industry, government, and civil society. 

UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. By attending this event, you may earn up to 5.75 of general Minimum Continuing Legal Education credits. 
Faculty + Staff
In the News

Nell Green Nylen and Mike Kiparsky discuss SGMA and California's movement toward long-term groundwater sustainability in California Magazine.  

In light of the Scott Pruitt scandals, Prof Holly Doremus examines the importance of intra-executive branch checks and balances in Legal Planet.   

Responding to California's housing shortage in the Mercury News, Ethan Elkind says that if people are "blaming tech companies and developers, then they're not showing up at our city council meetings." 
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