Make or Break: Transforming U.S. Infrastructure to Meet Climate Goals

Wed 4/12/2023 • 8:20AM - 3:45PM PDT

UCLA School of Law, Room 1357

Buckle up. The transition to cleaner energy is speeding up and a pair of recent climate laws promises to really put America’s foot on the accelerator. But how these laws are implemented at the local, state, and national level will determine whether the U.S. can meet increasingly urgent climate goals as well as benefit communities that historically have been left behind.

Join the UCLA Emmett Institute’s annual symposium on Wednesday, April 12 to explore the new laws that are driving the clean energy transition. We’ll focus on implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

Leading lawyers, energy experts, environmental advocates and architects of climate legislation will share their visions for an ideal infrastructure and how to build it. What’s the role of new legal mandates and economic incentives? How can local communities play a role in this development? How can lawyers and policymakers reduce the negative effects of such unprecedented growth? Big changes are coming to every state, city and household as a result of the IRA and IIJA. This event will provide policymakers with ideas for implementation and give students and climate-minded professionals insight into the process.

This day-long symposium at the UCLA School of Law is free and open to the public. It kicks off with a keynote address by David J. Hayes, former Special Assistant to the President for Climate Policy in the Biden administration, followed by the three panel discussions detailed below.

UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. Each panel session is approved for 1.0 hours of MCLE credit.


8:20-8:50 AM: Breakfast and Check-In

9:00-9:40 AM: Opening Remarks

9:40-9:50 AM: Morning Break

9:50-11:00 AM: Panel 1: Dreaming Big: How IRA and IIJA Can Help Build an Infrastructure for the Future

11:00-11:15 AM: Morning Break

11:15- 12:25 PM: Panel 2: Transmission Case Study: Remaking our Power Grid for Renewable Energy

12:25-1:25 PM: Lunch

1:25-2:35 PM: Panel 3: Transportation Case Study: Decarbonizing Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

2:35-2:45 PM: Afternoon Break

2:45-3:00 PM: Closing Remarks

3:00-3:45 PM: Reception

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