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Stateside Chat: Lessons Learned From California’s Decades of Climate Action

How Policymakers and Advocates Worked for More Equitable and Ambitious Climate Progress

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For decades, California has been at the forefront of climate action, including a voluntary emissions reduction program as far back as 2001 and landmark clean car standards that have been adopted by states across the country. The Biden administration has taken a bold approach to climate policy in its first 100 days, laying out climate commitments in a day one executive order and following up with major investments in climate action to create good jobs, deliver on environmental justice, and reduce planet-warming emissions through its proposed American Jobs Plan. As the administration begins working closely with Congress on further developing and implementing bold climate policies, the federal government can build on successes and learn from challenges experienced by states—including California.

Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion on some of the key elements of California’s climate efforts and how these best practices, challenges, and lessons learned can be used as models as the federal government moves toward historic climate action.

CAP recently released a related report titled “Learning from California’s Ambitious Climate Policy.” Click here to read the report.

This event is the second in a new series of events titled Stateside Chat, highlighting recent state and local successes and outlining a blueprint for continued progress on a number of issues.

We would love to hear your questions. Please submit any questions for our distinguished panel via email at CAPeventquestions@americanprogress.org or on Twitter using #StatesideChat. Live captioning will be available on Zoom and on the YouTube livestream.

In conversation:
Mary D. Nichols, Former Chair, California Air Resources Board
John Podesta, Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors, Center for American Progress

Distinguished panelists:
Wade Crowfoot, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
Lauren Faber-O’Connor, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles
Alvaro S. Sanchez, Vice President of Policy, The Greenlining Institute

Moderator:
Aimee Barnes, Founder, Hua Nani Partners; Senior Adviser, California-China Climate Institute