This year's symposium will have a dual focus on the concept of voluntary “partnerships” as the emerging approach to coping with climate change as well as current and future emissions regulations in California. Partnerships to reduce emissions are voluntary associations, between industry members and oftentimes municipal entities, which adhere to agreed upon emissions levels and other practices to reduce emissions. The first panel will investigate California's role as a partner with other governments and businesses and to explore how this new trend in voluntary self-regulation will impact the traditional legal system and the role of industry in society. Emissions regulations take many forms, ranging from declarations from the governor to assembly bills and standards set by state level agencies. The second panel will then focus on developing an understanding on how California's legislative attempts, specifically Assembly Bills 1493 and 32 and their enforcement through state agencies like the California Air Resources Board will interact with these partnerships.
The aim of this symposium is to explore how a voluntary and mandatory regulation system will coexist sustainably and whether this model will effectively reduce emissions. Two panels of experts in the field will speak to an audience of California lawyers, businesses, and graduate students to discuss this cutting edge issue and to highlight “need to know” information about reporting and compliance in this new frontier of climate change regulation.
This event has been approved for 4.5 hours of MCLE credit.