The climate crisis is here. We already experience a multitude of interconnected impacts on our lives. Climate solutions are also interconnected — such as renewable energy and zero-emission transportation — and can provide social, economic, and local environmental benefits for a more sustainable and equitable future. These strategies can uplift impacted communities while building local resiliency. Evidence-based public policies are critical to expanding climate solutions. Data-driven research from the Luskin Center for Innovation (LCI) supports the design and implementation of effective and equitable climate policies. We have a focus on California, known globally for its climate action leadership.

Our Research

Adaptation and Resilience

As communities confront a rapidly changing climate, climate adaptation has become an urgent policy priority. LCI seeks to advance the understanding of how climate change can affect vulnerable populations – including low-income households and workers in climate-exposed industries – and inform actions to increase resiliency.
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Mitigation

LCI research informs California’s pioneering efforts to combat climate change through state policy and local planning. This includes assessing the co-benefits of climate policies in order to learn how to most efficiently reduce carbon emissions while maximizing local benefits such as improved air quality and public health.
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Climate Investments

Revenues from California’s carbon Cap-and-Trade Program flow into communities across California, particularly areas affected by pollution and poverty. LCI is a leading research center analyzing and informing how billions of dollars in these California Climate Investments are spent and the co-benefits that they bring to the state.
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Contact

Jason Karpman, project director Email | Profile
Rae Spriggs, manager of climate action research Email | Profile