California is a leader in climate change action, both through state policy and local planning. The state’s foundational policy is Assembly Bill (AB) 32, which passed in 2006 and set a target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. AB 32 also created a framework for a suite of now about 50 climate measures to reduce GHG emissions economy-wide, including from the transportation, energy, and water sectors. At the same time, regional and local municipalities throughout the state have adopted climate action plans. These plans assess baseline GHG emissions and identify land use and other actions the respective municipality will take to reduce its emissions.

The Luskin Center for Innovation (LCI) conducts research to inform evidence-based climate policy and planning. This includes assessing the co-benefits of climate policies in order to learn how to efficiently reduce GHG emissions while maximizing local benefits such as improved air quality and public health.

Much of LCI’s sector-specific climate policy and planning research is organized in our transportationenergy, and water program areas. Other climate research is not sector-specific, and is instead crosscutting. Examples of these crosscutting studies are provided below.