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USF School of Law Diversity Week 2022 - A Resource Guide

Progress on Climate Action: Inflation Reduction Act, California Policy Updates, and Climate Justice

Progress on Climate Action: Inflation Reduction Act, California Policy Updates, and Climate Justice

The University of San Francisco Environmental Management program (MSEM), Environmental Science program (ENVS), and the School of Law's Environmental Law Student & Alumni Society (ELSAS) will host a public event highlighting recent progress on climate action at the federal, state, and community levels. Speakers will discuss progress being made through the Inflation Reduction Act, California climate policy, and climate justice — and discuss next steps needed for a healthy climate.

This event is also part of USF programming for Global Climate Change Week, Oct. 11-21.

Speakers will explore questions such as:

  • How much progress is gained on greenhouse gas emissions reductions and resilience to climate impacts with the Inflation Reduction Act? How much do the side deals with the fossil and finance industries undermine real progress?

  • How much do recent California climate policies — such as the updated Scoping Plan and Clean Car II Rule — contribute to deeper and swifter progress on carbon neutrality? What are the gaps and yet-to-be-tapped opportunities?

  • How is climate justice advanced in these recent federal and California climate policies? Recognizing that climate justice is social justice, how are systemic injustices ignored or further entrenched in these policies? What are some specific steps for us to work in solidarity on a healthy climate for all?

For more information, visit: Progress on Climate Action


Connie Cho

Pictured (Left to Right):

Leuwam Tesfai, Deputy Executive Director for Energy and Climate Policy, California Public Utilities Commission (and USF Law alumna);

Sylvia Chi, Senior Strategist, Just Solutions Collective;

Connie Cho, Communities for a Better Environment, AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee

The panel will be moderated by Professor Stephanie Siehr (pictured above), Director of MS in Environmental Management, University of San Francisco.

Library Resources - Available Through Zief and Gleeson Libraries

USF's Zief Law Library and Gleeson Library have extensive collections - in print, eBook, and electronic resource format - on climate change, environmental justice, and climate justice. Here are just a few titles that may be of interest, but use the Ignacio Catalog or talk to a research librarian to find more!

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