CLEANR hosts public conferences that bring together a variety of perspectives and disciplines for a range of audiences. UCI Law has hosted or co-hosted a number of interdisciplinary conferences on various environmental topics. In addition, CLEANR hosts an annual conference series in the fall on environmental law and another in the spring on land use law, both focused on problems of particular interest to practitioners and policymakers.

Upcoming Conferences

Desalination: A Solution to Drought and Clean Water Demands?

October 15, 2015
Co-Sponsored with Brown Rudnick, LLP
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Access to clean water is increasingly becoming one of the key challenges to humans and wildlife worldwide as population pressure, degrading water quality, declining snowpack and industrial and agricultural discharges contribute to this growing crisis. This conference will explore the potential role of desalination as a viable source of clean water in our region, as well as developments in desalination technology in other arid regions of the world, such as the Middle East and Australia. This symposium will also identify the challenges and benefits of this technology with the guidance of practitioners and policymakers at the forefront of desalination. CLE credit is available for participants.
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Toward a Sustainable 21st Century: Strategies for Promoting Sustainable Food Security for the 21st Century

November 3-5, 2015
Beckman Center for the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering

Across the domains of defining the underlying sciences, identifying existing challenges of law and governance, and focusing on imperatives for action, this two-day conference will incorporate national and international perspectives on such topics as:

  • the consequences for agricultural productivity of the impact of global warming on water availability including approaches to resilience in the face of floods and droughts;
  • the lessons from sustainable farming practices in Europe and elsewhere which can be scaled up in other parts of the world;
  • in a world where misguided government policies can be a primary cause of chronic hunger, malnutrition and starvation, the identification of effective routes to adoption of more informed food production policies;
  • incorporating “best practices” pioneered in food production and sustainable farming by national and international non-governmental initiatives;
  • critiquing national and global governmental farming policies and identifying imperatives for reform leading to more sustainable farming futures;
  • necessary directions for sustainable food production to feed the world’s growing population as it increases from over 7 billion to over 9 billion but within the frame of environmental justice and reducing the burden of toxics on farmland and on farm workers and their families.

This will be the 17th program in the Toward a Sustainable 21st Century series. The series is an initiative of a foundation of global reach and a research university to do together more than they can do separately on significant unsolved problems of global society in the areas of marine resources conservation, and threats to ecosystem and environmental health caused by toxic chemicals and the absence of effective governance structures which promote sustainability.

The Many Faces of Next Generation Redevelopment in California

Spring 2016
Co-Sponsored with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Development is booming again throughout California, and is occurring largely on redevelopment sites. Infill of the urban core, remediation and reuse of contaminated properties, and repositioning open spaces and infrastructure are examples of the land uses fueling the current development cycle. This next generation of redevelopment leverages a new set of planning tools and policies that replace extinct community redevelopment agencies. This symposium will explore mechanisms such as public-private partnerships, infrastructure financing and special use districts, evolving affordable housing policies, and land value capture regulations that are driving development and economic growth.

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