The Economic Impact of Climate and Energy Policy on Public and Private Sectors

October 3 - October 5, 2014

University of California, Berkeley

From the United Nations to local municipal governments, efforts to establish climate and energy policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and set efficiency and pollution standards are growing rapidly. The United States offers diverse examples, ranging from city- and state-level regulations to the national Climate Action Plan. What are the economic implications of such policies for governments and industry? How can they be leveraged to build more sustainable economies?

Join UC Berkeley’s three-day intensive program, “The Economic Impact of Climate and Energy Policy on Public and Private Sectors,” to get critical answers. Drawing on California's Renewable Portfolio Standard, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Energy Efficiency Standards and the landmark Assembly Bill 32 (AB32), also known as the California Global Warming Solutions Act, as well as similar federal policies like President Obama’s Climate Change Plan, the program will analyze the impact of regulations on government and industry, evaluate case studies of best practices in policy design and compliance, and provide the tools that governments and businesses need to build sustainable and climate-resilient economies.

Take home the valuable lessons that California policymakers and entrepreneurs learned as they navigated the complex landscape of these policies. Get to the heart of what matters—for you, your organization, your industry and your constituents.

Why UC Berkeley?

For this intensive professional program, the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley brings together a singular lineup of economists, climate and social scientists and policy and business experts. With decades of leading-edge engagement in climate research and policy design, including members of the Nobel Prize–winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, our world-renowned faculty will present their expertise on climate change and insights into its socio-economic impacts.

Our faculty, whose research has been actively informing California policy, will leverage the state’s unique position as a leader in climate-forward policies using in-depth explorations of legislation (such as AB2021, which requires public- and investor-owned utilities to increase energy efficiency annually) and California-based case studies that span food processors to energy producers to solid waste management programs. Through this expansive and cross-sectoral perspective, the curriculum evaluates the legal, financial, trade and political ramifications of climate change regulation.

Your Takeaways

Climate and energy policies continue to proliferate. This course can help you:

  • Translate the complex landscape of policy into hands-on strategic and tactical tools.
  • Apply real-world case studies to your own agency or business.
  • Build a network of public- and private-sector professionals who share similar challenges.
  • Add UC Berkeley to your resumé.

Meet experts helping to shape policy worldwide, and build your climate-change response tool-kit. Engage with a rich cross-section of business and government leaders. Boost your network and your career with a certificate of completion from UC Berkeley.


During the three-day program, participants will be involved in lectures and panel discussions combined with cases, simulations and breakout groups.