California’s Subnational Climate Action: A multi-sector approach to achieving carbon neutrality

This event will explore California’s interagency-based regulatory framework to plan and execute climate action, the diverse funding sources it has tapped, and the example the state has set for both local and international partners. It will examine both the advantages and disadvantages of the state’s multi-agency, multi-sector, and multi-mandate approach, and how lessons learned in California can inform similar efforts underway elsewhere in the U.S. and the rest of the world. In addition, it will highlight the opportunities multi-state collaborations, like the U.S. Climate Alliance, present.


  • Louise Bedsworth, Executive Director, Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment and Senior Advisor to the California-China Climate Institute, UC Berkeley
  • Siva Gunda, Vice Chair and Commissioner, California Energy Commission
  • Darwin Moosavi, Deputy Secretary for Environmental Policy & Housing Coordination, California State Transportation Agency
  • Michelle Buffington, Vehicle Program Specialist, California Air Resources Board
  • Casey Katims, Executive Director, U.S. Climate Alliance
  • Cliff Rechtschaffen, Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission
Organized by California-China Climate Institute