Policy & Popcorn: “Supporting California in Achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2045”

About the Session
California is a global leader on policies to reduce the emissions causing climate change. But transportation has proven a particularly challenging sector to decarbonize. The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) recently released a draft scope of work for a major transportation study that will help steer the state towards its goal of carbon neutrality by 2045. Authorized by AB 74—the Budget Act of 2019—the study will be led by the University of California Institute of Transportation Studies (UC ITS), with branches at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, and UCLA. The UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy will contribute policy expertise to complement the research.

This session will be an opportunity for members of the UC Davis community to learn more about the study and to provide input on the priorities and workplan. Active discussion and participation will be encouraged.


About the Speakers

  • Austin Brown is Executive Director of the UC Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy. In this role, Austin builds strong connections between the research and policy communities at the local, state, and national levels with a focus on clean energy and sustainable transportation. Prior to joining UC Davis in June 2017, he spent nine years in Washington, DC, working for the Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and as Assistant Director for Clean Energy and Transportation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Obama Administration. He holds a B.S. from Harvey Mudd College and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
  • Julie Henderson was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in November 2017 to serve as Deputy Secretary for Health and Public Policy at the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA). She served previously as a Senior Advisor to Governor Brown on education, health and human services, pension and corrections policy matters. She also served in the California Department of Justice as a Special Assistant Attorney General to Attorney General Brown. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at the University of California, Office of the President, where she helped advance UC-wide relationship- and support-building efforts, including support for advancing the UC System’s effort to achieve carbon neutrality. Julie graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in government and received her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.
  • Lauren Sanchez was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in October 2019 to serve as Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy and Intergovernmental Relations at CalEPA. Prior to her appointment, she served for two years at the California Air Resources Board as International Policy Director. She previously worked at the U.S. Department of State, where she served as a climate negotiator on the Paris Agreement negotiating team under former President Barack Obama. In her earlier positions, she was an advisor for the United Nations, a research project leader at Yale University and a Moran Fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Lauren received her master’s degree from Yale University and bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College. She is a Fulbright Scholar.