UC Davis Global Climate Action Summit
Collage of San Francisco Landmarks

September 11-12, 2018  •  555 Market Street  •  San Francisco, CA

UC Davis at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS)

UC Davis was selected as an official affiliate event host for the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), which took place from September 12–14 in San Francisco, CA.

One of the world’s highest-ranked universities for sustainability programs and innovation, UC Davis is home to two renowned centers for applied transportation and energy research and multidisciplinary graduate education: the Institute of Transportation Studies and the Energy and Efficiency Institute. UC Davis also houses the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy, which engages lawmakers and stakeholders in policy formulation.

UC Davis hosted four official affiliate sessions on Tuesday, September 11 and Wednesday, September 12 to bring together GCAS attendees around key topics related to climate, energy, transportation, and public policy: topics that would benefit from increased collaboration and in which UC Davis has demonstrated leadership and expertise. UC Davis also hosted an evening reception on Tuesday, September 11 open to all session attendees. All events were located in downtown San Francisco near the primary GCAS venues.


September 11
8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Climate-Resilient Communities

How can communities develop and implement strategies to be resilient to climate threats?

September 12
8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Regional Transportation Policy Collaboration

How can regional stakeholders best work together to reduce transportation emissions?

September 12
2–5:30 p.m.
From Ambition to Action in Transportation

How can California and Germany deliver on their climate-action targets?

Organizing Partner

About the Global Climate Action Summit

GCAS brings international delegations and other leaders and experts together from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level” on tackling global climate change. GCAS showcases the actions that states and regions, cities, companies, investors and civil society have taken already to reduce their emissions, as well as secures bold commitments to do even more.

GCAS is intended to motivate action on all levels. Scheduled for midway between the 2015 and 2020 UN Climate Change Conferences, GCAS is timed to provide confidence to governments to ratchet up the ambition of national climate action plans (known as Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs) outlined in the historic 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. GCAS will also demonstrate that decarbonization, job generation, and resilient economic growth go hand-in-hand and galvanize a global movement for climate action that leaves no one behind.

It will be a moment to celebrate and build on the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action.

Frequently Asked Questions

Affiliate events such as the four sessions being hosted by UC Davis serve as additional arenas for exploring climate challenges and solutions that complement GCAS activities. Affiliate events range from panel discussions and workshops to exhibits and installations. The majority of GCAS attendees will participate through affiliate events.

For more information on affiliate events and to see the full affiliate event calendar, click here.

No, our sessions are open to all.

No, participation in the GCAS plenary and other high-level sessions is open only to global leaders invited by GCAS organizers and requires accreditation.

For more information about GCAS participation, click here.

We expect a mix of stakeholders from California and from delegations attending the Global Climate Action Summit. Anyone interested in the intersection of policy, research, and fighting climate change is welcome.

Yes, you are welcome to register for any combination of the four "UC Davis at GCAS" sessions. On the Eventbrite registration page, simply click "Select A Date" at the top-right corner and choose either date from the drop-down menu that appears (i.e., it will still work for you to choose "Tuesday" even if you want to attend a session on Wednesday). You will be directed to a page containing a "Tickets" button in the top right-hand corner. Clicking this button will allow you to select the specific sessions that you wish to attend.

Yes, each session includes a nominal registration fee. If cost is a barrier, please contact Natalie Ruiz (natruiz@ucdavis.edu) regarding the possibility of a fee waiver.

Yes, coffee and food will be provided during and around each session. The "Harnessing the 3 Revolutions for Climate Goals" session includes a catered reception.


General inquiries
Austin Brown

Taylor Shinnick

Steve Kulieke

Natalie Ruiz


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