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The Environmental Law Section, co-sponsored with the Business Law Section, Marin County Bar Association and Alameda County Bar Association present
Evaluating GHG Impacts Under CEQA

September 14, 2018: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
MCLE Credits - 1 H, Lunch will be provided.
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This program has been rescheduled from 6/7 to 9/14/18.

Alexander G. Crockett
Assistant Counsel, BAAQMD

Linda C. Klein
Associate, Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

Ellison Folk
Partner - Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP

Aruna Prabhala
Urban Wildlands Director -Center for Biological Diversity

A Roundtable Discussion
Evaluating greenhouse gas and climate impacts under CEQA is an issue that continues to evolve at a rapid pace. The California Supreme Court has issued two recent decisions on the issue, 2015's Center for Biological Diversity v. Cal. Dep't of Fish & Wildlife (Newhall Ranch) and 2017's Cleveland Nat'l Forest Found. v. SANDAG. ARB has updated its Scoping Plan to lay out a path towards achieving the state's 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets. The OPR is about to finalize its revisions to the State CEQA Guidelines. And the BAAQMD is in the process of updating its GHG Thresholds of Significance for lead agencies to use in evaluating climate impacts. Yet, there is still a huge amount of uncertainty on how best to address this issue from a legal and practical standpoint. This practitioner-focused roundtable discussion will explore various approaches for evaluating greenhouse gas emissions and climate change impacts in this rapidly evolving area of the law.

• Alternatives for evaluating climate impacts under the Supreme Court's Newhall Ranch decision
• Evaluating a project's consistency with ARB's recent 2030 Scoping Plan
• What to do about the 2050 GHG reduction target in light of the Supreme Court's SANDAG decision
• How the BAAQMD is proposing to address these issues in its Thresholds of Significance

Co-sponsored with the Marin Bar County Association and the Alameda County Bar Association, to receive your discount please email

BASF Executive Committee Organizers: Arielle O. Harris, Downey Brand LLP and Jodi Smith, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP
Section Chair: Dave Metres, Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp

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BASF Conference Center
301 Battery Street
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111


MCLE Registration: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch/Program: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Event Code: G182907

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