Policy

Garcetti & Schwarzenegger Reframe the Climate Conversation

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At a recent talk hosted by the Creative Artist Agency Foundation, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger charted a path forward for climate action at the subnational level of government.

World Trade Leaders Opine On Uncertain Future of Trade At VX2017

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Vilma Martinez

How will business activities, especially in the clean tech and innovation sector, be affected by federal policies? At VX2017, VerdeXchange and the World Trade Center-Los Angeles convened political leaders to discuss the importance of trade and investment to the region and the United States in general.

City Of LA Overhauls Waste-Hauling Franchise Operations

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Heather Repenning

In December, the Los Angeles City Council passed the Zero Waste LA program, a new public-private waste hauling franchise partnership designed to address the 3 million tons of waste. In advance of VerdeXchange 2017's discussion on the future of the waste sector, Vice President of the Board of Public Works Heather Repenning joined VX News.

CARB’s Nichols on California’s Cap-and-Trade Program & Historic VW Settlement

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Mary Nichols

The California Air Resources Board’s most recent quarterly cap-and-trade auction was the first to result in only a fraction of available permits sold. Detractors used the weak auction results to highlight the program’s uncertain future, whereas advocates touted the state’s success in cutting carbon emissions quicker than expected. To CARB Chair Mary Nichols, who has overseen the leadership of the program since its inception, the auction showed that industries were keeping a lid on carbon emissions rather than buying permits to emit more. Nichols speaks to ongoing efforts to extend California’s carbon cap-and-trade system, and to expand the model to other states. Nichols also addresses the historic enforcement action and settlement with Volkswagen, which CARB led on negotiating.

Recycling Cap-and-Trade Revenues in Ontario: Experts Weigh In

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Chris Ragan, EcoFiscal Commissioner Chair

Ontario finalized its cap-and-trade program in June, and will conduct the first auction in July. As a member of the Western Climate Initiative, the province has also signaled its intent to link its system to similar ones operating in Quebec and California. The Climate Change Mitigation and Low-Carbon Economy Act mandates that revenues from Ontario’s auctions go into the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account to fund a number of diverse programs aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But experts disagree on how the province can best recycle the cap-and-trade revenue. Before the program was finalized, the Canada EcoFiscal Commission hosted a roundtable of advocates from around the country representing priorities from social inequality to business development. VX News presents an excerpt of the debate with remarks by Chris Ragan, chair of the Canada EcoFiscal Commission; Rick Smith, executive director of the Broadbent Institute; Vicky Sharpe, senior fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development; Mike Moffat, chief economist at the Moet Center; and Mark Cameron, executive director of Canadians for Clean Prosperity.