Policy Progress

Selected results. Institute established October 24, 2017.

Science advice for the White House - In 2021-2022, Patrick Gonzalez served as Assistant Director for Climate and Biodiversity of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. https://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/news-updates/2021/10/29/white-house-continues-to-grow-historic-climate-and-environment-team

Testimony to U.S. Congress on human-caused climate change in U.S. national parks - Patrick Gonzalez testified to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Natural Resources, Washington, DC, February 13, 2019. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWadH6QTWrU&t=14m10s

Executive advice on 30 x 30 biodiversity goal – Jonathan Jarvis and David Ackerly advised the California Natural Resources Agency on the goal of conserving 30% of lands and waters by 2030 and helped form the California Biodiversity Network to advance this goal. https://cabiodiversitynetwork.org

Science advice on 30 x 30 biodiversity goal – Keith Gilless and Patrick Gonzalez served on a science panel to provide a robust basis for the California plan to conserve 30% of lands and waters by 2030. https://canature.maps.arcgis.com/sharing/rest/content/items/51ed632bbd1649258b5cacd8796fdd70/data

Science advice on wildfire management policy – Scott Stephens has contributed science to national wildland fire policy on the U.S. Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/wfmmc-final-report-092023-508.pdf.

Natural resource and environmental law - Eric Biber conducts legal research on land-use regulations, housing, wildfire, and climate change https://www.law.berkeley.edu/our-faculty/faculty-profiles/eric-biber

Water law and drought – Holly Doremus conducts legal research on water rights and adaptation to drought https://www.law.berkeley.edu/our-faculty/faculty-profiles/holly-doremus