The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law to Host Environmental Public Forum, May 7

Federal v. State: How has the Trump Administration affected California’s Environment?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Kryztofr Kaine Public Affairs Coordinator [email protected] (805) 765-9729

SANTA BARBARA & VENTURA, Calif. – On May 7, 2019, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law will host a public forum that examines the effects of Trump Administration environmental policy on the state of California.

WHAT: Federal v. State: How has the Trump Administration Affected California’s Environment?

WHEN: Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6–7:15 p.m.

WHERE: The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, Santa Barbara Campus, 20 E. Victoria Street.

WHO: Linda Krop, Chief Counsel of the Environmental Defense Center, and Aeron Arlin Genet, the Director and Air Control Officer for Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District

BACKGROUND:On June 1, 2018, President Trump announced to the world that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement (UNFCCC). Last November, Trump would become only global leader at the G20 summit to refuse to sign a communiqué confirming that climate change is irreversible and commitment to address the causes of global warming. Additionally, according to a list compiled by National Geographic, the Trump Administration has reshaped the environmental landscape by:

  • Cutting funding to the Climate Adaptation Program, an international effort to monitor and mitigation the effects of climate change;
  • Lifting restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions for coal plants;
  • Approving off-shore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic;
  • Allowing oil and gas companies to use seismic air gun blasts to search for oil deposits on the ocean floor;
  • Repealing rules requiring oil and gas companies to monitor methane gas releases;
  • Nullifying rules restricting coal power plants;
  • Revoking water rules accounting for sea level rise;
  • Reducing the number of waterways protected by the Clean Water Act; and
  • Changing the US approach to the Endangered Species Act.

Krop and Genet will explore current administration environmental policy with an eye to its impact on California’s climate change agenda.

COST: The forum is free and open to the public. Participants are advised to arrive before the 6p start as seating is available first-come-first-serve. MCLE credits are available. About The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law:

Established in 1969, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law (COL) was founded to expand opportunities and broaden access to legal education. COL is dedicated to a student-centered approach that affords students of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to pursue careers in law or legal-related fields. The Colleges’ faculty advances a real-world perspective and practicality on the application of law and includes practicing attorneys, judges, public servants, and leaders in business and non-profit organizations. An accredited nonprofit institution, COL offers a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and a Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) program. Starting in Fall 2018, COL became the first accredited law school in California to offer a hybrid J.D. degree. COL is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and the Juris Doctor program is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) of the State Bar of California. For more information, visit The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law is an affiliate of TCS Education System, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact.

For more information, contact the COL Public Affairs Coordinator Kryztofr Kaine at (805) 765-9729; [email protected]

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