Panel to Discuss Californians’ Views of Climate Change

Randall Lewis Seminar Series continues Oct. 29 with review of statewide survey about residents’ positions on the environment

five headshots of speakersRIVERSIDE, Calif. – Researchers and a community activist will discuss recent survey findings about how Californians view the environment in a panel discussion on Thursday, Oct. 29, at the University of California, Riverside.

The discussion, “Californians and Climate Change: Latest Findings,” is part of the Randall Lewis Seminar Series and will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the UC Riverside Extension Center, 1200 University Ave., Room E. It is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested as seating is limited and may be made online or by calling (951) 827-7830. The Randall Lewis Seminar Series is presented by the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, a research center of the UCR School of Public Policy.

Five panelists will review the most recent results of “Californians and the Environment,” a Public Policy Institute of California Statewide Survey on how Californians view the environment. The survey, completed in July, found that Californians see global warming as a serious threat, support greenhouse gas emission reduction requirements, favor state support for solar power and electric vehicles, and say water is the state’s top environmental issue, but generally do not know their local water districts’ reduction targets.

Responding to the report and its implications for social and environmental justice in Southern California will be:

  • Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of political science and public policy, associate dean of the UCR School of Public Policy and director of the National Asian American Survey
  • Dean Bonner, associate survey director, Public Policy Institute of California
  • Penny Newman, executive director of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice
  • Brinda Surathy, associate professor of environmental analysis at Pitzer College and director of the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability
  • Juliann Emmons Allison, associate professor of gender and sexuality studies and public policy, and associate director of UCR’s Center for Sustainable Suburban Development


Established in 2003, the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD) explores the social, economic, political and environmental impacts that population growth and movement has on cities and local communities. Housed in the School of Public Policy, the center facilitates interdisciplinary collaborations in the community through its staff and affiliated faculty via research, joint conferences, workshops and public forums held at UCR and in the community.

The Randall Lewis Seminar Series is an ongoing program of the CSSD generously funded by Randall Lewis, executive vice president of Upland-based Lewis Operating Cos. The seminars focus on a wide range of regional sustainability topics such as air and water resources, infrastructure and transportation planning, affordable housing and the fiscal health of cities.

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