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Join us on December 14th at 10 am for a conversation with Mark Abramowitz for our next Clean Air Conversation.

Abramowitz vs. EPA: The Fight for Clean Air!

Join us as we learn about a true David and Goliath story: Abramowitz Vs. EPA. Mark Abramowitz joins CCA to discuss the historic lawsuit, its impact on air quality in California and what it was like to go against the EPA in the fight for clean, breathable air in California.

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Please see recordings of previous webinars below.

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Past Events

AUgust 30, 2023

Greenwashing and its Dirty Consequences with Greenberg Glusker

(Coming SOon)


April 7, 2023:

Innovations in Busing with Foothill Transit




In this lively conversation with Foothill Transit, we dive into the technological innovations in busing. We will hear from some of the leaders at Foothill Transit who was among the first transit agencies to commit to converting their bus fleet to 100% zero-emission busses and among the first to put them in service.

As California seeks to create a zero-emission public-transit system, their real-world learning experience is invaluable. We invite community leaders, policy-makers, transit professionals and members of the general public to join us for this important conversation.


April 21, 2022:

Three Revolutions Update: What path are we on?


In the groundbreaking book “Three Revolutions” author and California Air Resource Board member Dan Sperling spelled out three potential scenarios for automation in the transportation space. The dream scenario could bring huge public and private benefits, including more transportation choices, greater affordability and accessibility, and healthier, more livable cities, along with reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The nightmare scenario could bring more urban sprawl, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and unhealthy cities and individuals.

On April 21st we dove into which pathway we are on. If we are on the wrong path, what do we need to do to move in the right direction. If we are on the right path, how do we ensure we stay the course. Panelists included Professor Dan Sperling, Founding Director, Institute of Transportation Studies and Distinguished Professor of Transportation Engineering and Environmental Policy, UC Davis, and board member, CARB, Dr. Joseph K. Lyou, President and CEO, Coalition for Clean Air, Prashanthi Raman, Vice President of Government Affairs, Cruise.


February 8, 2022:

The Role of Alternative Fuels in California’s Transportation Future


California has been a leader in deploying cleaner alternatives to the fuels we use every day in our vehicles. Renewable natural gas, hydrogen, renewable diesel and even sustainable aviation fuel all play roles in lowering our carbon footprint and reducing local air pollution. But questions remain. How can we best utilize alternative fuels to address the continuing crises of climate change and air pollution? What are the environmental and economic challenges facing each fuel? From an operator perspective, what makes the most practical sense? Do certain applications have more advantages than others?

On February 8th we dove into these questions and more with the experts who are making low-carbon fuels a reality. Panelists included Professor Jack Brouwer , Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC Irvine, Tim Olson, California Energy Commission, Nate Taylor, Southern California Gas Company and Bruce MacRae, UPS.



December 16, 2021:Vapor Intrusion and Air Quality


California has a challenge. With competing demands for housing and institutional uses, we need to build where we can — and that often includes building on contaminated property. One danger of building on contaminated land is “vapor intrusion” – the migration of vapor-forming chemicals from polluted soil and groundwater into our buildings. If not done right, hazardous chemicals like trichloroethylene, benzene, and naphthalene can “intrude” on indoor air quality.

But there are those who are doing it right. For this Clean Air Conversation, we learned from the experts in this emerging field and heard about the laws, regulations, technological solutions and factors that keep vapor intrusion at bay.

Our panelists included: Sherry Jackman, Attorney at Greenberg Glusker; Rafat Abbasi, Senior Engineer at Cal-EPA; and Brian Bencz, Vice President Land Operations at Lennar in a session moderated by Elie Haddad, Principal Consultant at Haley & Aldrich.



December 6, 2021:Greening the Supply Chain – Ventura County


The online shopping boom has brought new attention to air quality impacts of the supply chain, but concerns about emissions from goods movement are longstanding. It’s also an issue of environmental racism: shipping corridors tend to cut through low-income communities of color, and their health suffers as a result. Earlier this year we learned from the companies working toward cleaner air at the San Pedro Bay Ports. On December 6, 2021 we turned our attention to Ventura County to learn how port operators, agricultural companies and others are leading the charge for a more sustainable future.

Panelists included Dr. Laki Tisopoulos, Executive Officer at Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, Giles Pettifor, Environmental Manager for the Port of Hueneme and Andrew Prior, Senior Manager – Safety, Quality, & Sustainability at Wallenius Wilhelmsen.

November 29th, 2021: Water, Air QUality & Climate Nexus


A blue intro slide reading Water, Air Quality and Climate Change Nexus

Join us for a superstar panel of policymakers as we dive into the connection between water, air quality, and climate. Moderating our panel will be Felicia Marcus, whose decades of experience on the State Water Resources Quality Control Board (and former CCA Board Members) make her the perfect person to lead the discussion. We’re proud to have her joined by former State Senator Fran Pavley, new MWD General Manager and CEO Adel Hagekhalil and Malinda Stalvey, who will dive into the specifics of the climate and water nexus through an MWD lens.

July 26, 2021: Ensuring That all Californians have Access to Clean Transportation


As California works to electrify passenger cars, how do we ensure all Californians have access to clean transportation? While zero-emission cars reduce the long-term cost of ownership, sticker shock discourages low-income consumers from ditching polluting, gasoline-powered vehicles. California’s mobility equity program, such as the Clean Cars 4 All program, are important tools in addressing this challenge.

For this webinar we were in conversation with Emilia Reyes, CEO of the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission and Gregory Pierce and Rachel Connolly, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation. [program starts at 4:02]

April 16, 2021: Carbon Emissions & the Building Trade


Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. Preventing it is going to take a holistic approach that looks at more than tailpipe emissions. The very materials we use and the way we build may be just the difference we need to create a true end to end carbon free cycle.

This conversation is essential viewing for anyone developing policies to tackle carbon emissions. Panelists were Stacy Smedley from Skanska and Ben Stapleton from USGBC Los Angeles, with Bryn Lindblad from Climate Resolve moderating the conversation.

March 18, 2021: Greening the Supply Chain


The online shopping boom has brought new attention to air quality impacts of the supply chain, but concerns about emissions from goods movement are longstanding. It’s also an issue of environmental racism: shipping corridors and tend to cut through low-income communities of color, and their health suffers as a result.

On March 18, 2020, CCA held a conversation with Alex Milley, Assistant Vice President – Health, Safety, Security, Environment at Trapac; and Tony Williamson, Director of Compliance & Sustainability at TTSI.

January 14, 2021: Alternatives to Diesel Generators


The many diesel generators that were bought in response to this year’s devastating wild fires present a whole new air quality problem of their own. The question is what is the best path forward. We’ll take a deep dive into microgrids, battery storage, fuel cells and more.

On January 14, 2020, CCA held a conversation with Jamie Tuckey of MCE Energy, Brady Van Engelen of Bloom Energy, and Bernadette Del Chiaro of the California Solar & Storage Association, moderated by Debra Kahn of Politico.