We are very pleased to announce that UCLA’s Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment has now become the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment as a result of a generous new gift from Dan and Rae Emmett and a reorganization and consolidation of UCLA Law’s environmental resources. The Emmetts today announced a $1 million operating gift as well as a $1.5 million pledge to match, dollar for dollar, any gift to the new Institute. The new gift will provide operating revenue for the Institute to be used for scholarships, fellowships and discretionary programs.
The new gift has also provided UCLA Law with an opportunity to consolidate its environmental resources — previously split between the Emmett Center and the Environmental Law Center — under the overall Institute. What had previously been the Evan Frankel Environmental Law and Policy Program — funded by a generous endowment from the Evan Frankel Foundation — will now be absorbed into the Institute. In honor of the Frankel gift and Evan Frankel, whose vision and generosity created the Evan Frankel Foundation, we have created the Evan Frankel Professor of Policy and Practice. Sean Hecht has been named the first Evan Frankel Professor. Shapiro Professor Ann Carlson and Emmett Professor Ted Parson will serve as faculty co-directors of the Emmett Institute and Sean Hecht and Cara Horowitz, who is the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Executive Director, will serve as co-executive directors of the Institute. Professors Tim Malloy, Alex Wang and Jonathan Zasloff are all affiliated faculty members of the Institute.
The Emmetts’ past generosity to UCLA School of Law, which included a $5 million matching gift, along with gifts from Tony Pritzker, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Ralph and Shirley Shapiro and several other donors, have propelled UCLA’s environmental programs into national prominence. We were recently recognized in U.S. News and World Report as one of the top ten environmental law programs in the country and were one of only two law schools included last year in the country’s 50 most influential college environmental programs.
We are extraordinarily grateful to the Emmett family and to all of our donors for their incredible support.