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San Francisco

Housing as a Climate Lever, with Scott Wiener

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California’s attempt to increase housing and reduce carbon pollution is upsetting the power balance between local and state officials. With new laws empowering Sacramento to require more home construction, cities and counties are scrambling to decide what to build where. It’s getting messy and fraying friendships and alliances. 

Would you agree to increased housing density in your neighborhood? How about in the next neighborhood over? Infill development that increases urban density tends to decrease reliance on cars and cut carbon footprints. At the same time, multi-story apartments in urban cores usually cost more per square foot to build than one or two-story houses where land is cheaper. So how do we balance environmental concerns with “neighborhood preservation”? How do racial exclusion and displacement play into the situation? 

Join Climate One Host Greg Dalton in conversation with California State Senator Scott Wiener, followed by a panel discussion with Ben Bartlett, attorney and Berkeley vice mayor, and Jennifer Hernandez, partner at Holland & Knight, as we unpack the connections between housing, climate and justice.


This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. Please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

Safety Protocols for in-person attendance:

  • We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
  • We strongly recommend vaccination for guests, staff, and volunteers.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged while indoors (if you do not have one and would like one, inquire at our front desk for a complimentary mask).
  • We reserve the right to require different rules for specific events as necessary.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.

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All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Mon, Feb 6 / 6:00 pm PST

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Scott Wiener

California State Senator (D-District 11)

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Ben Bartlett

Attorney; Berkeley Vice Mayor

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Jennifer Hernandez

Partner, Holland & Knight

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Greg Dalton

Founder and Host, Climate One


5:30 p.m. doors open & check-in
6–7:20 p.m. program
7:20–8:30 reception
(all times PST)


$10 members
$20 nonmembers
Free for members
$5 nonmembers