Confronting the climate challenge at scale is not just about technology and economics. We also need politically viable policy solutions for our climate and energy problems. At The 2035 Initiative, we develop policy roadmaps informed by political research to help stabilize climate change by 2035.


Launched in 2022, The 2035 Initiative is a collaboration between world-leading environmental policy and politics research labs at UC Santa Barbara. We leverage these academic and policy experts to help California, the United States, and the planet confront the climate crisis before it’s too late. 


UCSB has the biggest and strongest cluster of political scientists studying climate change of any academic institution globally, coupled with a deep bench of leading scholars on everything from accelerating renewable energy deployment to cleaning up heavy industry. The 2035 Initiative draws these research and policy teams together to create actionable policy roadmaps to slash climate pollution by 2035 and drive us towards a just, inclusive, and thriving decarbonized future. 


The 2035 Initiative is a project of the UCSB Division of Social Sciences and affiliated with the UCSB Institute for Energy Efficiency.