Projects

how should firms disclose their environmental performance?

How should firms disclose their environmental performance?

Firms have various avenues through which to disclose environmental performance information. This project examines two information disclosure strategies (public information disclosure to stakeholders and private information to legislators through lobbying), focusing on how managers choose between them, how environmental performance affects the two strategies, and how the strategies jointly affect corporate financial performance. In this...

climate lobbying

Climate Lobbying

Between 2006 and 2009, firms spent over a billion dollars lobbying on climate-related bills and issues. Such spending is largely perceived as a strategy by industry to oppose regulation. Research has barely begun to investigate how firm-level performance on salient political issues affects corporate political strategy. In this article, we address this issue in the...

community outreach

Communications

We amplify the voices of diverse environmental scientists. Our Center members engage in media communication, and in discussions of climate change and environmental issues with various sectors.

eco-labels and cleaning product attributes

Eco-labels and Cleaning Product Attributes

In this project, which was also a practicum project, we examine the preferences of consumers over different eco-label attributes for cleaning products. To accomplish this goal, we designed and implemented a survey to gather information on consumers’ perceptions and actions regarding cleaning products and the environment. We found that consumers value the effectiveness and price...

eco-labels and quality in wine

Eco-labels and Quality in Wine

Eco-labels are part of a new wave of environmental policy that emphasizes information disclosure as a tool to induce environmentally friendly behavior by both firms and consumers. Little consensus exists as to whether eco-certified products are actually better than their conventional counterparts. This study seeks to understand the link between eco-certification and product quality. We...

environmentally preferred purchasing

Environmentally Preferred Purchasing

The current UC procurement guidelines are vague with respect to sustainability, which is not conducive to sustainable purchasing. The 2016 Housing Team evaluated current procurement practices in the UCLA Housing & Hospitality Services and research sustainable office supplies that are available through the BruinBuy system. The team made recommendations to UCLA H&HS in order to...