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Spring 2021

LAW 808F: Climate Risk Disclosures

Working with the Governor’s office of the State of California and the US Securities and Exchange Commission, this policy lab will help design climate-related disclosure and reporting processes at the state and federal level. On the state level, students will assist the recently launched California Climate-related Risk Disclosure Advisory Group. Co-chaired by Kate Gordon and Alicia Seiger, the Advisory Group is charged with developing disclosure recommendations to Governor Gavin Newsom for the state’s procurement and underwriting/loan issuance activities in collaboration with a Steering Committee of State Agencies. Working in parallel, another workstream will be to support the Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and ESG at the US SEC in determining best practices for climate-related financial disclosures at the Federal level. Students will (1) research best-in class disclosure and reporting processes, data sources and scenarios; (2) draft positioning papers on key questions; and (3) present their work to clients.

The lab seeks students from the law and business schools and graduate students with a background in climate regulatory frameworks.

Instructors: Thomas Heller and Alicia Seiger

Schedule: LAW 808F meets every Wednesday from 4:00 - 6:00 pm PST during spring quarter (Remote: Synchronous).

If you'd like more information or have questions, please email Alicia Seiger at

Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) Seminar

During the winter and spring quarters, join SFI’s monthly seminar to meet our faculty and fellows and learn more about our ongoing research projects. We’ll cover innovative policy and financial mechanisms designed to rapidly decarbonize the global economy.

Please click here to see the schedule for Spring 2021If you'd like more information or have questions, please email Katie Taflan Cerneka at

During fall quarter, students may enroll in the Sustainable Finance and Investment Seminar (CEE 157/257), led by Soh Young In, a 1-unit course which aims to equip the Stanford community with the knowledge and networks required to undertake significant future work on sustainable finance and investment. The class explores multiple disciplines of sustainable finance, featuring talks by Stanford faculty and guest speakers. The course is open to students, faculty, and staff in the Stanford community. Students may enroll for credit.

Winter 2021

  • Climate: Politics, Finance and Infrastructure (Seiger, Gordon, Law 2513). For their final project, students in Law2513 delivered a suite of compelling financial and policy interventions to achieve large-scale climate impact. Check out their great ideas by watching this video of their final presentations or by clicking here to read about them.

2019-2020 Academic Year