The LABC Institute is a forward-thinking research and education organization dedicated to strengthening the sustainable economy of California, particularly the Southern California region. Founded in 2010, the LABC Institute provides a bridge between the business, government, environmental, labor and nonprofit communities of Southern California to develop policies and programs that promote investment, jobs and business development. We are the research and education arm of the Los Angeles Business Council, one of the most respected business advocacy organizations in Southern California. Founded in 1936, the LABC is known as an innovator and catalyst for policy development on a wide range of issues, including education, housing, green building, energy efficiency, transportation and solar development.
A Coordinated Approach
The LABC Institute collaborates with diverse community stakeholders and world class institutions – USC, UCLA, CalTech and others – to conduct research leading to policies and programs that help build healthy communities. Our research focuses on environmental and sustainability best practices that also promote investment and economic development in Southern California.
The LABC Institute also employs coordinated communications strategies—including engagement with the media and digital platforms—in order to educate constituents about our research and priorities.
The results of our research influence a broad range of leaders – including governmental officials, business executives, journalists and directors of community-based organizations – who engage with our work in informal settings and at Institute-sponsored summits, conferences and forums that help shape the public policy agenda. Read more about LABC Institute events here.
Achieving Measureable Results
The LABC Institute’s ground-breaking research on new energy policies has earned national recognition. Our innovative work on rooftop solar energy options led directly to the implementation of the CLEAN LA Solar Program, adopted in the spring of 2012 by the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. This program is the largest of its kind to be adopted by a major city. Besides generating clean energy, the CLEAN LA Solar Program will spur new investment and create significant numbers of high-quality jobs in Los Angeles.
Looking to the future, the Institute plans to conduct research that weaves together three complementary policy areas: sustainable development, energy efficiency and clean-tech business development.
The LABC Institute works with national experts and scholars, many based in Southern California, who contribute significantly to our research efforts. These partners include many of the region’s leading research institutions, including the University of Southern California; University of California, Los Angeles; Loyola Marymount University; and the California Institute of Technology. Subject area expertise is provided by government leaders at such agencies as the Departments of Energy and Housing and Urban Development, as well as key committee members in Congress and the California legislature. We have worked with and relied on third party validation of our research by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Our ongoing educational partners include the California Governor’s Office, the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, the California Air Resources Board, and the California Public Utilities Commission.
For nearly every policy area, the LABC Institute, working with the Los Angeles Business Council, forms a coalition of business, academic, environmental, labor, social justice and nonprofit stakeholders to help raise visibility for the research and drive recommended policies forward.
The LABC Institute depends on the generosity of our supporters, which include a range of institutions, foundations and individuals, including the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the 11th Hour Project, Bank of America, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and the Gilbert Foundation.
The LABC Institute is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, and is strictly nonpartisan.