Frequently Asked Questions

What is the LABC Institute?

The LABC Institute is a forward-thinking research and education organization dedicated to strengthening the sustainable economy of California, particularly the Southern California region. We collaborate with diverse community stakeholders and world-class institutions to conduct research leading to policies and programs that help build healthy communities. 

How is the LABC Institute related to the LABC?

The LABC Institute is the research and education arm of the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), 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 housing, solar development, transportation, and many other issues.

What areas does the LABC Institute focus on?

Our research focuses on environmental and sustainability best practices that also promote investment and economic development in Southern California. 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. We are also building on the strong research and advocacy work of the LABC in the areas of housing and transportation.

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.

Read more about our research priorities.

Who does the LABC Institute partner with?

The LABC Institute works with national experts and scholars, many based in Southern California, who contribute significantly to our efforts. They include the University of Southern California, UCLA and CalTech, among other institutions and governmental agencies on the local and national levels. 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.

Who funds the LABC Institute?

The LABC Institute depends on the generosity of 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.

See our full list of funders.

What is the LABC Institute's Indirect Costs Policy pertaining to contractors?

LABC Institute will not permit indirect or overhead costs that exceed 10 percent of the total of requested personnel and operating costs.

How do I learn more about the LABC Institute?

To learn more, please call (310) 226-7460 or email info@labcinstitute.orgOur mailing address is available here.