Benjamin Leffel

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Expertise: Sustainability, Climate change, Corporations, Cities, Global governance, Diplomacy


Ben Leffel, an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Leadership, is an expert sustainability governance by cities, states and corporations globally.

Prior to joining UNLV, Leffel served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and a lecturer at the University of California, Merced. His published work focuses on world cities fighting climate change, including the role of private climate consulting and city membership in transnational environmental networks, global urban pollution abatement, and climate finance allocation to local governments.

Leffel has published op-eds in the Harvard Business Review, The Hill and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and has served as a climate action advisor to the City of Irvine, California. 


  • Ph.D., UC Irvine

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Underground Infrastructure
Elon Musk's Boring Company incurred fines exceeding $112,000 due to safety breaches flagged by the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration during the construction of the Vegas Loop underground tunnel last year, Indianapolis’ WRTV reported.
K.T.N.V. T.V. ABC 13
Southwest Gas says natural gas bills will drop in the coming months, but several customers tell Channel 13, after months of massive rate hikes, they're not convinced.
K.T.N.V. T.V. ABC 13
Elon Musk's Boring Company has been fined more than $112,000 for safety violations by the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration at the Vegas Loop underground tunnel last summer.
Las Vegas Review Journal
More than 70 percent of Nevadans consider water supply and lowering river levels a serious issue, but only a little more than half believe climate change is, a Colorado College poll released Wednesday shows.

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The Las Vegas strip as seen on Super Bowl weekend (Josh Hawkins/UNLV).
Campus News | March 1, 2024

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