The PCL Symposium draws several hundred of the state's leading environmental advocates, policymakers, elected officials, attorneys, consultants, public agencies, businesses, and community leaders. Together we will address a broad range of environmental issues and plan strategies for shaping future environmental laws in California. This daylong conference provides participants with an excellent opportunity to network. For attorneys, there are several sessions that qualify for continuing education (MCLE and AICP CM).
With general agreement on the statewide challenge of too much unsustainable sprawl across California, participants worked together to create solutions. What follows is a basket filled with ideas for further discussion. The Symposium Proceedings have been posted for download and review.
Against the backdrop of the Governor’s drought declaration, the 2014 PCL Symposium, entitled Water for Life, brought together over 200 thinkers, doers, and decision-makers to discuss collaborative solutions to the current water crisis, and ways to move California towards a more equitable and sustainable water future. Attendees had the opportunity to hear about the prospects of a 2014 water bond from Senator Lois Wolk and Assembly Member Anthony Rendon, and had a chance to explore a range of perspectives on restoration of the Bay-Delta. The breakout sessions took an action-oriented approach towards coastal protection, the human right to water, water pricing, stormwater, and much more. The 2014 Symposium was one of our most successful ever, thanks to our sponsors, top-flight presenters, amazing volunteers, and engaged attendees. The Symposium Proceedings have been posted for download and review.
For nearly 50 years, the Planning and Conservation League (PCL) along with its
sister organization, the PCL Foundation, have been at the forefront of crafting
some of California's most important environmental protections. As a result of PCL's
work, California has been a leader in passing cutting edge environmental laws
and policies from the California Environmental Quality Act to the California Coastal
Act, and we have helped provide hundreds of millions of dollars for environmental
stewardship through bond initiatives we have championed. Our goal is simple:
improve the environment and quality of life for all Californians.
At the 2012 Symposium, the new One Vision, One Voice campaign was unveiled. This is the League's effort to craft a clear and compelling 'greenprint' for California's energy, water, food, land use, and transportation future; and to then use this vision to mobilize broad based support through rebuilding our League, broadening coalitions, mobilizing communities, and even through the creation of a PCL/F Alumni Club to harness the power of our nearly 50 years of advocacy. State Controller John Chiang was superb in his analysis of how Californians must shift their value to a blended value of environmental and economic progress. Experts from a variety of fields interacted with over 200 participants about how local solutions will protect our environment, strengthen our communities and rebuild our economies. The Symposium Proceedings have been posted for download and review.
The event brought together some of the brightest minds working on some of California's toughest environmental challenges. Secretary Laird's morning keynote address was standing room only and drew our attention to the plight of the state budget and how we can all rally together to be most effective in 2011. Our afternoon keynote, San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and he spoke about San Francisco's bid for the America's Cup (an international sailing race) and the City's commitment to comply with environmental laws. Leading experts engaged and informed over 270 participants, which included business leaders, activists, and students, about the status of and solutions for problems related to our most important environmental concerns. The Symposium Proceedings have been posted for you to download and review.
With a solutions-oriented conference, presenters informed and engaged 314
participants from all over the state. Students and business leaders alike
gained important knowledge about innovative concepts currently being used to
solve environmental issues. A diverse array of topics and solutions were
showcased, and will be the springboard for conservation activities this
year! The Symposium Proceedings have been posted for you to download and
Even with a struggling economy and frozen state grants program, the event
brought together over 315 activists, policy and decision-makers, attorneys,
land use planners and environmental non-profits and community groups. Great
discussions, important workshops and new partnerships were forged in 2009
and will help us reach a sustainable California. The Symposium Proceedings
have been posted for you to download and review.
With a sold out event and almost 330 participants and speakers at the 2008 Symposium, it was one our best events ever! Our thoughtful and inspiring keynotes came from Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, Attorney General Jerry Brown, PCL's own Gary Patton, Goef Syphers of Codding Enterprises and Senator Darrell Steinberg. The Symposium Proceedings have been posted for you to download and review.
With nearly 230 participants and speakers at the 2007 Symposium, this event was a great success! We had speeches from Congressman Jerry McNerney, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Senator Barbara Boxer to name a few! The Symposium Proceedings have been posted for you to download and review.