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PCL Annual Symposium

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).

2016 Symposium Proceedings

PCL's Annual UC Davis Environmental Symposium brought together many local and state leaders to address what local actions can do to reach our state and global goals. PCL gives special thanks to the Sponsors, Speakers and Attendees who supported the Symposium which focused on PCL's efforts in land use, water and CEQA and how they can help with the overall climate change goals.

2015 Symposium Proccedings

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.

2014 Symposium Proceedings

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.

2013 pcl symposium2013 Symposium Proceedings

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.

2012 PCL Symposium2012 Symposium Proceedings

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.

2011 Symposium Proceedings

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.

2010 Symposium Proceedings

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 review.

2009 Symposium Proceedings

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.

2008 Symposium Proceedings

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.



2007 Symposium Proceedings

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.


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