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Each year, PCL addresses top environmental policy issues that face California. In addition to our panels on water, energy, climate change, transportation, housing, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), this year, we are adding new workshops on environmental advocacy and environmental writing/photography. These workshops will help teach important skills to anyone interested in entering the environmental activism world.

PCL will continue our Emerging Leaders Panel as a way to bring young advocates into the environmental policy conversation and provide those without a voice with a place to discuss their perspective on a more sustainable future and the work we can do to get there. Registration for Assembly scholarships will be open in the Fall.

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Join the Planning and Conservation League on at the McGeorge School of Law for the annual California Environmental Assembly.

What: Planning and Conservation League’s 2020 California Environmental Assembly

When: January 25th, 2020

Where: McGeorge School of Law

Who: Leading local and state elected officials, agency representatives, nonprofit and community leaders, attorneys, planners, and business representatives

Key Speakers

TBD

2020 Assembly Schedule

2020 Assembly Program

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2020 CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL ASSEMBLY
Our Climate Crisis: Beyond Seawalls and Electric Vehicles

McGeorge School of Law
January 25th, 2020


8:00 AM
REGISTRATION OPENS & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:00 AM

WELCOME – Main Lecture Hall

OPENING PLENARY SESSION (Main Hall)
Description here.

Keynote Speaker


10:00 AM
NETWORKING BREAK

10:15 AM
MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Reaction to Governor Newsom's Water Resilience Portfolio

By the end of 2019 Governor Newsom will issue his vision for California's water future. Hear reaction to the Governor's Portfolio from agricultural, urban, enviro and environmental justice representatives.

Moderator - Jonas Minton,Senior Water Policy Advisor, Planning and Conservation League

Panelists
Marguerite Patil, Special Assistant to the General Manager, Contra Costa Water District
Alex Biering, Government Affairs and Communications Manager, Friant Water Authority
Eric Wesselman, Executive Director, Friends of the River
Jennifer Clary, Programs Manager, Clean Water Action

Land Use and Transportation: How to Achieve Our Housing and Climate Goals Together

California’s new Governor has put forth extremely ambitious housing goals for the state 3.5 million homes in the next ten years. We applaud the Governor for this focus on housing, but PCL believes that our housing goals should not be defined by production numbers alone and that it is imperative that the State’s housing goals are aligned with California’s goals for climate, health, and equity as well. Achieving all of these goals holistically in addressing our housing shortage demands consideration of where our housing is and who it will serve, not solely the sheer number of units a jurisdiction can produce.


California Legal Cases

Phasing Out Oil and Gas: Is it Legal to Keep it in the Ground?


11:45 AM
NETWORKING BREAK

12 NOON

LUNCH SESSION (Main Hall): Keynote Speaker


1:15 PM
NETWORKING BREAK

1:30 PM
AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS

The Impact of Climate Change on California Agriculture: What It Means to All of Us

Securing the Future of California's Living Diversity

In 2018, California launched the Biodiversity Initiative –a historic commitment to saving the web of life that underpins our health and prosperity. Already, this initiative is reshaping how we build a better future --500 California biodiversity scientists have signed “A Charter to Secure the Future of California’s Native Biodiversity,” agencies are urgently scoping how they can contribute to the change, and Governor Newsom’s administration recently budgeted $18.6M toward ambitious biodiversity projects such as the effort to seed bank all of California’s plants and end plant extinction in the Golden State. This panel will explore how we can ensure resilient biodiversity in the face of climate change.


CEQA 2.0: Progress and Updates

The Impact of Climate Change on Our Communities


3:00 PM
NETWORKING BREAK

3:15 PM

CLOSING PLENARY SESSION (Main Hall)
Closing Speaker and CivicSpark Emerging Leaders


4:15 PM
RECEPTION & HAPPY HOUR

Hosts & Partners

PCL/PCL Foundation

Co-Host

McGeorge School of Law

Co-Host

CivicSpark

Youth Partner

Gold Sponsors

Phyllis Faber
David Hirsch
Sage Sweetwood

Silver Sponsors

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
Chatten-Brown, Carstens & Minteer, LLP
SoCalGas

Bronze Sponsors

National Wildlife Federation
Kevin K. Johnson, A Professional Law Corporation

Emerging Sponsors

TBD

Contributing Sponsors

Andy Sawyer & Carol Bingham
California Wildlife Foundation/California Oaks
Harold Thomas
Marin Conservation League
Friends, Artists and Neighbors of Elkhorn Slough
Margie Kay

Sponsorships Available

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