Founded in 1972, the PCL Foundation provides research that serves as a catalyst for public policy change to solve critical environmental problems. PCLF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to protect the environmental and quality of life for all Californians.
Since our inception, the Foundation and its staff have researched and provided necessary policy analysis for some of California’s best and much needed environmental legislation and bonds, including, but not limited to the:
- 1970 California Environmental Quality Act;
- 1972 Coastal Conservation Initiative (Proposition 20);
- 1989 Integrated Waste Management Act (AB 939);
- 1990 Rail Bond Act (Proposition 116); and
- 2000 Parks Bond (Proposition 12).
PCLF also works at the community level to provide the public with skills needed to participate in the environmental review process and to cut the carbon footprint of new developments in their communities. We hold workshops that feature our publications with the simple goal of providing participants with the skills and understanding about how they can participate and collaborate with local government and help plan how their communities evolve. These workshops educate, empower and energize a broad coalition of individuals, activists and the general public with diverse backgrounds.
The research, public education, and public policy analysis work of the PCL Foundation is often converted into action by the Planning and Conservation League, our sister organization. Our research is provided to a host of other organizations, state and local government decision-makers, and to the general public and serves as a catalyst for public policy changes that solve critical environmental problems.