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For Immediate Release:
January 28, 2010      

Contact: Tina Andolina
(530) 908-6714

Planning and Conservation League Annual Symposium
“Greening California’s Landscapes: Smart Solutions for a new era”

The Planning and Conservation League presents its 2010 Environmental Legislative Symposium on Saturday, January 30 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street (Ballroom Level) in Sacramento, CA. This event has a sold-out crowd of activists, elected officials, developers, students, and environmental professionals.

The Symposium features two superlative keynote presentations. In the morning, California State Senator Alan Lowenthal will discuss the future of California’s premier environmental laws including recent exemptions to state planning laws for massive projects, new threats to public participation in local development decisions, and a pending initiative to delay implementation of California’s clean energy and global warming law. In the afternoon, Curt Johansen of Triad Communities LP will discuss his guiding principles of sustainable community building through locally supported land preservation, energy and water conservation, affordable housing and habitat protection. The event also includes nearly 40 speakers covering a wide variety of environmental issues facing the golden state. Highlights include:

  • California State Senator Lois Wolk presenting the legislative process that resulted in last fall’s $11 billion water bond package and outlining opportunities for its improvement.
  • Bettina Redway, from the California State Treasurer’s Office, discussing the status of California’s bonds and the future for bond funded conservation projects in the state.
  • Mike McKeever, of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, showcasing the progress of the area’s Blueprint Land Use Strategy of 2004 and Metropolitan Transportation Plan of 2008.
  • Kurt Malchow, from the California Natural Resources Agency, offering timely information on California’s Climate Adaptation Strategy for 2010.
  • Doug George, with the Ocean Protection Council, making the connections between land activities and improving coastal and ocean water quality.

Through policy briefings and “How To” workshops, the Symposium will provide participants with the tools they need to be effective environmental advocates at the grassroots, state, and national levels.

This year the theme focuses on sustainability. Our goal is to provide a forum and an outlet to share the tools and resources available to work towards our mutual goal of sustainability in a healthy California. For a complete event program, visit www.pcl.org.

Print and video journalists will have ample opportunities for interviews with California’s leading environmental experts and policy makers who are addressing current national and state legislative issues.

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The Planning and Conservation League (PCL) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy organization working in the State Legislature and at the administrative level in state government to enact and implement policies to protect and restore the California environment. PCL’s sister organization, the PCL Foundation, provides public policy research and expertise and empowers citizens to participate in their local and state environmental decision-making processes. Kenyon-Yeates LLP is a proud sponsor of this year’s event.


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