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Annual Environmental Legislative Symposium
January 12, 2013
CEQA: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow?

PCL Symposium a Resounding Success

More than 200 participants packed into King Hall at the UC Davis School of Law this past Saturday to discuss the past, present and future of the California Environmental Quality Act at the Planning and Conservation League/PCL Foundation's annual legislative symposium, This year's event, entitled CEQA, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow?, started with a thought-provoking plenary panel headlined by State Senators Michael Rubio and Noreen Evans as well as speakers from the infill and environmental justice community. The day-long event included 10 additional sessions focused on exploring where the California Environmental Quality Act is helping to ensure sustainable land-use, transportation, water and energy planning, while exploring where the law may be able to be improved. Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg gave the luncheon keynote address, discussing his perspective on the future of CEQA, while Senator Evans and the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment received awards for their work to defend and enforce CEQA.

PCL will now take the information gathered at the symposium to help develop a promote a positive CEQA reform agenda that will strengthen the law's ability to promote strong environmental outcomes while continuing to empower communities to have a meaningful say in the decisions that impact them.

A huge thanks to the UC Davis School of Law, all of our event sponsors highlighted by lead sponsor Save Mount Diablo, all the speakers and legislators who helped make this dialogue so meaningful, and to everyone who joined us to discuss this subject that is so critical to California's future!

Plenary session room
Plenary session room


The Symposium theme for 2012 was "THINK SMALL: Local Solutions to Protect Our Environment, Strengthen Our Communities, and Rebuild Our Economy." Expert speakers and decision makers brought current information on environmental issues and innovative policy solutions to the table on water, land use, high speed rail, regulatory reform and more.

Program & Proceedings

In order to continue to provide you with current and relevant information on the environment the Symposium Proceedings has been made available via the PCL website.

Award Winners

This year we celebrated the work of three Legislators of the Year: Senator Kevin de LeĆ³n, Assembly members Jerry Hill and Jared Huffman.


PCL and the PCL Foundation could not have made this Symposium happen without the generous support and assistance from our sponsors.

Publications on the Event

To provide helpful information on the day, we've made the program available for your reference.


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