CED is housed in the offices of the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance (CCEEB), and is a collaborative effort including CCEEB and Sustainable Conservation (SusCon). The main body of CED is the Plenary. Each member of the Plenary is confirmed through unanimous vote, and all Plenary business members are also members of CCEEB. With approximately thirty members, we seek to balance business and non-governmental organization seats. In addition, CED has eight permanent seats reserved for the Secretary of the California Business, Transportation & Housing Agency (BTH), the Chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Chair of the California Energy Commission (CEC), the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), the Secretary of the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA), the Secretary of the California Resources Agency, the Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), and the Administrator of USEPA, Region IX.

There are currently two active working groups/committees that explore specific issue areas to supplement the on-going dialogue of the Plenary. Each issue-specific working group is co-chaired by one business and one NGO member. These co-chairs are responsible for approving participants and setting agendas. Participants in the working groups are often from CED member organizations and companies, but may include representatives from other non-CED organizations. The working groups tend to attract participants with technical knowledge or expertise in the specific issue areas, and can be a way for others to become familiar with the CED culture.

Long View Committee

The Long View Committee (LVC), which looks at long-term, strategic-level issues and resource efficiency strategies.

Clean Air Dialogue

The Clean Air Dialogue (CAD) Working Group, which looks at air quality, and mobile and stationary sources of emissions.

The Organization Committee

The Organization (ORG) Committee, which oversees CED's organizational health and strategic focus.