Long View Committee (LVC)

Co-Chairs: Grant Davis, Sonoma County Water Agency; Robert C. Wilkinson, Ph.D., Earth Island Institute; & Diane Ross-Leech, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

The CED Long View Committee (LVC) was founded in honor of long-time CED friend and contributor Peter Schwartz of the Global Business Network who’s seminal work, The Art of the Long View helped to shape the long-term perspective taken by many of CED’s members in their approach to environmental policy solutions. Participants are drawn to the LVC because it is a unique forum for frank and honest discussion about California’s long-term, strategic-level environmental, economic, and resource management issues. The LVC is a committee of the CED Plenary that acts as an important vehicle for education and enhancement of the Plenary dialogue with respect to key resource management and infrastructure investment issues. Like our other working groups and committees, LVC expands the dialogue’s expertise and breadth by welcoming participants from non-CED organizations.

Companies like Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), Cisco Systems, Wine Institute, and BP collaborate with environmental leaders from organizations like the Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), as well as relevant state agencies like the California Business, Transportation & Housing Agency (BTH), the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), the California Energy Commission (CEC), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). Together, they look for areas where consensus can be forged and solutions to California’s long-term policy concerns can be developed.

The LVC’s current issue agenda includes the following:

  • Resource efficiency strategies and policies
  • Water resource management
  • Water/Climate/Energy nexus
  • Renewable energy generation
  • Climate change adaptation and infrastructure investment
  • Environmental & resource policy applications for advanced information & communications technology (ICT)

Past achievements include:

  • In 2009, CED issued a publication, Climate Change and Water Management, which promoted improved water resource management strategies to help in the collective effort to achieve California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals and to mitigate and adapt to climate change risks.
  • In 2007, CED issued a publication, Geographic Information Systems: Technology for a Changing Climate, which promoted the use of GIS technologies in public and private infrastructure planning and investment processes.
  • CED members are committed to exploring policies that encourage the implementation of strategies to address the relationship between water resource management, energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions in California.
  • CED members provided significant input into the development and administration of efforts to quantify the multiple environmental and economic benefits associate with water resource efficiency.