CED – California Environmental Dialogue https://cedlink.org A Shared Vision for All California Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:26:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 CCEEB Partners with Air Board in Developing AB 617 Community Air Protection Program https://cedlink.org/cceeb-partners-with-air-board-in-developing-ab-617-community-air-protection-program/ Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:26:19 +0000 http://cceeb.org/?p=5962 San Francisco, CA., February 13, 2018 – Following the historic passage of Assembly Bill 617 (C. Garcia, Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017), the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance (CCEEB) has joined the state air board’s Consultation Group to help guide development of its landmark Community Air Protection Program.

AB 617 requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to establish statewide guidance for community air monitoring and emission reduction plans, and to oversee design and implementation of those plans by regional air districts, working in partnership with local communities that have been identified and prioritized by the CARB as having “high cumulative exposure burdens” for criteria and toxic air pollutants. The bill also requires CARB and the air districts to adopt targeted measures to reduce local community exposures.

As one of many actions to engage community and industry stakeholders, CARB has convened an AB 617 Consultation Group, which brings together over 20 of California’s leading voices representing community-based organizations, environmental justice, public health groups, air districts, academia, and industry. CARB Board Member John Balmes, chair of the Consultation Group, opened its first meeting on January 30, by emphasizing the groundbreaking nature of AB 617, calling for members to work together on successful implementation of the bill.

Janet Whittick, CCEEB director of policy, welcomed the invitation to participate and expressed appreciation for the inclusiveness of the group, expressing her hope that it would serve as a model for community-level collaboration. “It’s valuable to share perspectives, even when we can’t reach perfect consensus. CCEEB supported AB 617 and I’ve worked with many of the people here. I feel positive we can help ARB and the districts make the program a success.”

One of the key interests of CCEEB, echoed by many in the group, is to ensure that CARB and the districts base AB 617 programs on sound science and data vetted through transparent public processes. CCEEB is also interested in the advancement of new monitoring and sensor technologies that can help assess air quality impacts in California’s communities.

While CCEEB’s Air Project is working closely with CARB on the state plans and strategy, the Council also participates in local air district planning efforts through its Bay Area Project and South Coast Air Project. Through its work with CARB and local air districts, CCEEB is one of the leading industry groups working in support AB 617 goals and objectives.


Founded in 1973 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance (CCEEB) is a leader in advancing policies that improve the environment and protect public health, while maintaining a strong and competitive economy. CCEEB brings together the perspectives of business, labor, and public leaders in pursuit of balanced and effective policy solutions.

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award https://cedlink.org/nominations-are-now-open-for-the-2018-edmund-g-pat-brown-award/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 21:18:31 +0000 http://cceeb.org/?p=5942

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award.

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award.  Named after CCEEB’s founding chairman, the award will honor an individual or organization whose activities exemplify the principles of environmental and economic balance. The criteria for nominations is broad and may include anything from honoring an individual for a lifetime of commitment to the ideals of environmental and economic balance to honoring an organization for a specific project or endeavor. This is a perfect time to reflect on those achievements that best exemplify CCEEB’s mission of environmental and economic balance. The success of the award depends on the quality of nominations. CCEEB encourages you to forward the application to anyone who might be interested. The 2018 award recipient will be honored at a special dinner on Tuesday, July 17.

Learn more about past Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award winners here.

Completed applications and nominations may be submitted by email to patbrownaward@cceeb.org or by mail to 101 Mission Street, Suite 1440, San Francisco, California 94105.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 30, 2018.

Please email or call Yvonne Vukasin if any questions — yvonnev@cceeb.org or (415) 512-7890 ext. 114.
CCEEB Honors the University of California’s Climate Action Leadership with the 2017 Pat Brown Award https://cedlink.org/2017_pat_brown_award/ Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:00:04 +0000 http://wpexplorer-demos.com/?p=697 OLYMPIC VALLEY, CA., July 18, 2017 — California business, labor, and public leaders gathered on Tuesday to honor the University of California as this year’s Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award Recipient.

The California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance (CCEEB) recognized the University of California for elevating pragmatic climate change solutions that enable and empower the state of California’s environmental leadership and economic growth.

UC President Janet Napolitano accepted the Pat Brown Award on the behalf of the University of California at CCEEB’s annual policy conference on July 18, 2017 in Olympic Valley, CA. In her remarks, President Napolitano said, “I am thrilled that the ongoing efforts of UC faculty, researchers, students and staff to protect the environment are being recognized through the Pat Brown Award. California has shown that we don’t have to choose between environmental stewardship and economic vitality. As California’s public research university, UC is at the forefront of research innovation and operational reforms that thoughtfully balance these priorities.”

The University of California has been deeply engaged in research and scholarship around climate change for decades, and has accelerated its efforts under President Napolitano. In 2013, UC committed to reach operational carbon neutrality by 2025. By 2016, it had made the largest purchase of solar energy ever by a U.S. university – 80 megawatts – enough solar energy for 27,000 homes.

As a public research university, the University of California tackles climate action on multiple fronts – undertaking basic and applied research, teaching, public service, changing its operations, investing in climate solutions, and being a model of positive change.

“It is no secret that the state of California relies on the work of the University of California for developing and implementing environmental policies and regulations,” explains CCEEB President Gerald Secundy. “Look at each campus; you’ll see world-class research and ideas being developed by UC faculty, students, and staff. California businesses are able to leverage this innovation in cleaner technologies and best practices, just like state and local agencies learn from the University’s forward policy thinking.”

The University of California is not only a leader here in the state, but also internationally. In 2015, a group of 50 UC academics and researchers organized a Carbon and Climate Neutrality Summit and produced the path-breaking report, Bending the Curve: Ten scalable solutions for carbon neutrality and climate stabilityThis report became a key part of the California state delegation’s messaging and contribution at the Paris climate agreement negotiations.

“The University of California’s leadership exemplifies the partnership between the University and the State of California that the late Governor Pat Brown and UC President Clark Kerr envisioned half a century ago,” says Wally McGuire, CCEEB Chairman.


About the University of California

The University of California is the world’s leading public research university system. With 10 campuses, 5 medical centers, 3 national labs and a network of agricultural and natural research centers, the UC system includes more than 265,000 students and 1.8 million alumni living all around the world. UC is California’s third largest employer and boasts over 190,000 faculty and researchers, many highly-distinguished in their fields.

About the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award

The Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award is named after the late Governor Edmund G. Brown, the CCEEB’s founding Chairman. The award honors individuals whose achievements best exemplify CCEEB’s mission of environmental and economic balance.

Previous recipients include State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus, State Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, State Senator Fran Pavley, the late Tom Graff of the Environmental Defense Fund, the Walt Disney Company, and Governor Schwarzenegger with Speaker Fabian Nuñez and pro Tem Don Perata.

Business, Labor Leaders Join Governor in Supporting Cap-and-Trade Bill https://cedlink.org/cap-and-trade_business_support/ Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:00:26 +0000 http://wpexplorer-demos.com/?p=691 SAN FRANCISCO, CA., June 12, 2017 — The California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance (“CCEEB”) announced today its support for AB 398, a bill that would extend the state’s historic cap-and-trade program through 2030.

“There has never been a more important time for California’s leadership,” said CCEEB Chairman Walter McGuire. “Frankly, Washington is moving in the wrong direction. But California is big enough, smart enough, to fill this vacuum and show our partners—here in the U.S. and internationally—that American businesses are committed to fighting climate change, and even now are taking steps to reduce greenhouse gases.”

“We take seriously the threat of global climate change to public health, the health of the planet, and to our economic systems and infrastructure. So we stand with the governor, the speaker, and the senate president pro tem in support of Assemblymember E. Garcia’s bill,” said CCEEB President Gerald Secundy.

“Cap-and-trade covers more than 450 businesses, totaling about 80% of statewide emissions and employing many thousands of workers. Other options cost as much as thirty times more, but don’t do any better reducing emissions. It makes sense to continue doing what we’re doing right,” said Jose Mejia, CCEEB vice chairman and director of the California State Council of Laborers. “California workers are on the frontline. It’s our jobs at stake. We’ve got to be honest—reducing greenhouse gases is hardly cost-free, but it in the end it’s what we must do for our environment and economy. By keeping jobs in California, we keep the economic benefits and help businesses be the cleanest and most efficient in the world. That doesn’t happen when businesses leave.”

“This is where investments are being made. This is where we’re creating technologies for cleaner cars and trucks, cleaner fuel and energy production, and for sustainable industry and infrastructure,” said Robbie Hunter, CCEEB board director and president of the State Building & Construction Trades Council. “Cap-and-trade spreads our efforts to partners in industry and the environment far beyond California. It’s more than just symbolic leadership.”

Responding to criticism of the program, Secundy explained, “Saying industry ‘wants’ cap-and-trade is like saying you want to go to the dentist. You don’t do it because you like it; you do it because it’s important to your health. But you aren’t going to ask for it to be more painful than it has to be.”

Secundy concluded saying, “Cap-and-trade gives us a clear path where we know we’re creating green jobs, rebuilding our infrastructure, and fighting climate change. We support the governor, Assemblymember E. Garcia and AB 398because we see the need for this balance.”

CCEEB President Secundy Issues Statement on White House Paris Climate Agreement Announcement https://cedlink.org/paris_climate_agreement/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 09:00:34 +0000 http://wpexplorer-demos.com/?p=674 SAN FRANCISCO, CA., June 1, 2017 — In response to the President’s announcement on withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, Jerry Secundy, President and CEO of the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance (CCEEB) issued the following statement today:

California is presented a great opportunity to fill the leadership vacuum created by the President’s withdrawal from the landmark Paris Agreement. California has been and is a leader in the fight against Climate Change and now is the perfect time to reassert its leadership position to continue to drive down greenhouse gas emission reductions while protecting citizens and jobs from undue cost pressures. As an example, a well-designed and extended Cap-and-Trade Program that can link to other states or nations in a collaborative effort to combat climate change while providing economic protections and supporting low-cost greenhouse gas emission reductions is a critical part of this effort. Lack of national leadership does not mean that California can rest on its laurels. We must continue the fight for our future generations.


CCEEB is a non-profit, non-partisan association of business, labor, and public leaders, which advances balanced policies for a strong economy and a healthy environment.

A Better Approach to Water Supply https://cedlink.org/a-better-approach-to-water-supply/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:37 +0000 http://cceeb.org/?p=5844 For the first time ever, CCEEB is holding special seminar open to the public and all interested stakeholders on water quality and water supply issues.  The seminar builds on CCEEB’s work in the areas of storm water, ground water, recycled water, conservation, regional basin plans, and multiple benefit projects developed through public-private partnerships, bringing together top experts in for in-depth, interactive discussions with seminar attendees. The water seminar will also explore opportunities for different groups to collaborate on sustainable solutions to water supply and to help prioritize water quality objectives at the state and regional water boards.

The CCEEB water seminar will take place in Sacramento, California on April 25, 2017 at the Capitol Event Center located at 1020 11th Street.

A draft agenda is available here and online registration is available here.

Invited panelists include:

  • Steven Moore, State Water Resources Control Board Member
  • Bob Antonoplis, Assistant General Counsel, The Walt Disney Company
  • Joe Bellas, Vice President Environmental Affairs, NBC Universal
  • Sean Bothwell, Policy Director, California Coastkeeper Alliance
  • Celeste Cantu, General Manager, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
  • Brent Eidson, City of San Diego Public Utilities Department
  • Ken Farfsing, Interim City Manager, City of Carson
  • Grace Hyde, General Manager, County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
  • Peter MacLaggan, Senior Vice President of CA Project Development, Poseidon
  • Danny Merkley, Director of Water Resources, California Farm Bureau
  • Halla Razak, Director, City of San Diego Public Utilities Department (or)
  • Cindy Tuck, Deputy Executive Director, Association of California Water Agencies
  • Rich Watson, Channel Watershed Group

Seminar Moderators:

  • Gerald D. Secundy, CCEEB President and former vice chair of the state water board
  • Jonathan Clay, California Environmental Dialogue Executive Director
  • Dawn Koepke, CCEEB Water Chemistry and Waste Project Manager
  • Dr. Susan Paulsen, Special Consultant, CCEEB Water Quality Task Force
Business, labor leaders applaud water czar’s efforts to fight drought https://cedlink.org/business-labor-leaders-applaud-water-czars-efforts-to-fight-drought/ Sun, 06 Nov 2016 08:00:56 +0000 http://cceeb.org/?p=5847 At a special ceremony in the state capital, California business, labor and public leaders gathered to honor the work of the state’s water czar in fighting the historic drought. Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, received the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award from the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance.

Describing Marcus’s accomplishments, CCEEB President Gerald Secundy praised Marcus for her efforts to transcend the state’s infamous water wars, saying “Felicia has found a way to balance the state’s economic needs with the dire needs of the environment. With a $2.7 billion hit to agriculture, more than 21,000 jobs lost, and no snow in the Sierras for the first time in known history, this is no small feat and deserves our recognition.”

In video remarks congratulating Marcus, Mary Nichols noted how successful the state has been in responding to the drought and conserving water, “Let’s face it, there really isn’t anybody else besides Felicia who could be heading up the state [water] board at a time when it is asserting its power in ways that it hasn’t done for years, and getting the kind of response that she is getting.” Nichols continued, “This is only possible because of many years of practice and hard work and a lot of skill on her part in bringing together people with different viewpoints, and helping them feel that they are part of the solution.” Mary Nichols, who chairs the state Air Resources Board, was a recipient of the Pat Brown Award in 2013.

Under Marcus’s leadership, the water board has overseen mandatory conservation efforts at urban water agencies and curtailment of century-old water rights. Governor Brown directed a 25 percent cut in water use last April. Since then, Californians have met and surpassed the state goal, with cities cutting use by more than 31 percent in July.

Accepting the prestigious award, Marcus remarked, “We’ve seen great victories in the drought, where people have risen above their parochial self-interests. We have seen people trying to make a difference.”

Beyond her efforts fighting the drought, Marcus is well known for her accomplishments in environmental protection. Marcus has held leadership roles at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Heal the Bay, and Trust for Public Land. Marcus has also headed the Los Angeles Department of Public Works and U.S. EPA, Region 9 during the Clinton Administration.

In addition to Mary Nichols, previous recipients of the Pat Brown Award include State Senator Fran Pavley, Tom Graff from Environmental Defense Fund, and Governor Schwarzenegger with Speaker Nuñez and pro Tem Perata.


About the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award

The Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award is named after the late Governor Edmund G. Brown, the CCEEB’s founding Chairman. The award honors individuals whose achievements best exemplify CCEEB’s mission of environmental and economic balance.

Previous recipients include State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus, State Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, State Senator Fran Pavley, the late Tom Graff of the Environmental Defense Fund, the Walt Disney Company, and Governor Schwarzenegger with Speaker Fabian Nuñez and pro Tem Don Perata.

A Clear Path to Cleaner Water https://cedlink.org/a-clear-path-to-cleaner-water/ Thu, 06 Oct 2016 09:00:16 +0000 http://cceeb.org/?p=5849 WQTFcoverIn 2012, CCEEB convened a special Water Quality Task Force in order to examine the water essay quality regulatory system and look for ways to improve water quality outcomes.  The task force is comprised of CCEEB members and other stakeholders, primarily municipal water agencies and smaller cities, who have expertise in water quality permitting and mitigation projects.

Over the course of 18 months, the task force met regularly with CCEEB consultants Dr. Susan Paulsen, Flow Science, Inc. and Bob Lucas, Lucas Advocates. Dr. Paulsen was responsible for compiling case studies and examples, which were then used as the basis for a series of targeted recommendations to the State and regional water boards.

CCEEB presented its final report documenting this work to the State Water Board on where it was well received by board members. CCEEB is currently in discussions with the State Water Board and other entities working towards implementation of report recommendations. We invite you to download a copy of the report and welcome your feedback.

CCEEB names Harvard economist as 2016 Pat Brown Award winner https://cedlink.org/2016-pat-brown-winner-stavins/ Mon, 05 Sep 2016 03:30:23 +0000 http://wpexplorer-demos.com/?p=676 Business, labor and public leaders gathered at CCEEB’s annual policy conference to honor the work of notable Harvard economist Dr. Robert Stavins, this year’s Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award recipient.

Director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, Dr. Stavins has been a major voice on environmental policies internationally, nationally, and in California. Stavins’ research has helped infuse climate negotiations at the United Nations with principles of economic logic, and his book, Architectures for Agreement: Addressing Global Climate Change in the Post-Kyoto World, has become the de facto playbook for national delegates, businesses, and non-profits hoping to build an international framework for meaningful climate actions.

Starting in the 1980’s, Stavins began advancing the use of market-based instruments as a way to improve the efficiency of environmental policies. His research led directly to EPA’s establishment in 1990 of an emissions trading program for sulfur dioxide; Mary Nichols would subsequently lead this national effort as EPA’s assistant administrator for air and radiation. Years later, and with Nichols chairing the state air board, their work to combat acid rain would influence design of California’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade market, the first economy-wide climate program in the United States.

Dr. Stavins continues to educate policy makers worldwide. He has served on a long list of advisories and boards, including chair of EPA’s Environmental Economics Advisory Committee and lead author for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; and has been a consultant to numerous organization, including the National Academy of Sciences, the World Bank, NRDC, EDF, the Sierra Club, and private foundations and firms. Stavins is a frequent contributor to periodicals such as The Environmental Forum, and writes a popular blog on environmental policy issues, with many insights on California’s climate programs.

“Everybody knows Rob’s work,” explained CCEEB President Gerald Secundy on this year’s award selection. “While we should certainly be proud of our accomplishments in California, it’s all pretty meaningless if done in a vacuum. Rob shows us a path towards linking to the wider world, to being more than just the ‘Island of California.’ That’s how we’ll ultimately solve the climate problem.”

Previous recipients of the Pat Brown Award include State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus, State Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, State Senator Fran Pavley, the late Tom Graff of the Environmental Defense Fund, and Governor Schwarzenegger with Speaker Nuñez and pro Tem Perata. CCEEB is a coalition of business, labor, and public leaders that advances strategies for a sound economy and a healthy environment.

Senator Fran Pavley Wins the 2014 Pat Brown Award https://cedlink.org/senator-fran-pavley-wins-the-2014-pat-brown-award/ Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:00:36 +0000 http://cceeb.org/?p=5851 Senator Pavley Wins 2014 Pat Brown Award The CCEEB Board of Directors named Senator Fran Pavley winner of this year’s Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award.  The award, named on behalf of CCEEB’s founding chairman, honors an individual or organization whose accomplishments most exemplify the spirit of environmental and economic balance.

CCEEB chose Senator Pavley because of her efforts to protect the environment in a way that allows for economic development and a strong economy.

“The Senator has made unparalleled contributions to the advancement of climate change solutions that are both ambitious and achievable. That’s why you can see her influence not just in Sacramento, but in D.C. as well,” said Gerald Secundy, CCEEB president. “Never one to back down from tough goals and standards, Senator Pavley also understands that businesses need the means to comply.”

Throughout her career as a legislator, Senator Pavley has been a leader in the movement to advance climate change solutions at the state level and to find creative ways to improve air quality. In 2002, she authored a bill limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new cars and light trucks, which became the model for today’s national standards.  In 2006, she co-authored AB 32, a comprehensive framework for cutting GHG emissions across most of the California economy.  In 2013, she co-authored legislation to invest $2 billion in successful air quality, clean vehicle and fuel technology programs.

IMG_3670“Californian’s will long remember Senator Pavley’s contributions to the economic well being and environmental quality of this great state,” said Wally McGuire, CCEEB Chairman.

In 2011, Senator Pavley authored a bill meant to improve California’s business climate by implementing regulatory reform. This law requires agencies to rigorously assess the economic impacts and benefits of major regulations before they are adopted.

Previous recipients of the Pat Brown Award include Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols, Tom Graft from Environmental Defense Fund, Donald Bren, and Governor Schwarzenegger with Speaker Nuñez and pro Tem Perata. CCEEB will honor Senator Pavley at an award ceremony on Tuesday, July 15. For more information about the Pat Brown Award, including how to attend the award ceremony, please contact Yvonne Vukasin at CCEEB.


About the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award

The Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award is named after the late Governor Edmund G. Brown, the CCEEB’s founding Chairman. The award honors individuals whose achievements best exemplify CCEEB’s mission of environmental and economic balance.