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The Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Award

Established on the occasion of CCEEB’s 20th anniversary, and named on behalf of our founding chairman, the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award recognizes an individual or organization whose activities exemplify the principles of environmental and economic balance. The annual Pat Brown Award plays a meaningful role in motivating people and organizations to continue their efforts to advance balanced solutions.

Can we have economic growth and a better environment? We can and we must. For, in reality, we cannot divide and segregate economic and environmental issues. They are inextricably tied together and the decisions we make about one affects the other.

Governor Pat Brown
1973 on the occasion of the founding of CCEEB

Pat Brown Award

The Pat Brown Award is embodied in a handcrafted gold, sterling-silver and bronze sculpture created for CCEEB by jewelry artist Cheryl Brink. The sculpture symbolizes the need to balance CCEEB’s tripartite coalition of public, industry, and labor leaders. The three individual columns stand only through their connections to each other.

The nomination and selection process for the award is overseen by a committee of the CCEEB Board of Directors.

Past Recipients

  • The University of California for climate action leadership
  • Robert Stavins, Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University for championing and leadership of economic development and environmental protection
  • Felicia Marcus, Chair of State Water Resources Control Board for leadership in water conservation
  • Fran Pavley, California State Senator for leadership in climate change
  • Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board for leadership in establishing California’s GHG cap-and-trade program
  • San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District for the Tune In & Tune Up program
  • Sustainable Conservation and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers for leadership in the phase-out of copper in passenger vehicle brake pads
  • BP for the A+ for Energy Education Program
  • Tom Graff, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) for lifetime achievement in environmental excellence and water
  • The Walt Disney Company for its Environmentality program
  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Bay Area Rapid Transit Districts, and Metropolitan Transportation Commission for leadership on the “Spare the Air” campaign
  • Steve McCormick, The Nature Conservancy for leadership in championing economic development and environmental protection
  • Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata, and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez for leadership in passage of AB 32, the California Global Solutions Act of 2006
  • Dow Chemical Company for the Dow Wetlands Preserve
  • Wine Institute, California Association of Winegrape Growers, California for leadership with the Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices workbook
  • 3M Corporation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for leadership in championing economic development and environmental protection
  • Shaklee Corporation for leadership in implementing an all clean vehicle fleet 
  • California Air Resources Board, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, South Coast Air Quality Management District, San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District, and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District for leadership on the “Success in the Air” campaign
  • Richard M. Rosenberg, Bank America Corporation for leadership in championing economic development and environmental protection
  • John Krautkraemer, Dan Nelson and Timothy Quinn for leadership on the San Francisco Bay/Delta Water Accord
  • Donald Bren, Irvine Company for leadership in smart growth 
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