CCEEB organizes two members-only policy conferences each year, bringing our members together to hear from guest speakers on the most pressing environmental policy issues of the year. CCEEB also hosts seminars on policy proposals, research, and emerging environmental issues of interest to our members.


Bringing business, labor, and public leaders together

CCEEB has found that good policy stems from honest dialogue. We do not shy away from asking or fielding hard questions. Our events allow our members to step back from their day-to-day work to investigate emerging challenges and potential solutions.

July 8-11, 2024 | Olympic Valley, CA

Summer Issues Seminar

California’s premier environmental policy summit


Summer Issues Seminar is CCEEB’s annual members-only policy event, offering a week of in-depth exchanges on the most pressing legislative, regulatory, and environmental policy issues and emerging trends. Guest speakers include legislative leaders, key agency decision makers, environmental and community leaders, non-governmental organizations, and world-renowned academics.

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July 9, 2024

Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award

Honoring the spirit of balance


“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.  The two are interrelated.  They are inextricably tied together and the decisions we make about one affects the other.”  –Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown at the founding of CCEEB in 1973

Founded on the occasion of CCEEB’s 20th anniversary in 1993, the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award recognizes an individual or organization whose activities exemplify the principles of environmental and economic balance. Named on behalf of our founding Chairman, this award seeks to acknowledge those who continue their efforts to protect the environment while enhancing economic growth.  


All individuals and organizations are eligible to receive this award, including elected officials, environmental, community, labor and business leaders, nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, professional and trade associations, government agencies, as well as past nominees. Any individual or organization may submit one or more nominations and may self nominate. The criteria for nominations is intended to be broad and may include anything from a lifetime of commitment to the ideals of environmental and economic balance to a specific project or endeavor.

About the Award

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

Nominations and Selection

On behalf of the Nomination Committee, we are pleased to announce that the 2024 Edmund G. Pat Brown Award Recipients are Turlock Irrigation District, CA Department of Water Resources, Solar AquaGrid, and UC Merced for Project Nexus; Water and Energy Integration for the Future. CCEEB will honor the 2024 Pat Brown Award recipients at our annual reception and dinner on July 9 in Olympic Valley. Please contact Yvonne Vukasin at (415) 512-7890 x114 for more information.

Past recipients:

  • Sandy Berg, Vice Chair of the California Air Resources Board
  • E2 Environmental Entrepreneurs
  • Robert Weisenmiller, Chair of the California Energy Commission for a lifetime of service and leadership on energy policy and conservation
  • Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, 34th and 39th Governor of California for leadership in championing environmental and economic balance
  • 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 the 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.
  • Ben J. Benoit, Past Chair, South Coast Air Quality Management District

November 12-15, 2024 | Carmel, CA

Planning Conference

CCEEB members’ annual strategy session


CCEEB develops its direction, issue prioritization, and work strategy from member input. The annual Planning Conference is our commitment to this bottom-up approach. The Planning Conference provides a hands-on, week-long working session to review achievements, prioritize issues, and develop strategies for achieving our regulatory, legislative, and advocacy goals for the upcoming year.

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