Join us for another lively evening of conversations on California’s air quality and climate protection policies, at the beginning of a new gubernatorial administration and new legislative session.
This reception is an intimate gathering of California’s most influential leaders in the environment and politics, including key legislators, top regulators, business leaders, and environmental advocates. Our reception will include hors d’oeuvres and drinks as we toast and celebrate the progress towards healthier air and cleaner skies.
February 27, 2019
featuring Cal/EPA Secretary Jared Blumenfeld and CA State Senator Nancy Skinner
5pm – 7pm
The Sutter Club, 1220 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95184
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Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Jared Blumenfeld to lead the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), the state cabinet-level agency established in 1991 to restore, protect and enhance the environment and to ensure public health, environmental quality and economic vitality.
Blumenfeld is widely recognized as one of America’s most innovative environmental leaders. In 2016, he founded his own private firm advising clean tech companies in best practices after serving eight successful years as Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency for the Pacific Southwest under President Barack Obama. Previously, he was Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment for nine years, where he and then-Mayor Newsom worked effectively to make San Francisco the most sustainable city in the nation. He also served as General Manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, Director of the Treasure Island Redevelopment Authority, Chairman of United Nations World Environment Day, Director of Habitat Protection at the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and Executive Director of Earth Summit Watch for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
State Senator Nancy Skinner represents California’s 9th Senate District. A social justice advocate, energy and climate change trailblazer, and accomplished legislator, Skinner completed three terms in the State Assembly, where she served as Chair of three key committees: Budget, Rules and Natural Resources.
Skinner took on the Gun Lobby, successfully passing two groundbreaking gun violence prevention measures and got corporations to pay their fair share, authoring a bill that requires Amazon and other internet retailers to collect sales tax which is now bringing close to a $1 billion a year in new revenue for California families. An environmental and climate protection champion, Skinner carried measures that doubled rooftop solar and renewable energy. Senator Skinner began her public service in 1984 as the first and only student to be elected to the Berkeley City Council. On Council Skinner introduced the nation’s first Styrofoam ban and co-founded an international association of cities, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. After her term on the City Council, Skinner served as Executive Director of ICLEI’s US office and International Director of ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection program which engaged cities worldwide to take action to stop climate change.
Take a look at last year’s pictures: A Toast to Clearing the Air at the Sutter Club in Sacramento on March 7, 2018.