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Offered at Various Inland Empire Locations


CSUSM’s Environmental Leadership Academy aims to foster visionary, spirited and thoughtful leadership toward a just and sustainable future. The objective of this program is to engage leaders and professionals in California on critical environmental issues affecting our quality of life such as energy, water, land, transportation and waste.

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California's Energy Future 2020 Symposium

Learn about California's energy future at this public one-day symposium. Participate in a robust and balanced dialogue on energy and public safety concerns in California. This symposium is included in the Environmental Leadership Academy Conference registration.

  • Feb. 20, 2020
  • $35 including lunch

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Convenient format

This program meets for four days and includes the Energy Symposium, all tours, meals and 3.0 CEUs

Learn from the best

Learn from local subject-matter-experts through presentations and experiential learning

Expand your network

Join a network of exemplary leaders to gain better insight into the issues through inquiry and dialogue

Range of topics

Topics include renewable energy, climate change, sustainable communities, environmental law and much more


Program Details


    This program is designed for:

    • Community Leaders
    • Public Affairs Managers
    • Economic Development Professionals
    • City and County Planners and Commissioners
    • Sustainability Managers
    • Developers and Building Industry Contractors
    • Architects, Engineers, Environmental Designers
    • Energy, Environmental, Water, Air, Waste and Land Consultants
    • Attorneys
    • City Council Members
    • Realtors and Brokers
    • Public Policy Board members
    • Environmental Educators
    • Environmental and Land Use Consultants
    • College Students
    • Environmental NGOs
    • Biologists, Ecologists and Cultural Resource Personnel
    Program Dates Registration
    Environmental Leadership Academy Conference and Energy Symposium Feb 18-21, 2020 Academy and Symposium Registration
    California's Energy Future 2020 Symposium Feb. 20, 2020 Symposium Only Registration

    Environmental Leadership Academy Conference Logistics

    Join industry leaders and subject matter experts for this four-day conference where you will gain a balanced knowledge of critical environmental issues to support sound decision-making, functional solutions and best practices in the areas of energy, water, land, transportation and waste.  Through a series of presentations, expert panels, tours and exercises, you’ll gather a range of complex information and wrestle with the question, “what do we do now?”  Symposium registration included.

    View the complete conference agenda for session topics and field trip locations.

    Registration fee:

    • $650 standard
    • $550 nonprofit and government agencies 

    Registration fee includes:

    • California’s Energy Future Symposium
    • 3.0 Continuing education units (CEUs)
    • Transportation to all site visits
    • Meals at all sessions
    • Certificate of completion

    California's Energy Future Symposium Logistics

    Two expert panels will provide their perspectives and key recommendations on how we can secure a viable energy future sustainable economic growth, while mitigating climate impacts. Recommendations will also be shared for local government, state, and federal decision-makers to avoid, minimize, and mitigate fire risk.

    • One-day symposium at Pechanga Casino
    • 8:30am - 5:00pm

    Panel 1 - Includes experts from the electric, gas, and waste sectors, along with specialists on emerging technologies, renewable energy, and policy. The focus of this panel will be on facilitating a robust discussion on the current direction for energy in California and their vision for our energy future.  Panelists include representatives from Southern California Edison, Sempra/SoCal Gas, Pacific Gas and Electricity, CR&R Waste, WRCOG, and Hon. Cruz Bustamante, California Lt. Governor (Ret.).

    Panel 2 - Shifts focus to one of the most pressing issues facing California: wildfires and the wildland urban interface. The panel will include experts in wildland firefighting and policy, utilities, climate, and land use planning. The focus of this panel will be on facilitating a balanced discussion on the trends in California’s wildfires, where the major risks are now coming from, and how we can work together to reduce those risks and create more resilient communities.  Panelists include representatives from Pacific Gas and Electricity, Southern California Edison, Sempra/SoCal Gas, Cal Fire, Cal Fire L2881, CSUSM, Aaron Read & Associates, plus others.

    Registration fee:

    • $35

    Registration fee includes:

    • Lunch

    Environmental Leadership Academy topic areas:

    • Ethics, economics and history
    • Environmental law and regulation
    • Wildfires and urban interface
    • Water quality and conservation
    • Renewable energy
    • Energy conservation reliability
    • Cultural resources
    • Climate change
    • Conservation planning and ecology
    • Air quality
    • Waste management
    • Sustainable communities
    • Transportation and infrastructure
    • CEQA and NEPA
    • Endangered species and habitat

    Matt Rahn, PhD, MS, JD
    Director and Research Faculty
    Environmental Leadership Institute, Wildfire Science Degree and Research Program

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