BACKGROUND

The California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy (CFEE) is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to educating public and private sector decision makers on, and developing creative solutions to, California's complex economic, environmental and social issues. Recognized as a highly effective public policy forum, the Foundation brings together senior executives from California's major corporations, statewide labor leaders, and the leading advocates from environmental and consumer organizations to meet with legislators and regulatory officials in an atmosphere of non-adversarial cooperation. The Foundation seeks full exploration of controversial issues in a manner that transcends adversarial relationships by encouraging the development of common interests and workable policies rather than institutionalized conflict.

Created in 1979 to advance consensus among those on the frontier of decision-making, the Foundation accelerates the process for developing collaborative and innovative approaches to critical issues. The Foundation develops and conducts public policy discussion forums as well as study travel projects abroad to educate California leadership on issues and gain insights from the experience of other states and nations.

CFEE's discussion forums and travel projects put a diverse cross-section of California leadership into direct contact with their counterparts from around the world. This sharing of views and experiences leads not only to a broader understanding of complex issues, but encourages the exchange of policy and technology options, as well as business and trade opportunities.