Thanks to all who attended and help put on such a great show in Sacramento! Justin Malan of Econconsult said it best that he knows of no organization that does so much on such a shoestring...a dubious honor that we'd like to correct over time, but praise nonetheless.
Helping to pull us up by our shoestrings this year were a few sponsors. We would like to thank Gold Sponsor One PacificCoast Bank (A Community Bank and Benefit Corp all in one) as well as in-kind sponsors Ridge Vineyards and K&L Wines (klwines.com). In addition, a big shout out to Kate and crew at our Advocacy Day HQ for the day, Downtown & Vine. A wonderful place with wonderful people.
So what did we do at PolicyPalooza? A whole lot. Over 40 advocates from around the state participated in over 60 legislative meetings. We got to talk about our sponsored legislation on grey and recycled water "Purple Pipes" (AB 2282, Gatto) and "Last Mile" energy code enforcement (AB 1918, Williams) as well as our implementation efforts on AB 127 (flame retardant-free insulation), AB 758 (CEC efficiency program formation) and other areas assuring a better built environment.
At the same time we participated in the Green California Summit, starting with Keynote Speaker Anne Simpson of CalPERS talking about the Building Health Initiative, to the USGBC California Exhibit booth staffed by Sarah Egerman, Marcia Sitcoske and special guests, to the "Greenbuild in California" sessions on healthy schools, Prop 39 investments, "Grey, Purple & Green" water policy, local code enforcement, and building health strategies.
The highlight of PolicyPalooza is always the Green Hard Hat Awards Reception, helped by our afore and above-mentioned sponsors and aided by the sky-high spirits of all who attended. We celebrated Assembly policy champions Mike Gatto (Burbank) and Das Williams (Santa Barabara) as well as DGS Sustainability Lead Dan Burgoyne and made plans for bigger, bolder and more policy-tastic actions for this year and next.