Policy Solutions for a Greener California

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Conservation Strategy Group is a strategic consulting firm with an innovative approach to improving the sustainability of California’s natural resources, water, energy, and transportation systems.

About CSG

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Conservation Strategy Group is a strategic consulting firm with an innovative approach to improving the sustainability of California’s natural resources, water, energy, and transportation systems. The firm provides a full range of state and federal political consulting services for NGOs, local agencies, and clean tech organizations to advance environmental goals in California. Going beyond traditional lobbying, the firm focuses on long-term political and funding strategies for clients from inception to implementation. CSG specializes in building collaborative constituencies for legislative and budget programs, while also designing policy solutions tailored to individual clients.

What We Do

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Conservation Strategy Group offers a range of governmental affairs services to a diversity of environmental clients, focusing primarily on three issue areas:

Water

Transforming water supply and demand strategies for local, regional, and state systems

Conservation

Protecting California’s natural resources through collaborative policy and funding solutions

Climate

Advancing AB 32 goals through natural resources, clean energy, and clean transportation policy

Testimonials

Services

Services

Conservation Funding Programs

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CSG has helped NGO’s obtain hundreds of millions in conservation and restoration funding. Projects include working with the Big Sur Land Trust to obtain more than $13 million in public funding for the protection and restoration of the Carmel River floodplain, a multi-objective multi-agency project; and assisting the Monterey Bay Aquarium to successfully obtain a $6 million grant to update and expand exhibits for educational purposes. CSG works with clients on an ongoing basis to secure conservation funding through the legislative and state budget process. For more information on conservation funding programs contact Kim Schneider at kim@csgcalifornia.com.

Ballot Initiatives

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CSG has developed ballot initiatives designed for success. We authored and ran a successful statewide ballot initiative, 39, that closed a tax loophole that provided corporations with a tax break for moving their jobs and investments to other states. Drafted the initiative's language, managed campaign consultants, developed a strong base of supporters and coalition members, executed an effective social media campaign, provided legal and reporting assistance and managed a budget of $30 million dollars. For more information on development of ballot initiatives contact Joe Caves at joe@csgcalifornia.com.

Clean Energy Legislation

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CSG has a long history of being at the forefront of designing California’s clean energy and climate policies. CSG helped pass the original AB 32 2006 by Assemblymember Fran Pavley which has successfully capped California’s GHG emissions at 1990 levels. Additionally, CSG lead the effort to defend AB 32 at the ballot box against the industry-backed Proposition 23 to overturn it. CSG is continuing its leadership on clean energy by working to extend the GHG emission cap through 2050, increase the share of renewable energy and expand the use of demand response, energy efficiency and distributed generation to integrate renewables in to the electricity grid. For more information on clean energy legislation contact Joe Caves at joe@csgcalifornia.com.

Conservation 2.0

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Conservation 2.0 is an initiative to improve California’s climate and conservation policies by working with leading experts in a diverse range of fields to design ‘blue sky’ solutions to some of the state’s most pressing environmental problems. Key projects include: (i) exploring how the state’s Natural and Working Lands and their biomass waste streams can be leveraged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045; and (ii) increasing the pace and scale of conservation action in California through regional planning, advance mitigation, permit streamlining and ‘dynamic’ conservation. While CSG serves as Project Manager, we work closely with numerous academic institutions, conservation organizations, consultants and attorneys to develop innovative policy solutions. For more information on Conservation 2.0, please contact Graham Chisholm at graham@csgcalifornia.com or at sam@csgcalifornia.com.

Conservation Investment Strategies

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In 2016 Conservation Strategy Group successfully worked with key conservation partners and agencies to enact legislation (AB 2087 -- Marc Levine) that provides a statutory basis for Regional Conservation Investment Strategies (RCISs), and specific authorization for advance mitigation agreements. The result is a powerful new approach to conservation and mitigation in California that can also influence the design and siting of infrastructure as well as drive mitigation funding to high priority conservation investments. For more information on how to apply this new tool to advance your conservation work, please contact Graham Chisholm at graham@csgcalifornia.com.

Team

Contact

Conservation Strategy Group focuses on long-term political and funding strategies for clients from inception to implementation. We are eager to hear about your project.

  • 1100 11th St., 5th Floor
  • Sacramento
  • CA 95814
  • 916.558.1516

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