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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - Evening Program
Environmental Policy Solutions Must Be Powered By People and Equity
Eduardo Garcia

While California has led the charge to act on climate change with its groundbreaking environmental advocacy, people at the frontlines of environmental impact can still be left behind. Assembly Eduardo Garcia, representing California's 56th Assembly District, will discuss his mission to help shift the perspective from melting ice caps to the human health impacts of climate change on communities across the state. He will argue that bringing people to the forefront, particularly those from underserved areas that have been uniquely burdened by pollution, is critical to ensuring that equity can prevail in the environmental policy solutions California enacts. 

Eduardo Garcia represents California's 56th Assembly District, which includes cities and unincorporated communities in eastern Riverside County and Imperial County. Elected in 2014, Garcia is the current chair of Water, Parks and Wildlife. In this capacity he oversees some of the state’s most pressing issues, such as drought conditions, and the implementation of the multi-billion dollar Proposition 1, Water Bond passed by voters in 2014. He also serves on the Assembly Committees on Appropriations, Communications and Conveyance, Governmental Organization and Utilities and Energy.

In March of 2015 Garcia was appointed to chair the Select Committee on Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea to examine the opportunities and challenges surrounding development of renewable energy projects and the implementation of environmental restoration plans of the Salton Sea area.

A graduate of local public schools, Garcia attended Coachella Valley High School and the University of California, Riverside. He also completed the "Senior Executives in State and Local Government" Public Administration program from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and earned a master’s Degree from the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development.

A life-long resident of the Coachella Valley, Garcia was first elected to the Coachella City Council in November 2004. In 2006, at the age of 29, he became Coachella's first elected Mayor. 

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