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Fran Pavley

Former Assemblymember (D-Agoura Hills)

Senior Climate Advisor, National Resources Defense Council

M.A., Environmental Planning, California State University Northridge, 1985

B.A., California State University Fresno, 1970

Former Assembly member Pavley served six years in the California Assembly, during which time she was instrumental in the creation and passage of several pieces of landmark environmental legislation. A concern for air quality led her to write Assembly Bill (AB) 1493, the ‘Clean Cars Bill’, which made California the first state in the nation to regulate CO2 emissions from cars and trucks. Since the bill was passed, ten other states and Canada have adopted similar legislation. In 2006 Pavley authored AB 32, the ‘Global Warming Solutions Act’, which will require the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Pavley’s leadership on environmental issues has been recognized by many groups, including the Sierra Club, the Coalition for Clean Air, and Heal the Bay. Scientific American named her a Top Technology Leader in 2002 for her work on transportation policy, and in 2006 the California League of Conservation Voters awarded her their Global Warming Leadership Award. Pavley was selected as a distinguished policy fellow by the UCLA School of Public Policy for 2006-2007.

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