Alliance for Environmental Leadership

Join our Alliance for Environmental Leadership team!

Leslie Warren, Chair

Believe in smart growth (not suburban sprawl) and a healthy environment?  Want to influence our local elected and appointed officials that control development in the foothills?  Join our Alliance for Environmental Leadership (AEL) by e-mailing our Committee Chair, Leslie Warren, at  Leslie will get you involved!

November 2018    Alliance for Environmental Leadership

NEXT MEETING: Thursday, November 15th at 6 pm, Moonraker’s Brewery, 12970 Earhart Avenue #100, Auburn (by the airport).

We’ll be talking TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE at our Thursday 11/15 meeting.  

On future third Thursdays, our AEL will focus on key issues in the upcoming Sunset Industrial Area Community Plan/Placer Ranch Specific Plan EIR and Kenny Ranch EIR:

Aligned Organizations

Citizen Initiated Smart Growth Plan Proposal

Click here to view AEL Smart Growth Plan Proposal

At a recent Environmental Workshop AEL members reviewed a presentation prepared by Architectural Designer, Genevieve Marsh, about the West Placer Sunset Industrial Area/Placer Ranch proposed development and its impact on 10,571 acres of farmland and vernal pools.  AEL’s next step is to have Ms. Marsh prepare a Rezoning Plan for that same acreage which is environmentally sensitive.  AEL will then champion this alternative plan with Placer County’s Board of Supervisors.
To better understand this disastrous proposed development below is a Fact Sheet outlining its magnitude.  Consider joining the AEL team to help us fight to protect our natural ecosystems and advocate for sustainable and inclusive community development (see our Mission/Goals and 2018 Plan below) !  Send an email to and we’ll add you to our list!

The Alliance for Environmental Leadership brings together existing like-minded organizations and citizens for a common cause – defending natural ecosystems and advocating for sustainable, inclusive communities in Placer and Nevada Counties.

The Alliance for Environmental Leadership (AEL) is a forum to:

  • Protect our quality of life through active participation in local governmental planning and policy making;
  • Recruit and train local leaders who will advocate for natural ecosystems and for sustainable and inclusive communities; and
  • Build a revolving legal defense fund to support expenses for expert witnesses and challenges to projects or policies that have significant, unmitigated impacts on the environment.


1) Register as a corporation with the State of California.

2) Affiliate with a broad base of environmental and community organizations and citizens.

3) Conduct monthly forums – location and dates, alternating between Nevada and Placer Counties.

4) Elect AEL Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer/Legal Defense Fund Spokesperson and Planning & Conservation League Liaison from among affiliated organizations.  These officers will work together to create Bylaws with rules of order and procedures for AEL.

5) Execute Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Planning and Conservation League to be the Fiduciary Agent for AEL. All contributions to AEL’s legal defense fund will be managed by PCLF affording donors with tax benefits.

6) Review, comment on and coordinate analysis of the Sunset Industrial Plan Area and Placer Ranch Specific Planwhich will potentially impact regional C02 levels, agricultural soils and wet lands, regional air quality, water supply, species extinction, housing prices and availability and quality of life.

7) Recruit and support the needs of local leaders seeking public offices/appointed positions.

8) Build a revolving legal defense fund to support expenses for expert witnesses and challenges to projects or policies that harm the environment or are not inclusive.

9) Review, comment on and analyze the “Sustainability Plan(s)”under development for Nevada and Placer Counties and Cities which will set long-term policy for addressing emissions from sources and activities generating climate risks.


The Alliance for Environmental Leadership (AEL) unites existing like-minded organizations and individuals to support one another, mobilize leaders and be a stronger voice together. Rather than being a “new” organization – AEL creates a forum for all of us to work together.

Send a letter of commitment or a resolution of affiliation to our e-mail (  Sample letter below.

When the Board of Supervisors say: “Who is in this Alliance?” we can then identify our members.

There’s power in numbers.  Together we’re a stronger voice.  Join us today!

Leslie Warren, Acting Chair of Alliance for Environmental Leadership

Consider donating to our AEL Defense Fund to provide the dollars we need to hire consultants and lawyers to fight to protect our rural environment here in the foothills.  Click here to become an AEL DONOR.  Please add “Alliance for Environmental Leadership” in the Comment field below your donation amount.  Thank you!