The Institute for Technology and Society at Sacramento State College held a symposium on the preparation of Environmental Assessment Statements on June 14 and 15, 1971. The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the California Environmental Quality Act of 1970 both require that the environmental impact of major governmental actions be analyzed and considered before public funding of projects is approved.

To comply with this requirement for Environmental Assessment Statements, agencies must determine the scope and depth of the statement. Questions confronting agencies include what is the impact of a project on water quality, runoff, wildlife, air quality, noise levels, waste disposal practices, land use, urbanization, agriculture, health, well-being, employment, and the economy of a region. The symposium was conceived to provide an opportunity for interested persons, agencies, and educational institutions to meet and express their concepts of what should be contained in and accomplished by Environmental Assessment Statements.