Champion for clean energy

October 17, 2018

This week the state's leading environmental watchdog group, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) released their legislative scorecard and as a member of the legislature’s Environment Committee, I am happy to report that I earned one of the highest percentage ratings!

My score represents my commitment to keeping our environment clean and healthy.

You can view this year's scorecard here.

The League works to pass pro-environment laws, elect pro-environment candidates and hold all elected officials accountable.
Some key legislation that I supported this past session includes:

  • A Referendum to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot to protect public lands
  • Timely reporting of unanticipated sewage spills
  • Climate Change Planning and Resiliency requiring the state to reduce emissions to 45% below the 2001 level by 2030 and calling for towns to be proactive ensuring they are prepared to protect people and property against the effects of sea level rise.
  • Expansion of towns’ ability to use renewables
  • Restoration of $10 million to help homeowners make energy efficiency upgrades

In addition, as communicated before, I am proud to have brought PaintCare – the first paint recycle program, to West Haven and pleased to have helped secure $3.9 million in state funds for new tide gates at the mouth of the Cover River. And I am working on bringing offshore wind power to our state as I continue focusing on long term plans for a healthy and safer environment.

It is also important to mention, the great work of local students and activists around West Haven whom I've been partnering with cleaning up our town, learning about agriculture with hands-on experiments and participating at environmental lectures and programs.

Ensuring that our future generations enjoy a better Connecticut is one of my top priorities. Protecting our environment is a responsibility that we all share and must take seriously. Having clean air, land and water makes Connecticut a more desirable place to live and work.

I look forward to tackling more environmental issues next session.