Green California Advocacy Day

On August 13, 2013, California’s environmental community completed the most effective Advocacy Day in our history together. CLCV Education Fund met with more legislators and their staff than ever before, voicing the environmental concerns of millions of supporters while standing side-by-side with our partners in the Green California network includes a record 92 partner organizations.

Collaboration is the key to effective advocacy. United by our focus on core issues of the environment, public health and social justice, Green California partners help provide lawmakers with a real sense of the environmental community’s most important priorities. Facilitated by the CLCV Education Fund, Green California empowers CLCV and our partner organizations to make more progress with fewer resources.

On Advocacy Day, every hallway of the Capitol Building in Sacramento echoed with the voices of Green California advocates sharing our collective values with decision-makers. More than 80 members and staff of the State Senate and Assembly opened their doors to engage with us on major priorities, including climate change, protecting the California Environmental Quality Act, improving drinking water quality and access, and keeping our communities safe from exposure to toxic chemicals.

Nothing in politics can compare with face-to-face dialogue. Each one of our 80+ meetings on Green California Advocacy Day featured fully-informed in-person conversations on fundamental issues – and how related decisions facing legislators right now will impact Californians. Several specific bills came up in every meeting, including these Green California priorities:

  • AB 127 (Skinner): Reducing toxic flame retardant chemicals in building insulation
  • AB 145 (Perea): Allowing better integration of the state’s water quality efforts
  • AB 711 (Rendon): Protecting wildlife and the environment from toxic lead in ammunition
  • SB 1 (Steinberg): Authorizing Sustainable Communities Investment areas near public transit and in pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods
  • SB 691 (Hancock): Increasing the penalty ceiling for single-day air pollution violation

At the Reception following Advocacy Day, Green California honored environmental champions in the Legislature by giving Green Leadership Awards to Senator Mark Leno, Assemblymember Toni Atkins, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, and Assemblymember Das Williams, who were joined by many other elected and appointed officials to celebrate our efforts.

Green California Advocacy Day succeeds year after year because our dedicated partners and fellow Californians pitch in, lend a hand, and communicate our shared environmental values to elected officials. Together, we have raised the bar for environmental advocacy in California.

View photos from 2013 Advocacy Day on Flickr.

For more information on Green California, please contact Rebecca Saltzman at rsaltzman@ecovote.org or 510-844-0226.

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