On December 4-5, 2009, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh attended a legislative forum with fellow members of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL), held in Chicago, Illinois.
The group heard and discussed presentations from Ross Kanzleiter from Marine Environmental Associates on water treatment, Gary Belan of American Rivers on water pollution, Anne McKibbon of Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance on energy efficiency, Dave Kraft of Nuclear Energy Information Services and Frank Jablonski of Progressive Law & Nuclear Energy Institute on nuclear power, Jeremy Kalin of the Coalition of Legislators for Energy Action Now (CLEAN), Brad Crabtree of Great Plains Institute on climate change policy, Wisconsin State Senator Mark Miller and Mark McDermid of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on their state’s approach to environmental regulation of businesses, Margaret Guerriero of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on solid waste policies, Ontario Member of Parliament Phil McNeely on the province’s Green Energy Act, and Illinois Representative Karen May on her Green Schools legislation.
Kavanagh also had the opportunity to speak with colleagues about various bills pending in New York State and to compare notes on these initiatives and others with legislators from other states.
The NCEL was founded in 1996 to provide environmentally progressive lawmakers a forum to coordinate ideas and strategies for national environmental policy. The NCEL is a non-profit organization comprised of members of state legislatures who have been invited to join the Caucus based on their commitment to environmentally progressive legislation.