November 12, 2014
Contact: Jenesse Miller, CLCV – 510.844.0235
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (November 12, 2015) – The California League of Conservation Voters—the nonpartisan political action arm of California’s environmental movement—will honor three of California’s leading environmental champions at its annual Environmental Leadership Awards tonight at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.
“CLCV is proud to honor these inspiring environmental leaders for their leadership on environmental protection and justice in California and their dedication to protecting the health of all of our families and communities,” said CLCV chief executive officer Sarah Rose.
David Allgood is the recently-retired Political Director of the California League of Conservation Voters; for more than 25 years, David has played a leading role in CLCV’s core work of electing environmental champions.
East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ) works for a safe and healthy environment for communities that are disproportionately suffering the negative impacts of industrial pollution.
State Senator Fran Pavley is one of the greatest environmental champions in state history, and receives CLCV’s Byron Sher Lifetime Achievement Award. Her work has effected change on a national and global scale – including her authorship of Assembly Bill 1493, which became the model for national vehicle emissions standards, and Assembly Bill 32, the nation’s first cap on greenhouse gas pollution.
“CLCV and its outstanding staff and supporters have been with me and played an integral role in the fight to pass landmark climate change legislation since 2001," Pavley noted. “To receive an award named for Byron Sher is a high honor, for I had the good fortune of serving with him in the Legislature for several years, and Byron Sher was and remains an unparalleled champion of the environment.”
“When we reflect on the legacy this generation of Californians must leave for coming generations, nothing is more important than preserving for them the natural blessings of California: clean air, clean water, a pristine ocean and the unspoiled open spaces that mark this state as golden. Preserving these treasures has always been a priority in my years of public service, and I am humbled by this recognition that together we have made progress in that cause," Pavley said.
"We are excited to be honored by such a respected statewide organization,” said mark! Lopez, Executive Director of EYCEJ. “Our grassroots community building over the last 14 years has resulted in victories that protect the health and well-being of some of California's most over-burdened and vulnerable communities. Our fight is getting stronger and connecting with CLCV is critical to ensuring Sacramento hears us."
“In my 25 years with CLCV, we helped pass and defend cutting edge environmental laws that give hope for a sustainable future,” said Allgood. “CLCV has helped elect environmental champions that made protecting California and its people their focus. We campaigned in rich communities and poor ones, in communities that represent the rich ethnic and racial diversity of California. The work we do is as important today as it was when I first started at CLCV back in 1990, knocking on doors and talking to voters about environmental issues that matter most to them. I leave with a sense of accomplishments beyond my expectations – but knowing also that there is so much left to do.”
“It is because of the work of champions like our outstanding honorees that our broad and diverse environmental family can take on tough environmental challenges, and we can win against tremendous odds,” said Rose. “It’s thanks to them that California leads the nation on climate, clean energy, and clean air solutions. But to continue our progress, we must elect champions in the coming 2016 elections with the heart, brains, and resolve to pass the laws that keep us leading the way.”
More information about the event can be found online at http://www.ecovote.org/awards.
About the California League of Conservation Voters:
The political muscle of the environmental movement in America’s leading environmental state, the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) is the nation’s oldest grassroots environmental political action organization. CLCV uses sophisticated campaign tools to help elect pro-environment officials – and to hold them accountable for passing legislation to protect health, communities and the environment. CLCV publishes the annual California Environmental Scorecard, which rates the actions of every state legislator and the governor on the state’s environmental priorities each legislative year. For more information visit www.ecovote.org.