Senator Leyva Honored with “Green Leadership Award” by California Environmental Advocacy Groups

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

SACRAMENTO – At the conclusion of the successful Green California Advocacy Day today, Green California honored Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) with the 2017 “Green Leadership Award” for her dedication to increasing environmental justice considerations on behalf of impacted residents and communities.

“I am so honored to receive this ‘Green Leadership Award’ from this active and dedicated network of environmental and environmental justice leaders that fight with heart and persistence to improve the health and quality of life for residents across the Inland Empire and California,” Senator Leyva said.  “Since I was sworn into the State Senate in 2014, I have been proud to have a very strong voting record in support of the environment, healthy communities, clean air, and safe water.  All Californians—including those living in rural or disadvantaged communities—deserve to live in areas free from air pollution or other dangerous toxins in the air and water.  I look forward to continue fighting alongside Green California, the California League of Conservation Voters, and the many other organizations and people committed to ensuring a safer and cleaner California.”

Last year, Senator Leyva authored, and Governor Jerry Brown signed, three bills that advance California’s environmental protections for residents and communities:

  • SB 970 (Helps California meet its ambitious goals aimed at reducing waste and improving air quality across the state)
  • SB 1000 (Lessens the impact of pollution and other environmental contaminants on residents in disadvantaged communities)
  • SB 1398 (Protects local communities from lead contaminated water)

Senator Leyva has also led efforts to ensure clean drinking water in schools, increase accountability and transparency within the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and make California’s shared solar program affordable for low-income customers and encourage solar development in disadvantaged communities.

“Senator Connie Leyva has been a tireless champion leading the fight for environmental justice in Sacramento,” said Sarah Rose, CEO of the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.  “Thanks to her successful legislation, counties and local governments will include considerations for environmental justice in their long term planning. We look forward to continuing to work alongside her for better air quality to improve the health of our most impacted communities.”

Green California, facilitated by the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, is a network of more than one hundred organizations that plan, strategize, and work collaboratively in order to speak to the legislature and regulatory agencies with a unified voice on issues impacting California’s air, water, and natural resources.