SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Sunnyvale councilmember Nancy Smith has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2019 Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR) federal advocacy committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving air quality, water quality, energy policy, national wetlands policy, noise control and solid and hazardous waste management. The appointment was announced by NLC President Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor, Gary, Indiana.
“Though Sunnyvale has already surpassed the state of California’s greenhouse gas reduction target for 2020, we know we have more to do and learn,” says Smith. “I’m excited to share our experiences with innovative programs like forming a community choice energy authority and launching food waste recycling programs, as well as learn best practices from other leaders.”
As a committee member, Smith will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the administration and at home.
“Our federal advocacy committees help ensure that policymakers in Washington know what’s happening on the ground in our communities – and what is needed from our federal partners,” said Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of Gary, Indiana, and president of the National League of Cities (NLC). “I am proud to have Nancy join NLC’s Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee on behalf of her residents. Together with a team of local leaders from around the country, we will work to solve the most pressing challenges facing our communities.”
The leadership of this year’s committee will consist of Chair Hattie Portis-Jones, Councilmember, Fairburn, Georgia; Vice Chair TJ Cawley, Mayor, Morrisville, North Carolina; and Vice Chair Gerry Horak, Mayor Pro Tem, Fort Collins, Colorado.
For more information on NLC’s federal advocacy committees, visit: www.nlc.org/advocacy/committees.
The seventh largest city in the Bay Area, Sunnyvale is both a center of technology and innovation, and a town of family neighborhoods. Sunnyvale was a leading city in the formation of a community choice energy program, and through multiple sustainability programs, the City is demonstrating that community action is key to making an impact for the environment.
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