Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) presented State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) with an Environmental Champion Award for her leadership and commitment to protecting Connecticut’s environment and public health, at the organization’s 2019 Environmental Champion Awards on Tuesday evening, Oct. 22. Also recognized was State Rep. Geraldo Reyes (D-75).

A press release issued by the organization noted that “CCE is proud to recognize policymakers, local businesses and non-profits working to improve our environment, and we congratulate this year’s award recipients.”

Louis Rosado Burch, CCE’s Connecticut Program Director, said “CCE is honored to present our 2019 Environmental Champion Awards to Rep. Gail Lavielle and Rep. Geraldo Reyes. These lawmakers have demonstrated a genuine passion for Connecticut’s environment, and a steadfast commitment to supporting policies that protect our health and our natural resources. CCE is proud to recognize these lawmakers for their commitment to a clean and healthy environment, and we are eager to stand alongside our allies in Connecticut as we recognize our 2019 Environmental Champions.”

According to CCE’s release, “Lavielle has proven herself to be a leader among the House Republican caucus on water protection issues, including passage of the State Water Plan, banning toxic fracking waste in Connecticut, and protecting the Norwalk River.

“I’ve always made environmental stewardship a priority; it’s essential not only to preserving Connecticut’s unique character and landscape, but also to its quality of life and economic viability,” says Lavielle. “I consider environmental stewardship an important component of fiscal responsibility, an objective that should underpin everything we do. Water is not only an essential resource, but also a scarce one, and it’s our obligation to protect it.”

Pictured above (L-R):  Louis Rosado Burch, CCE’s CT program director; State Rep. Gail Lavielle; and Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment