For the first time since its inception in 1998, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) has chosen to endorse in a gubernatorial race. After interviewing both candidates, Governor Dannel P. Malloy has earned the CTLCV’s endorsement as a strong leader on protection of Connecticut’s environment.
“It is not often that you have such a solid record for a candidate in making these decisions. Governor Malloy’s record has been exemplary,” said Lori Brown, CTLCV Executive Director.
In his first term, Governor Malloy’s record includes major investments in the Clean Water Fund, helping to ensure water quality by upgrading sewage treatment plants that impact rivers and Long Island Sound. Malloy has also been a leader in supporting the passage of a long overdue statewide water plan, as well as committing to support a Long Island Sound “Blue Plan” to best manage that critical resource.
Malloy’s administration has put its mark on protecting open space as well, most notably by the protection of major tracts of environmentally significant properties, including the rare coastal forest known as “The Preserve”, and another major property known as “Seaside.” Both were in peril of losing their natural resources and would have been lost to the public forever if the state had not stepped in.
Malloy has continued to fund open space acquisitions across the state. He has made sure that the Community Investment Act remained intact as a critical source of funding to help towns preserve open space, farmland and Connecticut’s historical structures.
Another major environmental effort in his first term as Governor was to consolidate several governmental entities into the new Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
“This was a creative solution to some of our environmental problems in Connecticut and which moved the bar forward dramatically. By connecting energy and the environment, he made an important statement about relationship between these two critical issues,” said Brown.
The League is enthusiastic about Malloy’s environmental agenda, announced last week, which addresses some of the big environmental issues in Connecticut:
1) Long Island Sound and Water Protection: a new Long Island Sound Stewardship Fund, green infrastructure planning and reducing polluted runoff;
2) Open Space: increase in funding by 50% ($5 to $7.5 million) and a local trailway fund in urban/suburban areas
3) Energy: residential solar incentives, support for “microgrids,” and capitalizing the “Green Bank”
“Our bipartisan board was unanimous in voting for the Governor’s endorsement,” according to David Bingham, Co-Chair of the CTLCV.
“Having a Governor in office with clear environmental goals and the same core environmental values of the citizens of this state is exactly what we are looking for in our elected officials. If you care about clean water, land, air, wildlife, transportation and energy issues, you should support the pro-environment candidate on November 4th,” said Bingham. “Malloy worked to protect Connecticut’s most valuable asset, the environment, and he will see to it going forward with vision and foresight.”