VA Sierra Club Honors Del. Toscano for Energy Initiatives
Del. David Toscano receives Energy Freedom Award at his Charlottesville office
The Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club is honoring Charlottesville Delegate David Toscano Monday for his work on energy. The group presented Toscano with the 2013 Energy Freedom Award at his Charlottesville office.
Toscano says he hopes his recent initiatives in the General Assembly will open the door for alternative sources of energy.
"I've had a number of bills over the last few years that will give people more options and more choices, and over time I hope they'll have greater use of solar wind and renewables and less dependency on coal related generation of energy," said Toscano.
The Sierra Club also acknowledged Toscano for his support of the ban on uranium mining in the commonwealth.
Virginia Chapter of
the Sierra Club
Richmond, VA -- For the first time, the Virginia
Chapter of the Sierra Club voted to recognize members of the General Assembly
with awards lauding their work in the Legislature. The Chapter's Legislative
Committee voted unanimously to honor Delegate David Toscano (D-57) with the
2013 Energy Freedom Award to recognize his work on energy policy.
On receiving his award
Delegate Toscano offered the following quote,"I am honored to
receive this award from an organization which focuses on protecting the
environment for future generations. They take seriously the language of Article
XI of the Virginia Constitution, that it is the Commonwealth's policy to
protect ‘its atmosphere, lands, and water from pollution, impairment, or
The House Minority
Leader from Charlottesville reached across party lines to co-patron an
environmentally friendly bill with Delegate Minchew allowing the electricity
from a single solar, wind or digester gas facility to be attributed to two or
more electric meters as long as they are on contiguous property with a single
owner. For example, a farmhouse, barn and other out-building can all share the
benefits of a single solar panel installation. The law went into effect July 1,
The Sierra Club also
commends Delegate Toscano for his strong support of maintaining the ban on
uranium mining in Virginia.
leads the House of Delegates with his vision for Virginia to begin the
transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. We appreciate his consistent
support for legislation that promotes energy efficiency and clean, renewable
energy. In the past, he has also worked with the Sierra Club to pass
legislation encouraging public schools to implement Integrated
Pest Management strategies to reduce our children's exposure to toxic
chemicals. Delegate Toscano is breaking ground in Virginia to protect the
health of our planet, and the health of our kids," said John Cruickshank, Chair of the
Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club.
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