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VA Sierra Club Honors Del. Toscano for Energy Initiatives

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Del. David Toscano receives Energy Freedom Award at his Charlottesville office 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
Press Release

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 destruction'".

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, 2013.

The Sierra Club also commends Delegate Toscano for his strong support of maintaining the ban on uranium mining in Virginia.

"Delegate Toscano 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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