Wieckowski caps week highlighting environmental leadership

September 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Speaking at a series of events affiliated with the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco this week, Senator Bob Wieckowski, chair of the California Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee, highlighted important steps the Golden State is taking to work with local districts to improve air quality, cut greenhouse gas emissions tied to moving, treating and delivering water, address sea level rise, base policies on sound science, and construct climate smart buildings.

Wieckowski will cap the week by chairing a Council of State Governments West Energy and Environment Committee meeting today in Utah that takes an in-depth look at how western states are impacted by the cleanup costs of Superfund sites. 

“By hosting the Global Climate Action Summit, California is once again exercising its leadership on climate change and partnering with nations, states and other sub-national bodies to step up the ambition and take more aggressive action to reduce global warming,” Wieckowski said.  “We are having a dialogue with like-minded representatives from around the world, exchanging ideas and expanding partnerships that demonstrate our collective resolve to fight climate change and to move forward in the clear absence of leadership from Washington. The Council of State Governments West meeting is also an example of the need to work across state lines to find solutions to the common problems we face on cleaning up polluted sites.”

Wieckowski, who also chairs the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee’s Subcommittee 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation, outlined key investments the state is making from in low carbon transportation and community air protection from its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund during an event held by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.  

He also spoke at events held by the DiCaprio Foundation and Resilient By Design; the California Council on Science and Technology; organizations supporting carbon smart building; and The Climate Registry.

“Hearing from so many international, state and local leaders implementing critical policies and programs to adapt to the challenges of climate change is inspiring and provides hope that we may have a shot at reaching the ambitious goals set by the Paris Accord if we keep ratcheting up our efforts,” Wieckowski said.  “I look forward to other important discussions at this December’s United Nations’ climate talks in Poland.”

Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District, which includes parts of southern Alameda and Santa Clara counties.