DENVER, CO – Representative Dominique Jackson was awarded the Leon G. Billings Environmental Achievement Award by the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL). The award was announced at NCEL’s eighth annual National Forum, which took place online July 29-30.
“This year, we fought hard to ensure that Colorado continues to lead the nation on a host of critical environmental efforts, and it’s an absolute honor to be recognized by NCEL for this work,” said Representative Dominique Jackson, D-Aurora. “This year, we worked to protect our air, land, and water, and fought to give communities impacted by pollution a seat at the table where decisions are being made about their future. Environmental justice was my top priority this session, and I’m proud to see national leaders like NCEL supporting these efforts.”
NCEL annually presents its Environmental Achievement Award to state legislators in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments on environmental issues. Criteria includes bipartisan support for awardee’s legislation and the impact of policies that they passed.
Representative Dominique Jackson was selected for the award by the NCEL Board of Directors, most of whom are state legislators. She is recognized for ensuring environmental justice considerations and communities disproportionately impacted by pollution were centered in various pieces of climate legislation in the Colorado legislature this year.
“As an active NCEL member, Representative Jackson always works to ensure that equity is central to the environmental policies she champions,” said NCEL Executive Director Jeff Mauk. “Throughout her time in the legislature, Representative Jackson has led with her passion for undoing the systemic inequities that have resulted in environmental injustices, leading by example for her colleagues across the country.”
The NCEL Board of Directors named the Environmental Achievement Award as a memorial to the organization’s founder, former Maryland Delegate Leon G. Billings, who first organized NCEL in 1996. Created by and for state legislators, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that organizes over 1,000 environmentally-committed state legislators from all 50 states and both parties.