Local legislators earn environmental awards

Apr. 28, 2014 @ 06:54 PM

State Rep. Nathan Baskerville and state Sen. Angela Bryant will receive Green Tie Awards by the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters for their work in championing environmental issues.

Baskerville was designated a 2014 Rising Star. He was one of nine members of the legislature who were recognized as “new voices at the General Assembly who make the environment one of the issues they champion as they move into leadership positions,” according to a press release.

Baskerville represents state House District 32, which includes Vance and Warren counties and part of Granville County.

Bryant was named 2014 Senator of the Year. The citation describes her “consistent ability to prioritize protecting our environment when making hard decisions, her long-time and effective willingness to engage with the environmental community, and providing real leadership over the years on key issues at the intersection of environment and social justice,” according to the release.

Bryant represents Senate District 4, which includes Vance, Warren and Halifax counties and portions of Nash and Wilson counties.

Dan Crawford, director of governmental relations for the league, said the organization keeps a scorecard on members of the legislature based on their positions on environmental issues. Bryant and Baskerville each had a 100 percent score. Bryant specifically has a history of fighting bad legislation.

“That definitely piqued our interest,” he said.

Crawford said the organization’s staff looks at the legislators’ scores and also examines their overall records to determine who most deserves the awards. They then pass on their recommendations to the board, which makes the final selections.

Official presentation of these and other awards will take place May 27 at the League of Conservation Voters’ annual Green Tie Awards dinner in Raleigh. U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan will be the keynote speaker.

The annual event is attended by business, environmental and political leaders from all areas of the state.

The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters is a statewide lobbying organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the natural environment of the state.

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