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Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make the 2022 Environmental Summit a success! Over 70 people attended the Summit September 24 and 25 at the WVU Natural Resource Center in Morgantown. Our goal for the Summit was to bring together environmental groups from across the state to discuss the future of the environmental movement in West Virginia as well as strategize for the upcoming 2023 Legislative Session.
Day 1 included our Keynote Address delivered by Mary Anne Hitt, Senior Director of Climate Imperative and former Director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. We also had a panel discussion on what WV environment looks like with a focus on environmental justice, youth activism, and sustainable businesses. Watch the replay here.
Day 2 was our legislative strategy day. We categorized our top legislative priorities for the upcoming 2023 legislative session into tier one and tier two priorities. Our tier one priorities are one, to advocate for the passage of a Community Solar bill, and two, to defeat the Aboveground Storage Tank Act should it be reintroduced for a 3rd time.
Our tier two priorities include advocating to pass the Safe Drinking Water Act and monitoring public lands bills that may be introduced to allow for the use of ORV’s in WV state parks and forests.
Missed the Summit and want to learn more? On November 21st at 5pm we will host a virtual post-Summit follow-up meeting to further discuss and strategize for the upcoming 2023 legislative session. If you are interested in participating, email email@example.com.