Larson Applauds Appointment of Windsor’s Leticia Colón de Mejias to National Environmental Justice Advisory Council
Hartford, CT – Today, U.S. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) applauded the appointment of Windsor’s Leticia Colón de Mejias to the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC).
“As the founder and CEO of Windsor-based small business Energy Efficiencies Solutions and the co-founder of Green ECO Warriors, an environmental education nonprofit, Leticia Colón de Mejias has extensive experience as an innovator and entrepreneur in the field of environmental conservation,” said Larson. “Beyond that, Leticia understands the very real consequences of inaction in the face of climate change. Underserved communities in Connecticut are suffering from the impacts of environmental injustices and she will offer essential insight on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council as the federal government launches historic initiatives to combat climate change.”
"Climate change impacts are creating duress in Connecticut and across our great nation. We are experiencing stronger storms, flooding, heatwaves, as well as increased energy-related air and water pollution. The resulting visible changes to the environment impact our economy and human health through increased asthma rates, heat related illness, and rising energy costs. Climate change is harming and will continue to harm people, their homes, property, businesses, and livelihoods. We have an unprecedented opportunity to support the future of equity in our planning, by ensuring a focus on Environmental Justice and drawing down energy demands through sensible investments in energy efficiency. It is time to make the necessary resilience plans to ensure our energy supplies do more with less. This will protect our energy affordability and protect public health. This conservative approach will allow Connecticut and our nation to meet our necessary life-saving climate commitments while putting Americans to work as part of the climate solution. Through our investments in expanded workforce development and infrastructure upgrades; like improved housing stock and more resilient, safer, buildings; we are creating local career opportunities, putting Americans to work, and drawing down energy burdens. We seek to connect those who have been historically left behind by engaging our youth and communities in the fight for a brighter, more livable tomorrow. This work has never been more important. With the new assurance that the nation is ready to invest in expanded efficiency and a clean energy economy, we need to increase science-based education, and job opportunities in communities that have been historically left behind. We must bring equity to the table on these interconnected matters. Together all things are possible," said Leticia Colón de Mejias.
Established in 1993, NEJAC provides recommendations and advice to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on issues relating to environmental justice. Colón de Mejias was one of ten appointees announced yesterday by the EPA to serve on the Advisory Council. She also serves as Chair of Latino Affairs for the CT Commission Women, Children, Seniors Equity & Opportunity, is a board member of the State of Connecticut Minority Initiative Board and serves as a member of the Equity Commission for the Connecticut Governor’s Council for Climate Change.