New steering committee will tackle climate goals for state up to 2050
April 22, 2015
Sarah Ganong (203) 787 0646 ext. 128
New Haven, Conn.—Connecticut Fund for the Environment is excited to announce the appointment of its president, Donald S. Strait, to the Governor’s Council on Climate Change. Announced this morning in an executive order by Governor Malloy, the Council will focus on the development of strategies to achieve the goals of the Global Warming Solutions Act by 2050, along with interim goals.
“This Earth Day we applaud Governor Malloy and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for reaffirming Connecticut’s commitment to tackling climate change right here at home,” said Donald Strait, president of Connecticut Fund for the Environment. “Today’s announcement indicates that the state is on track to meet the 2020 goals of the Global Warming Solutions Act. I’m honored to serve on the Governor’s Council and look forward to the collaborative development of the next chapter in Connecticut’s climate action plan.”
In 2008, CFE advocated for and helped pass the Global Warming Solutions Act, a law that puts the state among only a handful of others (California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey) that have committed to concrete carbon reductions on a specific timeline. The GWSA requires the state to reduce its total greenhouse gas emissions to at least 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, and to at least 80 percent below 2001 levels by 2050.