Rabb receives national recognition for his environmental leadership

HARRISBURG, Aug. 7 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today announced that he was presented with the annual Rising Environmental Leader Award by the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators at the sixth annual National Forum in Nashville, TN, this week.

Each year, the NCEL recognizes state lawmakers for their outstanding accomplishments on environmental issues. The Rising Environmental Leader Award goes to members of the caucus who demonstrate strong leadership on environmental issues early in their legislative careers.

Following his election in 2016, Rabb immediately became an active and engaged participant in NCEL. He continues to lead efforts to establish a carbon price and transition to 100% renewable energy in Pennsylvania. He also has introduced legislation as part of the Zero Waste PA package to reduce plastic and other pollutants in the state. He works to combine environmental and social justice issues.

“What good is it to humanity that we have a greener planet if only some benefit from inequitable environmental stewardship,” Rabb said. “This is why my advocacy in this space is so deeply rooted in social justice.”

Following his recognition for efforts on environmental issues, Rabb also joined the NCEL Board of Directors. NCEL’s board has 14 members and is comprised of a majority of sitting legislators.

NCEL Executive Director Jeff Mauk highlighted how leaders such as Rabb are how the caucus continues to strengthen each year.

“Representative Rabb embodies what we hope for in the caucus,” Mauk said. “This year he has displayed an eagerness to push for progressive environmental legislation and engage with his legislative colleagues across the country. We look forward to watching him continue to grow in the Pennsylvania legislature and seeing the lessons he shares with other legislators across the country.”

Created by and for state legislators, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that organizes more than 1,000 environmentally committed state legislators from all 50 states and both parties. NCEL provides venues and opportunities for lawmakers to share ideas and collaborate on environmental issues.