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WASHINGTON, DC—The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) presented the first annual John Hunting Winning for the Environment Award to Washington Conservation Voters (WCV), last week during LCV’s Capital Dinner. The award was created to honor LCV Honorary Board Member John Hunting’s legacy of service and expertise in the conservation movement, and to recognize the rising power of the state LCVs and the Winning for the Environment Campaign.
“John Hunting has been a long-time environmental philanthropist, and from early on he had a vision of a robust network of state LCVs. John has always had a deep-seated belief in advancing strong conservation policies at the local level and supporting environmental champions at every level of government, and has for decades inspired the state LCVs to carry out this vision and create a nationwide network of environmental champions at every level of office,” said Ed Zuckerman, Senior Vice President of State Capacity Building.
“It is an honor that LCV created this award, and it shows how committed LCV is to growing the state LCVs. I’ve seen LCV grow from just 9 to more than 30 state LCVs. LCV knows the importance of working at the local level in order to accomplish our federal goals,” said John Hunting, Honorary Board Member of LCV.
Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) was chosen to receive the inaugural John Hunting Winning for the Environment Award for its exemplary leadership in helping to elect Jay Inslee, one of the greenest governors in the country. In 2012, Washington Conservation Voters Action Fund ran its largest independent expenditure campaign, investing more than $750,000 to help elect Inslee. Their cutting-edge program contacted over 875,000 voters by mail, telephone, and online. Additionally, WCV recruited more than 1,000 volunteers from across the state to get involved in the governor’s race. Already, Inslee has enacted policies to promote clean energy and address climate change, including a Climate Action bill that requires Washington State to create a plan to reduce carbon to 1990 levels by 2020.
“On behalf of the Washington Conservation Voters, I want to say thank you to LCV for this award. We could not have elected such a tremendous environmental advocate as Jay Inslee without the support of LCV. LCV knows that it is crucial to have a partnership with the states, because when we win at the state and local level, it helps to drive the national agenda, from California to Alaska, from Michigan to South Carolina. This award is not about the state of Washington, it’s about all of us because the state leagues are the catalyst we need to move our country forward on tackling climate change,” said Brendon Cechovic, Executive Director of the Washington Conservation Voters.