Many of you indicated in last week’s survey that safe, clean environments and local foods issues were critical concerns.
While we do provide information on those issues, there are a number of groups here in West Virginia that will keep you up-to-date on everything that is happening with policy in these areas. Bookmark their websites and sign up for their newsletters to be in-the-know on both of these issues.
Groups Covering Environmental Policy
The WV Environmental Council (E-Council) serves as a caucus for environmental groups during the legislative session. Their newsletter is an excellent source of information on environmental bills and provides in-depth analysis of the most important environmental policies. Each year, the E-Council has at least three full-time lobbyists working to promote the interests of the environmental community during the legislative session.
The WV Citizens Action Group (CAG) works on a number of issues, including strengthening citizen participation in democracy in West Virginia. They consistently follow and advocate on environmental issues during the legislative session and have a number of lobbyists who work at the Capitol each year to promote these interests.
Energy Efficient West Virginia is a newer environmental organization but has consistently been a strong source of information relating to energy and environment issues, including utility policies and rate hikes. They often work in close partnership with the E-Council and CAG.
WV Rivers Coalition was a very public presence last year as the Legislature responding to the chemical spill. They provide excellent resources, including fact sheets and talking points on legislative issues related to rivers and waterways. They also put out an annual legislative agenda.
Groups Covering Food Issues
Our friends at the WV Food and Farm Coalition have grown their policy program over the past two years and become a leading organization in the state on issues relating to food policy and advocacy. Their monthly newsletter is an excellent source of information on food issues, including policy and much more.
Similarly, the WV Farmers Market Association is an important resource on issues relating to farmers market vendors, managers and consumers. They work on policy issues that specifically impact farmers markets and have a comprehensive monthly newsletter that is worth following.