On October 23, 2009, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh attended the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) Northeastern States Climate Change Forum. The event was held in Boston, Massachusetts.
At the forum, Kavanagh joined roundtable discussions of greenhouse gas reduction initiatives – including efforts to cap emissions like the program created in New York by an executive order issued by Governor David Paterson earlier this year – and other topics in climate change policy and strategies for cooperation among the states. Kavanagh and the assembled state legislators also heard presentations by several conference participants: Jim O’Reilly of the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership on emissions in the building sector, Sue Reid of the Conservation Law Foundation and Conrad Schneider of the Clean Air Task Force on emissions and transportation, and State Senators Ginny Lyons of Vermont and Joshua Miller of Rhode Island on renewable energy.
The NCEL was founded in 1996 to provide environmentally progressive lawmakers a forum to coordinate ideas and strategies for national environmental policy. The NCEL is a non-profit organization that meets three times a year, and is comprised of members of state legislatures who have been invited to join the Caucus based on their commitment to environmentally progressive legislation.