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May 11, 2011

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SACRAMENTO – State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) was recognized as an Environmental Champion by Green California Tuesday night during its Advocacy Day reception in the capital.

Green California is a network of more than 70 environmental, health and justice organizations (including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the California League of Conservation Voters, and Environment California) who, with their more than 1 million memberships, support the state’s most pressing environmental issues.

The organization noted Simitian’s near perfect record in its annual Environmental Scorecard and specifically commended his authorship of California’s recently adopted landmark Renewable Energy law (Senate Bill 2X), which requires that the state receive 33% of its energy from renewable resources by 2020.

“I’m gratified to be recognized in this way,” Simitian said. “Even in a difficult year, we have continued to move meaningful environmental policy forward, helping our environment and our economy.”

Simitian is serving his sixth year as Chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. In addition to his work on renewable energy, Simitian’s environmental efforts have focused on coastal protection, green chemistry and water quality and supply.

Simitian was one of four members of the Senate honored during the Green California event. Also honored were Senators Ellen Corbett, Mark Leno and Fran Pavley.

For more information on Senator Simitian’s environmental legislation throughout his time in the Legislature, visit