Protecting the environment is a top priority for Representative Nekritz. Her recent legislative initiatives are aimed at reducing the use of potentially toxic chemicals and promoting clean air. In 2006, Representative Nekritz passed a bill which implemented a 10 minute limit on the amount of time certain diesel powered vehicles can idle. The legislation will reduce diesel emissions, which produce soot and have been linked to asthma and lung cancer. Currently, Representative Nekritz is the House sponsor of a comprehensive proposal to address global warming. The legislation sets aggressive goals for Illinois to reduce carbon emissions and establishes the mechanisms to achieve those goals. These include reducing automobile emissions, requiring energy efficient appliances and calling for energy efficient buildings. She is also working on legislation to limit lead and other toxic chemicals in children's products while also requiring manufacturers to disclose the use of chemicals in toys and other consumer items intended for children. Since taking office in 2003, the Illinois Environmental Council has recognized Representative Nekritz each year for a 100% environmental voting record.