Today, Lois Frankel's campaign for Congress announced the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies.
"LCV Action Fund is proud to endorse Lois Frankel for Congress in Florida's 22nd district because of her record as a leader fighting to reduce carbon pollution, safeguard public health, and create jobs in Florida," said Gene Karpinski, President of the LCV Action Fund. "As Mayor of West Palm Beach, Frankel helped revitalize a city that advanced Florida's clean energy economy and protected clean air and clean water. Frankel will always invest in the people of Florida instead of taxpayer-handouts for Big Oil polluters -- she's the only candidate in this race who will fight for a cleaner, safer, and more secure future for Florida."
"I am proud to have the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, a strong champion for clean water, clean air, and healthier communities," said Lois Frankel. "In Congress, I will always vote for a clean, safe environment, and stand up against those who want to remove safeguards that stop companies from polluting our environment."
As the mayor of West Palm Beach, Frankel made environmental issues a priority. In 2007, she was among the first of one thousand mayors who signed the Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement, which calls for reduction in carbon emissions by 7% below 1990 levels by 2012.
During Frankel's time as mayor, the city created a department of sustainability and built its first LEED certifiable public buildings, awarded to buildings that meet high standards of energy efficiency and water savings. She successfully opposed the expansion of a road that would have threatened the city's water supply and wetlands. Frankel also supported planning that encouraged walking, increased the number of bike lanes, and improved free downtown public transportation.
In the state legislature, Frankel voted to begin restoration and protection of the Everglades, as well as to increase funding for their preservation. She also voted for the restoration of Lake Apopka and to clean up Florida's lakes, rivers, and coastal areas.