Gerry Connolly has always been a leader when it comes to the environment. As Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, he set aside 10% of the county as protected parkland and launched the nationwide Cool Counties initiative, encouraging other local governments to reduce their carbon footprint. He also drafted Fairfax County’s first comprehensive environmental plan. In Congress, he is a co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus, where he helps lead the fight to protect the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and other vital environmental and public health protections.
Connolly has supported legislation to reduce global warming and strengthen regulations for offshore oil drilling. He introduced legislation to require oil companies to pay the full cost of their oil spill cleanups. He believes we should especially focus on developing clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar. Connolly has worked with Republicans and Democrats to more than double Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration funding while advancing a comprehensive effort to protect and restore the Bay. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his environmental work from organizations like the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Coalition for Smart Growth.