WESTON, Conn. – State Rep. John Shaban (R-135) recently spoke at the 15th annual Environment Summit hosted by the nonprofit organization Connecticut League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.
This annual event provides environmental and municipal leaders, state legislators and administration officials an opportunity to come together, share information and collaborate on environmental priorities for the next legislative session. This year, summit discussions centered largely on topics concerning water quality, urban community engagement and land conservation.
In particular, the deliberations touched upon climate change, municipal open space funding, pesticide use, plastic bags, solar power, mining, farmland, wildlife protection and invasive plants or animals.
Shaban, who represents Easton, Redding and Weston in the State House, noted how the environment long has been a central concern to a majority of Connecticut residents and expressed optimism sound environment stewardship will again be a prime focus in the upcoming legislative session.
As an experienced attorney with an environmental law degree and practice, Shaban said he expects continuing work on targeted recycling programs for batteries and tires as part of the trend to create practical extended producer responsibility models.
“It has worked before and will work again,” said the ranking member of the Legislature’s Environment Committee. “My job is to explain to people what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s a step in the right direction given the limited funds we have to work with.”
Shaban has advocated for and supported initiatives such as improved brownfield remediation, strengthening Connecticut’s shoreline, the Long Island Sound Blue Plan, GMO food labeling, and combating the spread of Lyme disease.