SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) recently released its Environmental Scorecard honoring state Rep. Terra Costa Howard, D-Glen Ellyn, for her perfect voting record on legislation affecting the environment during the 2019 legislative session.
“In my first term as a state legislator, I have made it a priority to find effective ways to address climate change and safeguard the quality of Illinois’ air and water,” said Costa Howard. “I am proud to stand with the Illinois Environmental Council, and I will continue advocating for policies that will protect our environment, for ourselves and for future generations.”
As part of her 100% pro-environment voting record, Costa Howard passed legislation creating the Statewide Material Management Advisory Committee, which was signed into law last month. The Advisory Committee, which includes business owners and environmental advocates, will provide recommendations to reduce waste and expand recycling in a manner that will improve public health and environmental quality while encouraging economic development.
“As a small business owner, I understand that it’s on all of us to reduce waste and become more energy-efficient – before it is too late,” said Costa Howard. “I will continue working to create policies that encourage smart economic development while holding big corporations accountable for irresponsible practices that harm our environment and endanger the health of local families.”
The 2019 Environmental Scorecard took 22 legislative measures into consideration, including bills sponsored by Costa Howard to prevent coal ash pollution, expand wind energy production, and prohibit the manufacture and distribution of thermal paper receipts made with toxic bisphenol A (BPA).
“At every opportunity, Rep. Costa Howard voted in the best interest of our environment,” said IEC Executive Director Jen Walling. “Because of her 100% voting record on these 22 key pieces of legislation, IEC considers Rep. Costa Howard an environmental leader in Springfield. We are honored by Rep. Cosa Howard’s dedication to Illinois’ environment, and we look forward to working together in the future.”