Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese has been appointed by Speaker Craig Coughlin as the newest member of the Environment and Solid Waste Committee.
During his time in the Assembly, Calabrese has sponsored a number of bills aiming to protect the environment and promote environmental conscientiousness throughout New Jersey. One such measure signed into law during the 2018-2019 legislative session directed the Department of Agriculture to establish a public awareness campaign about food waste, encouraging residents to donate or compost their unused food.
Environmental legislation he currently sponsors along with his legislative colleagues include:
- a bill requiring electric power sold in the state to be from zero-carbon sources within the next three decades;
- a measure to prohibit the disposal, storage or release of byproducts and waste from natural gas exploration and ‘fracking’ within the state;
- bills restricting certain harmful pesticides, and more.
The Assemblyman has also taken an active role in opposing ventures that could increase pollution and harm residents while endorsing calls for a moratorium on fossil fuel projects.
In regards to his new committee role, Assemblyman Calabrese (D-Bergen, Passaic) released the following statement:
“I am excited to join my fellow colleagues on the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee as we consider bills that will preserve, protect and ultimately help our environment thrive. I know just how important this work will be at a time when our state faces impending crises brought about by climate change.
“The environment is and always has been something I am greatly passionate about. One of our greatest priorities must be to preserve nature and leave a better world for the next generation.
“I look forward to working under the leadership of Chairman Kennedy and Vice-Chairman Tully to advance legislation that can enact meaningful environmental change on behalf of current and future New Jersey residents.”