CHICAGO – State Senator Sara Feigenholtz was presented with the Illinois Environmental Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday in recognition of her steadfast environmental advocacy and career-long legislative accomplishments.
“Residents of the 6th District have and will always be passionate when it comes to protecting our air and water,” said Feigenholtz (D-Chicago). “We will continue to incentivize clean and renewable energy, hold polluters accountable and pass laws for future generations.”
During her time in the General Assembly, Feigenholtz has championed and supported innovative environmental legislation. While in the House, she led a measure that lays out environmental responsibility and governance requirements for B Corporation-certified companies. She worked to bring back Chicago’s four vehicle emissions testing sites that were shuttered in 2016, passing legislation requiring the Illinois EPA to reinstate the sites.
This year, Feigenholtz passed Senate Bill 40, the Electric Vehicle Charging Act, for Illinois residents to have “the right to charge” their electric vehicles. The legislation laid the foundation for EV charging capability at residential properties across the state.
“Although I am honored to receive this prestigious award, working alongside this stellar group is the true reward,” said Feigenholtz. “Witnessing the IEC’s growth and success in advancing positive public policy for the environment across Illinois has been an honor of a lifetime.”
IEC’s Environmental Leadership Awards are presented each year to community, government and business leaders who demonstrate a commitment to addressing the nation’s most pressing environmental issues. Also recognized at the ceremony for their achievements were State Senator Ram Villivalam and Chicago Chief Sustainability Officer Angela Tovar.
For more information about the Illinois Environmental Council, visit ilenviro.org.