Jared Huffman Brings Sober but Optimistic Message to Sell-out Annual Dinner

More than 130 attended MCL’s sold-out annual Dinner on April 19th at the Key Room at Homeward Bound to hear Congressman Jared Huffman’s keynote remarks on the challenges of being a freshman Democrat in a Republican-controlled House. He hopes to be effective in pursuit of an environmental agenda as a minority member of the House Committee on Natural Resources by focusing on legislation such as land conservation, where there is a hope of bipartisan support.

At the same time, he needs to play defense against daily attacks on major environmental statutes that for decades have protected our air, water, wetlands, endangered species and the national environment. Such is the reality of the current congress.  His avowed opposition to the Keystone Pipeline got a round of applause, as did his account of legislative initiatives to hold “fracking” to the same standards as regulate other surface waters under the Clean Water Act.

The evening’s gathering was adjourned by incoming 2013-2014 President David Schnapf.

At the Dinner MCL recognized five individuals and organizations for their outstanding environmental achievements and volunteer efforts. The 2013 Awards for Environmental Achievement are:

The Peter Behr Lifetime Achievement Award

Bob Berner, for his work as Executive Director of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust which, under his leadership, has preserved almost 45,000 acres of West Marin land and serves as a model of agricultural land preservation for the country.

Marin Green Award for Environmental Leadership

Marge Macris, to acknowledge her diligent stewardship of the fourth edition of “Community Marin 2013” and her unswerving commitment to environmentally sound planning principles.

Ted Wellman Water Award

PRBO Conservation Science, for its exceptional work restoring streams and analyzing impacts of global warming and sea level rise for public agencies.

John M. McPhail, Jr. Green Business Award

Tamalpais Community Services District, an outstanding model of a local agency committed to environmental sustainability and community strength.

Volunteer Award

Barbara Ford


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