Environmental stewardship is very important to District 59 constituents and me. Several of our local colleges and schools take protecting the environment very seriously including the College of Lake County and Stevenson High School. I have an active Environmental Citizens Advisory Committee, I am Vice Chair of the Environment Committee, an active member of the Green Caucus in Springfield, and endorsed annually by the Sierra Club. I sponsored and passed numerous environmental bills including preferred state contracts for products with recycled content and requiring a Homeowners Association to decide if they allow solar, wind, and composting, then to create a policy within 120 days of a residents' request. I have a passion for growing green jobs (and support the current Clean Jobs Bill), increasing our reliance on green energy, and recycling. I proudly drive a hybrid car, owned an environmentally responsible architectural firm, and started Environmental Stewardship initiatives when Vice President of the Vernon Hills Park District.