Energy and Environment

The Energy and Environment Program works with state officials from CSG East’s 18 member jurisdictions to provide research, analysis, and share best practices on innovative policies to help states meet their energy and climate goals. The program’s work revolves around the Energy and Environment Committee, which comprises more than 50 state officials from all levels of government. The committee hosts regional summits to exchange ideas for effective legislation and programs, and to foster a cooperative, nonpartisan approach to creating regional strategies to address shared energy and environmental concerns.

Committee Leadership

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Marc Pacheco
Founding Chair and current member, Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Massachusetts
Senator Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton) is Dean of the Massachusetts Senate, and serves as Chair of the Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight; Chair of the Joint Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Management; Vice Chair of the Joint Committee
on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy; Founding Chair and current member of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change; and member of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. Senator Pacheco has been appointed by the Council of State Governments (CSG) as Co-Chair of the Eastern Regional Conference (ERC) Energy & Environment Committee and to the National ‘Future of Work’ Task Force serving as Chair of the Subcommittee on Smart Government. He has also been appointed to the CSG/ERC Territorial Relations Committee and the National Conference of State Legislature (NCSL) Task Force on Energy Supply. Senator Pacheco has been a longtime environmental advocate and an Al Gore Climate Messenger with the Climate Reality Project who has fought hard to implement climate change solutions in the Commonwealth. He was lead sponsor the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008, which was enacted into law to establish an economy-wide cap on greenhouse gas emissions and implement comprehensive sustainable solutions in Massachusetts. Senator Pacheco has received numerous awards from various organizations throughout his career including honors from Environment Massachusetts and the Sustainable Future Campaign - an initiative of the United Nations Youth and Student Association. He has received the Commander of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator, the highest civilian award given by the Portuguese government; the Grand Decoration of Honor in Gold with Star from the Republic of Austria, the fourth highest decoration of merit the country can confer on the federal level; and the Medalha da Ordem de Timor Leste, for his contributions to the U.N. Referendum for East Timor independence. Before his service in the Massachusetts Legislature, Senator Pacheco served for 10 years as an elected member of the Taunton School Committee serving as its chair and as the chief of staff and budget director to the Mayor of the City of Taunton for seven years.
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Committee Roster

Sen. Paul Formica (Connecticut)
Sen. Marc Pacheco (Massachusetts)
ConnecticutMassachusettsNova Scotia Québec
Rep. David Arconti
Rep. Devin Carney *
Rep. Mike Demicco
Rep. Stephen Harding *
Sen. Michael Barrett
Sen. Anne Gobi *
Sen. Michael Rush *
Rep. Thomas Golden
Rep. William Pignatelli
MLA Bill Horne *
MLA Iain Rankin
MNA Sylvain Lévesque
DelawareNew HampshirePennsylvaniaRhode Island
Sen. Gerald Hocker
Sen. Harris B. McDowell, III
Rep. Debra Heffernan
Rep. John Kowalko
Rep. Ray Seigfried *
Sen. Jeb Bradley
Sen. Dan Feltes
Sen. Martha Fuller Clark
Sen. David Watters
Rep. Jacqueline Cali-Pitts
Rep. Howard Moffett *
Rep. Suzanne Smith *
Rep. Douglas Thomas
Sen. Gene YawSen. William Conley
Sen. Cynthia Coyne *
Sen. Frank Lombardo *
Sen. Susan Sosnowski
Rep. David Bennett *
Rep. Arthur Handy
Rep. William O’Brien *
Rep. Robert Phillips
MaineNew JerseyPrince Edward IslandVermont
Rep. Richard Campbell
Rep. Michael Devin *
Rep. Peter Lyford *
Rep. Ralph Tucker
Sen. Bob Smith
Asm. Timothy Eustace
Asm. Robert J. Karabinchak
Asm. Benjie Wimberly
(Vacant)Sen. Tim Ashe
Sen. Brian Campion
Rep. Paul Lefebrve *
Rep. Carol Ode *
Rep. Trevor Squirrel
Rep. Mike Yantachka
MarylandNew YorkPuerto RicoU.S. Virgin Islands
Sen. Brian Feldman
Sen. Delores Kelley
Sen. Bryan Simonaire *
Sen. Ron Young *
Asm. Steve Englebright
Asw. Amy Paulin
Sen. Nelson Cruz *
Sen. Itzamar Peña
Sen. Carlos Rodriguez
Sen. Anibal Torres *
Rep. Jose Aponte *
Rep. Jesus Ortiz
Rep. Victor Pares
Rep. Jorge Navarro
Sen. Alicia Barnes


For more information about the Energy and Environment Committee, please contact:

Rona Cohen
Program Manager, Energy and Environment