National Caucus of Environmental Legislators

The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators was organized in 1996 for the purpose of providing environmentally progressive legislators with an opportunity to coordinate their activities with respect to national legislative organizations, and to share ideas both on affirmative and negative environmental issues. The goal of NCEL is to organize pro-environment state legislators nation-wide, and to educate and inform these leaders on state and federal environmental issues and policies—the result of which will be the enactment of sound environmental policy at the state level. NCEL does not lobby for the enactment or defeat of any state or federal legislation.

National Caucus of Environmental Legislators has been a Brainerd Foundation grantee since 2009.

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National Caucus of Environmental Legislators Photo gallery

NCEL legislators are working to protect pollinators, like bees, from neonicotinoid insecticides. Photo courtesy of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators.

NCEL educates state legislators about fracking and its potential impacts. Photo courtesy of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators.

NCEL supports the protection of endangered species, like the manatee. Photo courtesy of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators.

National Caucus of Environmental Legislators Grant history

2016

$50,000 - To help state legislators become stronger and more effective environmental leaders. Conservation policy

2015

$20,000 - To help state legislators become stronger and more effective environmental leaders. Conservation capacity

2014

$100,000 - A two-year grant to help state legislators become stronger and more effective environmental leaders. Conservation policy

2013

$45,000 - To help state legislators become stronger and more effective environmental leaders. Conservation policy

2012

$45,000 - To help state legislators become stronger and more effective environmental leaders. Conservation policy

2011

$45,000 - To help members of this group share information on environmental policy issues. Conservation policy

2009

$35,000 - To educate policymakers about priority environmental issues. Conservation policy