True to his blockbuster persona, California’s governor proved to be a superhero when it came to the environment in 2010.
This week, Gov. Shwarzenegger was presented with the first annual Green Governor of the Year Award by Lex Heslin, President and CEO of Beautiful Earth Group. The award was established to annually honor a Governor who shows the greatest leadership, courage, understanding and action in improving the environment.
The “Governator” was chosen for the eco-honor because of his groundbreaking achievements in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change, his push for an increase in the state’s renewable energy portfolio requirement, his ability to balance the complex interests of environmental groups, energy developers, utilities and consumers, and, in an election year, for turning the tide against a regulatory framework that potentially supports legalized pollution.
“I’m honored to be the first Governor chosen for this award,” said Governor Schwarzenegger.
“California is showing the world that you can protect the environment and grow the economy at the same time. We are creating a new economic foundation for the 21st Century built on clean fuel, clean energy and clean cars that is turning California into the green capital of the nation and the world, and I couldn’t be more proud of these accomplishments.”
Image Credit: (PRNewsFoto/Beautiful Earth Group, Justin Short, Office of the Governor)