EDF Climate Corps Alumni Take Capitol Hill

Kate Hanley | June 1, 2015

Ryan Collins (left) and Farris Galyon (right) at Lobby Day.Recently, four of our EDF Climate Corps alumni fellows traveled to Washington, DC to participate in EDF Action’s Lobby Day. Ryan Collins, Farris Galyon, Jie Pan and Rebecca Shao joined EDF staff, trustees and directors on Capitol Hill and met with more than 43 senators and members of Congress on issues of TSCA reform, climate principles and federal methane regulations.

Our lobbying team does a great job of staying connected to key policy makers on the Hill, but EDF Action’s Lobby Day takes our advocacy to an entirely new level. It is a demonstration of our organization’s engaging policy portfolio, political diversity and depth of support.

The fellows impressed both policymakers and EDF staff alike with their knowledge on energy and environmental issues. One EDF staff member said, “EDF Climate Corps alums were rock stars!” The fellows got to meet in small groups with Senators like Elizabeth Warren. And they got gallery passes so they were able to visit the Senate floor while they were in session.

Jie Pan with EDF staff and board members.EDF is working across party lines to build the next generation of U.S. climate policy and protect Americans from dangerous and untested chemicals. Our meetings on Lobby Day were an important step toward those goals and we thank Ryan, Farris, Jie and Rebecca for helping us in this quest.

Are you an alumni fellow in the DC-area interested in participating in future Lobby Days and policy events? Let us know! Please email Kate Hanley: khanley@edf.org.

About EDF Climate Corps

EDF Climate Corps (edfclimatecorps.org) taps the talents of tomorrow’s leaders to save energy, money and the environment by placing specially trained EDF fellows in companies, cities and universities as dedicated energy problem solvers. Working with hundreds of leading organizations, EDF Climate Corps has uncovered nearly $1.4 billion in energy savings. For more information, visit edfclimatecorps.org. Read our blog at edfclimatecorps.org/blog. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/edfbiz and on Facebook at facebook.com/EDFClimateCorps.