The following information was provided by the Environmental League of Massachusetts:
The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) hosted a gathering in Belmont on Sept. 20 at the home of former Belmont State Rep. Anne Paulsen and her husband Fred. ELM is the oldest environmental advocacy organization in the Commonwealth, and the event introduced ELM’s work on environmental protection, climate change and mass transit.
In addition, State Sen. Will Brownsberger was honored by ELM as their “Environmental Champion” for 2012. The award was presented to Brownsberger by ELM President George Bachrach, a former state senator for the district Brownsberger now represents.
Bachrach noted: “Will Brownsberger has been an important leader for the Commonwealth’s environmental protection. He has defended the endangered species act, supported renewable energy and energy efficiency and fought hard for adequate service and funding for a 21st century transit system. We need his voice at the State House.”
Bachrach also commended hosts Anne Paulsen and her husband Fred as “the gold standard for public service and civic engagement.”
Co-hosts of the event included a “who’s who” of Belmont leaders including Selectman Ralph Jones and his wife Sherry, School Committee members Dan Scharfman and his wife Merle Kummer and Anne Lougee and her husband Roger Colton. In addition, co-hosts included Stephen Klionsky and Gail Mann, John and Leslie Kolterman, Steve Kidder and Judy Malone, Julia Blatt and Ken Siskind, Adam Dash, John Markey and Roger Wrubel.