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Environmental Lobbying Alliance

Advancing key environmental policy issues in Missouri – like water and air quality protection, renewable energy, and green building incentives – requires strong lobbying efforts in Jefferson City.  It also requires a strong voice that can stand up to the often well-financed efforts of not-so-environmentally-friendly special interests.

Just such a strong voice has emerged in the Capitol, one that represents the environmental values of Missourians.  It is  the Missouri Conservation and Environmental Alliance (MCEA).

Missouri Conservation and Environmental Alliance
MCEA is a coalition of diverse conservation and environmental organizations in Missouri. Their representatives meet regularly to coordinate their legislative priorities, to educate state legislators about issues of common concern that are impacting Missouri’s environment, and to fund common lobbying efforts in Jefferson City.  MVC founded the alliance in 2007 to increase the effectiveness of the conservation community in the state.

MCEA has become a powerful force in helping pass conservation legislation in Missouri. Among the bills that the alliance helped pass is the Net Metering legislation in 2007, the omnibus green energy legislation during the 2008 session, and the PACE measure in 2010.  MCEA has also been instrumental in blocking bills that seek to remove important environmental protections. These include a measure that would have eroded local communities’ limits on factory farms, the Audit Privilege bill (aka, “Dirty Secrets” measure), and bills to weaken control on gravel mining in Missouri streams.

MCEA Members
The current partners in MCEA are:
Audubon Missouri
Conservation Federation of Missouri
Eastern Ozarks Forestry Council
Environment Missouri
Missouri Coalition for the Environment
Missouri Parks Association
Missouri Sierra Club
Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition
Missouri Votes Conservation
Renew Missouri
U.S. Green Building Council- Missouri Gateway Chapter

These organizations represent broad interests throughout the state – from environmentalists, conservationists and scientists to hunters, anglers and farmers. If you represent an organization that is interested in joining our alliance, we welcome your inquiries. Please call MVC’s offices at 314-725-9494.