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11 October 2010

Holsman Receives Green Leader Award from Missouri Votes Conservation for 2nd Time in Four Years

KANSAS CITY MO - Missouri Votes Conservation, a statewide pro-environmental group based out of St. Louis, has selected State Representative Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City) to receive their Green Leader Award for the second time in four years.

Holsman, who has been one of Missouri's top proponents of renewable energy resources, successfully passed two pieces of environmental legislation this year.  The PACE act [HB2178] allows homeowners to finance energy efficiency improvements to their properties, making technologies such as solar panels and windmill micro-turbines a reality for many middle-class Missourians.  The Urban Farming Task Force legislation [HB1848] creates a joint interim committee of Missouri's General Assembly to study agriculture, vertical farming, and sustainable growing in the state's urban areas.

At right: Holsman Solar IsraelRepresentative Holsman visits a Solar Research facilty in 2007

Representative Holsman is the ranking member on the House Committee on Energy & the Environment and has served on Missouri's Energy Future Committee.  Earlier this year Holsman receive the Energy Efficiency Champion award from Renew Missouri.

Holsman first received the Green Leader Award in 2007 for his work as a freshman legislator in passing the Easy Connection Act [HB869], which allowed property owners who produced their own electricity to sell excess energy back to their local electric provider.

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