Elected Officials to Protect America - Code Blue
The Solon Center is proud to be a fiscal sponsor of Elected Officials to Protect America.
The mission of EOPA is to protect our environment and combat climate change, using water security as a means to illustrate dangers and solutions. "EOPA educates through value-based storytelling, training lawmakers, and connecting elected officials to inspire strong environmental policy. We are led by veterans and frontline lawmakers, and work to help them lead national policy conversations."
Protecting our federal public lands is a critical part of our work — to prevent further development, limit oil and mineral extraction, protect watersheds and ground water, and keep the land vibrant for future generations.
With one project, launched in September 2018, Elected Officials to Protect America’s Public Lands organized 80 bipartisan lawmakers, who are veterans from all 50 states, to sign a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to support the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). LWCF had been stalled in Congress for a year. We earned coverage in Politico and our members wrote 21 op-eds educating people why it's important to protect America's Lands with LWCF. In January of 2019 the reauthorization of LWCF was signed into law.
The mission of Code Blue - EOPA is to protect our environment and combat climate change, using water security as a means to illustrate dangers and solutions.
Alexander Cornell du Houx and Dominic E. Frongillo are the principals working with the Solon Center on EOPA projects. Both have been elected officials.
More about them:
Dominic Frongillo - founded Elected Officials to Protect New York, a bipartisan initiative uniting and coordinating over 850 local elected officials to fight high-volume hydro-fracking and to achieve New York’s renewable energy goal of 50 percent by 2050.
Former Councilor and Deputy Town Supervisor of Caroline, New York, he is also a five-time delegate to the United Nations climate negotiations and conducts trainings for the Young Elected Officials Network and Front Line Leaders Academy.
Alex Cornell du Houx was elected to the Maine State Legislature and served on the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee and the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee. He won the REED award for the best national Public Affairs Campaign for his work founding Operation Free, a coalition of veterans combating climate change. Alex participated and led State Department delegations to Southeast Asia to foster government-to-government relations. He is a Huffington Post blogger, a Kentucky Colonel, a senior advisor to the Veterans Campaign, a member of the Global Advisory Council for the American Veterans Committee, Partner with the Truman National Security Project, and founded the Maine New Leaders Council. His value-based communications trainings are requested worldwide. He served in the Marine Corps infantry for seven years, is currently a Public Affairs Officer with the Navy Reserve, and consults for businesses, nonprofits, elected officials, and candidates through his company, Dirigo Consulting. He is also a board member of the nonprofit Solon Center for Research and Publishing and the Global Women Foundation.
CURRENT PARTNERS OF Code Blue- Elected Officials to Protect America
● Networks like State Innovation Exchange, Local Progress, Climate Mayors, and Young Elected Officials that convene progressive state and local elected officials.
● Implementation partners like ICLEI, Mayors Innovation Project, National League of Cities that provide direct policy implementation support for local and state action.
● Advocacy partners like 350.org, Truman National Security Project, NextGen America, Food & Water Watch, Advanced
Energy Economy, Climate Hawks, Water 2017, Lonely Whale Foundation, EarthJustice, Divest-Invest Network, and Oil Change International that work with officials in their local contexts or provide communications support.
Code Blue - EOPA started their work funded by a State Department grant and a Rodenberry Foundation grant. See the film made from the State Department grant HERE.