GRAND CROSSING — U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Chicago) was recognized Wednesday by a national group for his efforts to improve clean energy.
Each year the non-profit organization, which conducts research and educates the public about solutions to environmental challenges, hands out its Green Jobs award.
The conference for the group, which is comprised of 14 labor unions and environmental organizations, ends April 19.
Rush, who is a member of the House Subcommittee on Energy & Commerce, said he was humbled to receive the award.
“As of Member of Congress, it is important to do all that I can to inform Americans that scientists are sounding the alarms and informing us that we are reaching a critical tipping point as it relates to this very important issue of climate control," Rush said in a statement.
David Foster, executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance, said more elected officials like Rush are needed in Washington.
“We need more [people] in Congress to lead the way in the fight to combat climate change,” Foster said in a statement. “After all, climate change is real, it is accelerated by human actions, and if we fail to preempt its frightening costs, we will imperil our economic future.”