Purpose of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition
- Advance policies that promote clean energy innovation and domestic manufacturing, develop renewable energy resources, and create good green jobs across the economy and the country.
- Advance polices to address climate change, protect our nation’s clean air, water and natural environment, and promote environmental justice.
The U.S. House of Representatives Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC) was founded in January 2009, at the start of the 111th Congress, to be a focused, active, and effective advocate for policies for clean energy innovation and job creation, environmental protection, and policies that will address global climate change. Founded by Co-Chairs Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) with thirty-five charter members, SEEC has grown to more than sixty members and has established itself as a key green voice in the Congress.
In the 116th Congress, SEEC is Co-Chaired by Reps. Paul Tonko (D-NY), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), and Doris Matsui (D-CA). SEEC Vice-Chairs are Reps. A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), and Mike Quigley (D-IL).
SEEC remains committed to advancing policies that support clean energy innovation, address climate change, protect our natural environment and promote environmental justice. Last Congress, the coalition introduced its Sustainable Infrastructure Proposal and has continued to call for an infrastructure bill that takes bold steps to address climate change. SEEC continues to work with Committee partners, House Leadership, and partners in the U.S. Senate to encourage proactive climate and sustainable environmental policies across the Congressional Agenda. Through its advocacy efforts, SEEC has seen increased funding for clean energy programs at the Department of Energy and the inclusion of water sustainability policy in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It also successfully opposed anti-environmental riders in the 2018 Farm Bill and focused early attention on the dangerous health consequences of Trump’s Clean Power Plan replacement.
SEEC members remain dedicated to the coalition's mission and to advancing policies for a more prosperous, sustainable, and secure future for our country.