The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy awards two local legislators

Rep. Alice Hausman

Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn

Rep. Alice Hausman received the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy’s “Paddling Upstream Award” Oct. 2. The award recognizes efforts to protect Minnesota’s environment and celebrate MCEA’s beginnings.

According to MCEA’s announcement, the award “recognizes [Hausman’s] many actions during the 2016 and 2017 sessions to protest legislation and agency actions that would weaken our key environmental laws.” MCEA also praised Rep. Hausman for her “commitment to challenging the unwise PolyMet mining project.”

“I am honored to receive this environmental award,” said Hausman. “Like most Minnesotans, I want to preserve and protect our beautiful environment — now and for future generations. MCEA’s decades-long work reflects my legislative efforts and interests. I am humbled to be recognized by this respected organization.”

MCEA also recognizes Hausman’s efforts to secure adequate transit project funding to benefit the state and its increasingly mobile population.



The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy presented Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn with the group’s “Trailblazer Award” Oct. 2, recognizing her leadership on environmental issues important to Minnesotans.

“I’m committed to doing all I can to protect our water, land, wildlife and air, now and for future generations,” Becker-Finn said. “Protecting our environment is a fundamental responsibility we all have as policymakers. I look forward to continuing to work alongside incredible advocates like those at the MCEA to preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cherished natural resources and hunting and fishing traditions.”

The MCEA’s Trailblazer Award seeks to recognize legislators who distinguish themselves as strong environmental leaders in their early years of service in a legislative body. Becker-Finn, a freshman member of the Minnesota House serving on the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee, has fought to protect clean water and wild rice, supported legislation for hunters and anglers, and promoted renewable energy and other efforts to combat climate change.

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