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Alaska Conservation Alliance Announces Common Agenda Priorities for 2011


The Conservation Alliance and Alliance member groups have chosen legislative focus for 2011

Anchorage - Alaska Conservation Alliance is pleased to announce the selection of the common agenda priorities for 2011.  At the group’s Annual General Meeting last Thursday and Friday, member groups proposed and voted on issues important to conservation groups throughout Alaska to be the 2011 Common Agenda Priorities.  The common agenda priorities serve to unite the member groups and to focus Alliance work for the upcoming year.

For 2011, Alliance member groups chose the following Common Agenda Priorities:

· Coastal Zone Management: The current version of Alaska’s Coastal Zone Management Program will sunset in 2011 necessitating action by legislators within the next year.  This presents an opportunity for the Alliance to work with legislators and local communities to ensure a coastal zone management program that will provide stewardship for Alaska’s rich and diverse coastal resources to ensure a healthy and vibrant Alaskan coast that efficiently sustains long-term economic and environmental productivity.

· Toxics Exposure Phase-Out: This priority will specifically focus on the phase out of the manufacture and sale of electronic products, furniture, textiles and mattresses containing dangerous toxics known as PBDEs (polybrominated dephenyl ethers) in favor of safe alternatives.  PBDEs and other persistent toxics are having a profound effect on the environment and human health, particularly in Alaska and the Arctic.

· Energy Efficiency: The Energy Efficiency priority will focus on expanding existing efficiency programs to include businesses, churches and other Alaskans that are excluded from current programs.  This priority will help eliminate waste and increase efficiency which adds up to cost savings for Alaskans.

“We are excited about the priorities that were chosen by our member groups last week.  These are priorities that Alaskans really care about.  We are also excited about the opportunity to support and partner with local communities, businesses and elected officials as we work on these critical Alaskan issues.” says Caitlin Higgins, Executive Director of Alaska Conservation Alliance.

For more information on the 2011 Common Agenda Priorities, please visit http://akvoiceorg/home-slot-five/2011-priorities

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