Sen. Mercado Kim Joins NALEO Educational Fund and 45 Latino Elected Officials for National Energy Po

Sessions designed to deepen the understanding of nation’s most pressing energy, natural resource and climate change policy issues

HONOLULU, Hawai‘i – Senator Donna Mercado Kim (Dist. 14 - Kapalama, ‘Alewa, Kalihi Valley, Ft. Shafter, Moanalua Gardens & Valley, portions of Halawa and ‘Aiea) joined the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, the nation’s preeminent Latino leadership organization, and 45 other Latino elected officials from across the country for the National Policy Institute on Energy, Natural Resources and Climate Changefrom March 24-25, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

The NALEO Educational Fund’s National Policy Institute on Energy, Natural Resources and Climate Change provided Sen. Kim and other Latino policymakers with the opportunity to discuss various policy approaches for the reliable and affordable development and use of energy while also addressing the responsible stewardship of natural resources and the future vitality of our communities.

“Energy has such a significant impact on not just our daily lives, but our economy and the

generations to come, particularly here in Hawai‘i where we’ve committed to a bold goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2045,” stated Sen. Kim. “My take away from this conference was a greater awareness of how we can help shape the discussion on energy policy and ensure that sound decisions are being made in areas such as natural resource management and energy development now and into the future.”

The Policy Institute convened state legislators and local policymakers with leading national and state experts, private sector representatives and other key stakeholders for two days of professional development. During the training, Sen. Kim and other Latino officials had the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the most pressing energy, natural resource and climate change issues, strengthen leadership and governance skills, and exchange legislative ideas and best practices with colleagues from across the country.

This event was made possible through the generous support of Title Sponsors, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers and Environmental Defense Fund. A full schedule and agenda is available at

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