WASHINGTON, DC— Environment Connecticut has announced that Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) earned a perfect score on their 2009 environmental scorecard. Himes’ 100% record is a result of his support for a wide range of pro-environment policies in 2009.

“We applaud Congressman Himes for standing up and putting the environment ahead of special interests in 2009,” said Environment Connecticut Program Director Christopher Phelps. “From investing in clean energy to protecting America’s wilderness areas and making smart infrastructure a priority for federal investment, he has consistently put the environment first.”

Himes has been an active supporter of pro-environment policies since taking office one year ago.  This past year, the Congressman helped pass the historic American Clean Energy Security Act and supported a number of other pro-environment measures, including legislation to protect more than 2 million acres of public lands. Additionally, Himes has sponsored legislation to improve access to public transportation, encourage telecommuting, and make housing more energy efficient.

Through his constituent services work and in collaboration with local governments, Himes has made environmental infrastructure investment and Brownfield redevelopment top priorities. He secured funding to dredge the Greenwich and Norwalk Harbors and has been an outspoken supporter of the Town of Fairfield’s Brownfield redevelopment project to build a new train station parking lot.

“Smart environmental policy creates jobs and protects the health of local residents,” said Congressman Himes. “I am eager to continue fighting for policies that promote clean energy, encourage smart development, and make us good stewards of the planet our children will inherit.”