Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Federal Advocacy Committee

The Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee is responsible for developing policy and leading NLC’s advocacy on infrastructure and sustainability-related issues such as water infrastructure and water quality, air quality, energy, climate change, solid and hazardous waste management, local food systems, and public lands. Most recently, the committee has focused on issues pertaining to water infrastructure, such as financing mechanisms and addressing community and residential affordability, and climate change mitigation, adaptation and community resilience.

NLC's  Federal Advocacy Committee  members include local elected officials and city staff from NLC member cities and towns across the country who are committed to discussing and influencing federal policy that has a direct and profound impact on local government operations.  


Committee Roster


    Vice Chair     

Vice Chair

EENR Chair TJ Cawley EENR Chair Chantia Lewis EENR Chair Ellen Smith

TJ Cawley
Morrisville, N.C.

Chantia Lewis
Milwaukee, Wis.

Ellen Smith
Council Member
Oakridge, Tenn.


Click here for the 2020 Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee roster

Meetings & Events



Congressional City Conference, March 2020

Legal Considerations for Municipal Decarbonization 

Amy Turner, Senior Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Climate Research Scholar, Columbia Law School



Policy & Resolutions