Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum
Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum (Camera file photo)

Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum has been appointed to chair the National League of Cities Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee in 2013.

The National League of Cities represents roughly 19,000 municipalities around the country. Its Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee is responsible for developing policy positions on issues involving air quality, water quality, energy, national wetlands, noise control and solid and hazardous waste management.

Those positions will be considered by the membership at its annual meeting and incorporated into national policy recommendations. They also will be used to guide the League of Cities' advocacy efforts.

“Boulder is widely seen as a national leader on many environmental and energy issues, and NLC's EENR committee helps give our concerns greater national and legislative visibility,” Appelbaum said in a news release.

“During the past few years, EENR has focused on numerous issues that impact Boulder, including hydraulic fracturing, renewable energy, PACE loans (energy efficiency loans backed by property taxes), building codes, the Keystone XL Pipeline, electronic waste and recycling, localization of food supplies and many others of local concern.”