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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Energy and Environment


The United States is blessed with bountiful energy resources and beautiful environmental treasures. Congresswoman Slaughter is focused on developing a sustainable future where advancements in green technology help power the U.S. economy.

Congresswoman Slaughter also believes that Rochester has a special role to play in this new economy due to the concentration of innovative, “green” technology companies in the greater Rochester region. She is focused on doing all that she can to ensure that businesses in Rochester have access to the funding they need to grow and that our natural resources are preserved.


  • Protecting the Great Lakes: Over 26 million Americans rely on the Great Lakes for commerce, transportation, drinking water, and recreation. Congresswoman Slaughter believes that we have an obligation to future generations to keep this precious resource well-maintained, safe, clean, and free of invasive species. To learn more about the Great Lakes, click hereCongresswoman Slaughter Outside with a Canoe Paddle
  • Health and Environment: Congresswoman Slaughter recognizes that protecting the environment isn’t just good for the land, it’s good for our health. As the only microbiologist in Congress, she is committed to fighting environmental health hazards that are both seen and unseen.
  • Supporting Renewable Energy: Congresswoman Slaughter wants to see America leading the world in alternative energy development. Instead of watching other countries in Asia and Europe invest in renewable energy and America sit idly by, Congresswoman Slaughter believes the U.S. should be doing all we can to reap the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy. We should seize the opportunity to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create good-paying, high-skill jobs here at home, and protect the environment.
  • Investing in Local Businesses: Congresswoman Slaughter knows that the advancements in green technology happening in Rochester will create jobs, make us more energy-independent, and preserve our planet for future generations. She has persistently partnered with local businesses to secure funding from the federal government and cut through red tape. Congresswoman Slaughter is focused on helping Rochester’s businesses do what they do best: create and innovate.


  • Eastman Business Park (EBP): In 2014, Congresswoman Slaughter announced more than $1.2 million in public and private funding to help innovative energy companies at EBP accelerateEastman Business Park commercialization of their technology. A $610,000 Economic Development Administration grant was a direct result of six months of advocacy, including support for EBP’s application and facilitating communication between the agency and the park.
  • Children’s Health Task Force Act: Congresswoman Slaughter introduced the Children’s Health Task Force in 2012 to protect the most vulnerable victims of environmental health hazards – our children. Congresswoman Slaughter's legislation would permanently establish an inter-agency task force created by President Bill Clinton that addresses high-priority risks to children’s health, such as the impact of air pollution, hazardous chemicals, and lead exposure.
  • OLEDWorks: In 2014, Congresswoman Slaughter announced $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for OLEDWorks of Rochester. This funding will support the development and commercialization of technology that can significantly reduce energy costs for American families and businesses and grow high tech U.S. manufacturing jobs. This investment in OLEDWorks shows that Rochester is leading the way in reducing energy costs through this homegrown industry.
  • Solar Power: Congresswoman Slaughter supported a $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to Rochester’s Intrinsiq Materials. This leader in nanotechnology will develop and commercialize an innovative method of using nickel silicide and copper in solar power cells at a fraction of current costs with a greener manufacturing process. Congresswoman Slaughter is excited to support this critical work making solar power more affordable.
  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI): Congresswoman Slaughter is a longstanding leader of the GLRI. She is an original co-sponsor of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act, which would authorize the GLRI program for five years at a funding level of $300 million per year. This critical program is the largest federal investment in the Great Lakes in decades and provides funding to fight invasive species, coordinate protection efforts, and bring together organizations with a shared interest in the Great Lakes. Each year since the program’s inception in 2009, Congresswoman Slaughter has led her Great Lakes House colleagues in urging the Appropriations Committee to adequately fund the GLRI, resulting in over $2.2 billion in federal funding since Fiscal Year 2010. To read more about the Great Lakes, please click here.
  • Critical Conservation Area (CCA): In 2014, Congresswoman Slaughter successfully called on the United States Department of Agriculture to designate the Great Lakes as a Critical Conservation Area under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. This gives Great Lakes communities access to hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds to implement conservation practices. This assistance not only helps farmers further their efforts to protect the region’s waters, but also provides them the resources to continue ensuring an abundant food supply for the future.

More on Energy and Environment

February 8, 2018 Louise Line
February 8, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter (NY-25), co-chair of the bipartisan House Great Lakes Task Force, today launched a bipartisan, bicameral effort to exempt the State of New York from the Trump administration’s push to open up oil and gas drilling off the coasts of the United States.

January 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. John Katko (NY-24) and Louise Slaughter (NY-25), announced today that, following their advocacy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted aid requests previously denied for Cayuga and Monroe Counties.

January 16, 2018 Louise Line

This year might have just come to a close, but there are many key issues on our national agenda that are gaining steam as we head into the New Year. Everything from immigration and children’s health insurance to proposed cuts to the social safety net are all on the docket for 2018.

December 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) voted late yesterday for the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment & Reauthorization Act (H.R. 3017), bipartisan legislation that reauthorizes the EPA's Brownfields Program for the first time since 2006. The bill includes several provisions Slaughter introduced as part of her bill, the Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development (BUILD) Act, to jumpstart development efforts and provide additional resources for sites in need of redevelopment.

November 14, 2017 Louise Line
Last week, I hosted a meeting at Google’s Washington, D.C. headquarters featuring Rochester’s two federally-sponsored manufacturing institutes—AIM Photonics and the REMADE Institute—and dozens of executives and industry leaders from companies like Amazon, General Electric, Microsoft, and others to talk about our community’s growing global role in advanced manufacturing.
June 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The Co-Chairs of the House Great Lakes Task Force, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02), Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07) and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition Co-Chairs, Congressman David P.

June 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today vowed to protect the new RIT-led public-private clean energy manufacturing institute from defunding by the Trump administration. In January, Slaughter announced that she successfully landed Rochester the clean energy manufacturing institute following a nationwide competition. However, the Trump administration’s recent budget request would make draconian cuts to the Department of Energy and eliminate the funding that makes this and four other Manufacturing USA Institutes across the country possible.

June 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will complete dredging at Rochester Harbor this week. Slaughter has secured more than $5 million since 2013 for dredging Rochester’s port, which ships and receives an average of 95,000 tons of material each year. Commodities that pass through the port support 95 local jobs and generate more than $6 million in salaries annually. 

May 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced a $524,883 federal award for Science Take-Out, a locally-based company that manufactures easy-to-use, hands-on science kits for students. This funding, administered by the Department of Human Health and Services’ (HHS) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, will expand on Science Take-Out’s successful STTR Phase I project that developed environmental health education kits for students in partnership with the University of Rochester’s Environmental Health Sciences Center.