Hilda Solis has always prioritized fighting for clean air, water, and open green space. She was the first woman to ever receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for her work on passing groundbreaking environmental justice laws.
Fighting toxic pollution
Hilda Solis advocates for communities facing environmental injustices near the Exide recycling plant in Vernon. She leads the fight to force the cleanup of poisonous lead in thousands of homes, and to hold the polluters and agencies accountable.
Hilda led efforts to investigate the Delta Fuel Dump that released more than 10,000 pounds of jet fuel over residential neighborhoods, showering pollutants on children at several schools and other neighbors in Southeast LA County.
Hilda Solis ordered the County to review the use of water among their facilities with the goal of reducing water consumption following an Executive Order that further asked Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent. Measure W was passed by the voters to increase L.A. County’s local water supply, improve water quality, and invest in making our communities greener and more livable. Hilda Solis emphasized that as the County began to implement Measure W that it would target and direct its projects to where they can make the greatest impact on improving the overall health and wellness of the most underserved residents. Hilda believes everyone deserves access to safe, clean water.
Tackling Climate change
As President Obama’s Secretary of Labor, as a lawmaker and as County Supervisor, Hilda Solis has been an effective advocate to slow climate change by limiting emissions that cause global warming — and by leading the charge for a green economy.