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    Saturday, March 02, 2024

    The Lives of Our Times: David Bingham earns Lifetime Achievement Award for environmentalism

    State Sen. Martha Marx, D-20th District, shares a legislative proclamation with David Bingham of Salem after Bingham received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the CT League of Conservation Voters for his environmental activism. Photo submitted

    David Bingham, a dedicated state and national advocate for pro-environment policies for decades, was recently honored by the CT League of Conservation Voters with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Bingham, of Salem, is a retired physician who joined the National League of Conservation Voters during the first Earth Week in 1970. Bingham comes from a political family with elected members representing both sides of the aisle.

    He currently serves as co-chair of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, having served as a founding board member since the League’s inception in 2000. He currently chairs CTLCV's Political Action Committee, participating in hundreds of endorsement interviews with political candidates for the Connecticut General Assembly over the years, and supporting their candidacies for elected office.

    A founding member of the Salem Land Trust, Bingham is also a member of the Eightmile River Wild and Scenic Coordinating Committee. He was an elected member of the Salem Planning and Zoning Commission for 36 years.

    As a life-long activist on state policy issues and electoral politics, Bingham has advocated and testified on behalf of the Sierra Club, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, Population Connection, Rivers Alliance, CT Land Conservation Council and Audubon CT.

    During CTLCV’s Environmental Achievement Awards ceremony in October, CTLCV Executive Director Lori Brown referred to Bingham as a champion for the environment and an inspiration for all who work to protect our water, air, and open spaces for the safety and enjoyment of future generations.

    “David has significantly shaped the mission and goals of CTLCV’s work in his role as Board Chair and as an active advocate at the Capitol,” Brown said. “He is our go-to person for electoral work that helps build the next generation of climate champions, and his knowledge and passion for policy is immediately evident to anyone he talks to. Anyone who has seen his beautiful property in Salem and met his wonderful wife Annie knows that David practices what he preaches when it comes to environmental stewardship.”

    Bingham was also presented with a proclamation from the CT General Assembly by State Sen. Martha Marx, D-20th, of New London, who commended Bingham for his stewardship of the environment through the legislative process.

    Marx, elected in 2022, is also a strong advocate for the environment, having earned a score of 94 percent on the 2023 Environmental Scorecard and voting in favor of key bills endorsed by CTLCV. The Environmental Scorecard is published annually by the CTLCV as a way to hold lawmakers accountable for their votes on environmental policy in the state legislature.

    The Lives of Our Times is a regular feature. To submit stories and photos about interesting local people, email times@theday.com.

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