NGA Addresses Industry's Top Priorities During Second Annual Glass & Glazing Advocacy Days

Nicole Harris addresses agency officials during 2023 Advocacy Days.
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Date: 30 March 2023

Industry leaders showcase the value of the architectural glass industry with Congressional members, agency officials

Industry leaders from National Glass Association (NGA) member companies, Congressional members and agency officials convened in Washington, DC, March 27-28 for the association’s second annual Glass & Glazing Advocacy Days.

NGA architectural glass and glazing industry policy priorities presented at the 2023 event include: School Security, Bird-friendly Glazing, High-performance Glazing, Recyclability/Sustainability, and Workforce Development.

In her opening remarks, NGA President & CEO Nicole Harris stated, “Everyone in this room knows the value of glass and glazing to enhance spaces where we live, play, learn, work and heal…and we are here to help our legislators understand that value.”

Leaders from 35 NGA member companies representing primary glass manufacturers, fabricators, suppliers, and installing companies from across the country were invited to advocate on behalf of their businesses, the NGA, and the industry.

Attendees at 2023 Advocacy Days
Robert Carlson, Tristar Glass; NGA Advocacy Chair Paul Bush, Vitro; and Brad Boone Vitro.

The Congressional members, legislative staff and agency officials who met with NGA members were:

  • Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA)
  • Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV-02)
  • Rep. Josh Brecheen (R-OK-02)
  • Rep. Brad Finstad (R-MN-01)
  • Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA-01)
  • Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO-06)
  • Senator Ed Markey (D-MA)
  • Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Senator Tina Smith (D-MN)
  • Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Senator Shelley Capito (R-WV)
  • Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)
  • Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
  • Senator John Boozman (R-AR)
  • Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI-09)
  • Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
  • Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)
  • Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR)
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
  • Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
  • Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI-07)
  • Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX-26)
  • Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)
  • Senator Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)
  • Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH)
  • Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05)
  • Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)
  • Swarupa Ganguli, Acting Chief, Resource Conservation Branch, US EPA
  • Doug Anderson, Project Manager, US EPA Energy Star Program
  • Ram Narayanamurthy, Deputy Director for Strategic Planning, DOE Buildings Technologies Office
  • Marc LaFrance, EPA Advanced Technology and Energy Policy Manager
  • Stephen Selkowitz, EPA Affiliate Building Technology and Urban Systems Division

"We had an amazing day on the Hill,” stated Harris. “We had 30 meetings in Congressional offices allowing us to spread NGA’s message about the solutions our industry provides."

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