Samuel Shropshire has more than 30-years’ experience as a founder, CEO, and director for business, education and non-government organizations (NGOs). A passionate and effective speaker, Mr. Shropshire has made countless motivational and educational presentations and speeches before government entities, NGOs, businesses, university audiences and civic organizations.
He has worked for change, successfully lobbying the U.S. Congress, the Canadian and British Parliaments and the United Nations. He has been on foreign and state policy teams that introduced bills to U.S. congressional and state legislative committees. An avid writer and motivator, Shropshire has been an active leader in the Annapolis, Maryland USA, community.
He was elected to the Annapolis City Council in 2005—garnering overwhelming bipartisan support from both Democrats and Republicans. During his term on the Annapolis City Council he became well known for his sponsorship of legislation aimed at protecting the environment—especially bills directed at eliminating plastic debris, especially plastic retail shopping bags. His work on the subject was published widely in the US (e.g. The New York Times, Time Magazine, CNN News, NBC News, etc.) and in various foreign publications and televised news media.
Using his position as a member of the Annapolis City Council, Shropshire lobbied the Maryland State Legislature to pass the “Clean Air Act” and the “Maryland Healthy Air Act.” The Healthy Air Act (HAA) is the toughest power plant emission law on the US east coast. The HAA requires reductions in nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and mercury emissions from large coal burning power plants. The Healthy Air Act also requires that Maryland become involved in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) which is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Shropshire also helped draft and promote Maryland state legislation that limits phosphorous and nitrogen content in lawn fertilizers. The two chemical additives cause great damage to Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.
Working cooperatively with international environmental NGOs, Shropshire’s legislative efforts have resulted in plastic bag bans or restrictions in Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, San Antonio, Washington (DC) numerous other US cities as well as the state of Hawaii. His legislative efforts are now being considered by the states of New York, Virginia, Maryland, Oregon, California, Washington, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Texas, etc.
Shropshire has been a resident of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since December 2011. During his stay in Saudi Arabia he became a follower of Islam and now lectures in schools (in the KSA and abroad) about his journey to Islam as well as God’s desire for people of all faiths to love and care for His creation. He says, “Promoting environmental sustainability is the very best way to protect God’s creation. The nature around us is testimony to God’s awesome love for humankind. If we do not act immediately to protect the environment the result will be disastrous for future generations.”
Samuel E Shropshire
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