Garden Club of America National Affairs and Legislation Committee (NAL) and Conservation Committee
From the GCA website: "The NAL and Conservation Committees work in tandem to enhance the GCA mission to 'restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.' Although NAL and Conservation committees meet together, their purposes and functions are different. NAL follows in detail legislation that ultimately affects the above purpose, while Conservation provides education on the environmental issues themselves. Conservation Committee members work with youth, member clubs, and the general public to promote local conservation projects and responsible environmental stewardship."
The Garden Club of New Haven fulfills these purposes through its Conservation Committee, and sends a representative to the NAL meeting in Washington, DC each year, where delegates gather to learn about environmental issues and meet with their Congressional Representatives and Senators to lobby on behalf of GCA positions. The 2017 position papers of the GCA may be accessed here. They cover clean air, clean water, climate change, the national park system, preservation of native plants, national public lands and environmentally responsible transportation.