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NGA's Glass & Glazing Advocacy Days Addresses Industry's Role in School Security

NGA and Industry Leaders Meet with Agency Officials and Congressional Members at NGA Glass & Glazing Advocacy Days 2023

Attendees at 2023 Advocacy Days
From left to right, 2023 Glass & Glazing Advocacy Days attendees Rob Carlson of TriStar Glass with Paul Bush and Bradley Boone of Vitro Architectural Glass.
Nicole Harris addresses agency officials during 2023 Advocacy Days
NGA president & CEO Nicole Harris addresses agency officials during 2023 Glass & Glazing Advocacy Days.


The second annual Glass & Glazing Advocacy Days took place March 27-28, in Washington, DC. NGA and industry leaders met with members of Congress and agency officials to discuss top policy priorities and to  showcase how the industry contributes to the economy, the workforce and human health. 

NGA members met with staff from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, and visited the offices of 30 members of Congress from both the House and the Senate. Read a recap from Glass Magazine.

Spotlight on School Security

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"It seemed to be new information to most offices that there are bullet-resistant glazing products widely available already. We had the advantage in many of the meetings we attended to be the first glass industry representatives that the staffers had ever met with. Nearly every representative that we met with expressed great interest in learning the information provided on our school security one-pager." Read more


2023 Policy Priorities

  • Recyclability/Sustainability
  • High-performance Glazing
  • School Security
  • Bird-friendly Glazing
  • Workforce Development

Learn more about these priorities

Advocacy Days attendees stand in front of the Capitol
2023 Glass & Glazing Advocacy Days attendees in front of the U.S. Capitol as they prepare to speak with members of Congress.
Advocacy Days attendees speak with Congress
2023 Glass & Glazing Advocacy Days attendees speak with legislative staff in the office of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). 
Senator Cortez Masto with Bendheim and Virginia Glass employees
2023 Glass & Glazing Advocacy Day attendees John Korff of Virginia Glass Products (L) and Rodrigo Menino of Bendheim (R) with legislative staffer for Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV).
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Quotes from the Hill

Andy Russo, vice president, Glass & Metal Craft, addresses the Dept. of Energy about window performance goals:

“Why can’t we aim for a middle-ground achievable performance requirement that would be a huge improvement immediately instead of shooting for the moon for a solution that is currently out of reach?”

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) @RepBuddyCarter:

“Don’t let policies get in the way of innovation”

Office of Senator Cortez Masto (D-NV):

“We remain adamant that apprenticeships work and create high-paying jobs. You have our support.”

Bill Strait, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope:

“These are not future, theoretical products. We have solutions that exist today.”

Julia Schimmelpenningh, technical engagement manager – architectural, Eastman Chemical Co.

“Glass is beautiful. It does everything we need it to do,”

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