Integral parts of the ECOS mission involve championing the role of the States in environmental protection and articulating state positions to Congress, federal agencies, and the public on environmental issues. This mission is often advanced by writing letters, making presentations, and working in coalition with other groups to advocate on behalf of the states on environmental matters. ECOS advocacy is grounded upon the resolutions approved by the membership and reflects important elements of the ECOS mission statement. While our letters, speeches and other work reflects our policies, only our resolutions represent our formal policy positions. ECOS usually considers its formal policies at its Spring Meeting and Annual Meeting.