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EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to Speak on Environmental Policies and Challenges

JANUARY 11, 2012—Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will speak at 11:00 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at the University of Minnesota's Coffman Memorial Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Jackson will address the role of science in decision making, protecting the public health, and promoting a healthy economy as well as recent challenges to environmental laws. In addition, she will conduct a conversation with the audience, moderated by University Prof. Deborah Swackhamer.

After completing her B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering, Jackson worked on the EPA staff for 16 years, overseeing hazardous waste cleanup operations and developing regulations, and serving as director of the enforcement division for the New York/New Jersey region. In 2002 she joined the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection as assistant commissioner of compliance and enforcement and led implementation of the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act and many land use management programs. In 2006, she was named New Jersey Commissioner of Environmental Protection, responsible for state parks and beaches, fish and wildlife programs, and historic preservation.

She was appointed EPA Administrator by President Obama in 2009 and is best known for her work against greenhouse gas emissions and their deleterious effects on public health. She directs a staff of more than 18,000 in the use of science to address air, water, and land pollution and foster a green economy. Time magazine included Jackson on its 2010 and 2011 lists of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."

Swackhamer is the Denny Chair in Science, Technology, and Public Policy and co-director of the University's Water Resources Center; a professor of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health; and chair of the EPA's Chartered Science Advisory Board.

Jackson's visit is hosted by the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs' Center for Science, Technology & Public Policy; the Water Resources Center; the Office of the President; the Institute on the Environment; the School of Public Health; and the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. Her presentation will be streamed live at http://www.livestream.com/umntv and will be recorded for future viewing.

The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required by Monday, Jan. 16, at http://jacksonumn.eventbrite.com. On the day of the event, check-in will begin at 10:30 a.m. Seating is limited and determined on a first-come basis. Parking is available for a fee in the East River Parkway garage.


Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson