Gina McCarthy, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, will speak at Colorado State University on Wednesday, February 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common sense strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than thirty years. As the head of EPA under President Obama, she led historic progress to achieve the administration’s public health and environmental protection goals and Climate Action Plan.
The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Lory Student Center box office and online at csutix.com.
The event is hosted by the Office of International Programs with additional support provided by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Residence Life, Women in Natural Sciences, First National Bank, Vice President for University Operations, Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU), Department of Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences, KUNC, Colorado School of Public Health at CSU, the President’s Sustainability Commission, and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability.
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A career public servant in both Democratic and Republican administrations, Gina McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common sense strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than thirty years. As the head of EPA under President Obama, she led historic progress to achieve the administration’s public health and environmental protection goals and Climate Action Plan. In 2015, McCarthy signed the Clean Power Plan, which set the first-ever national standards for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants, underscoring the country’s commitment to domestic climate action and spurring international efforts that helped secure the Paris Climate Agreement. During her tenure, EPA initiatives cut air pollution, protected water resources, reduced greenhouse gases and strengthened chemical safety to better protect more Americans, especially the most vulnerable, from negative health impacts. Internationally, McCarthy worked with the UN and WHO on a variety of efforts and represented the U.S. on global initiatives to reduce high risk sources of pollution. Known for her pragmatic approaches and disarming, plain-speaking style, McCarthy has earned the respect of the environmental, public health and business communities with her thorough understanding of all sides of climate, air quality, chemical safety, environmental justice and health equity, and water, land and natural resource protection and restoration discussions.
Before joining EPA, she served five Massachusetts Democratic and Republican administrations and was Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. She joined EPA in 2009 as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. In 2013, she was chosen by President Obama to spearhead his climate efforts at the federal level as EPA Administrator.