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The UNM School of Law presents

An Engaging Evening With Gina McCarthy

Former Administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency

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April 25, 2018
UNM School of Law

  • 5:45 PM to 7:00 PM : Public Talk With Engaging Interactive Q&A UNM Law Forum

Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency leader Gina McCarthy will speak at the University of New Mexico School of Law Wednesday, April 25th. McCarthy, led the EPA from 2013 to 2017, during a period that included passage of the federal Climate Action Plan, the Clean Power Plan and the Paris Climate Agreement. She will address sustainability, world health and climate change at her talk beginning at 5:45pm in the law school Forum.

Former Administrator McCarthy is known for delivering lively and thought-provoking talks on ever important issues related to environmental protection, resources and climate change. She welcomes questions and engages fully on the issues. The law school is fortunate to have the opportunity to host an evening with her. The talk is free and open to the public, but attendees must register here online in advance. We anticipate this event will fill up quickly.

Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy

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.



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