Professor Eileen Gauna Joins White House Environmental Forum

Eileen GaunaProfessor Eileen Gauna (`85) joined cabinet secretaries and other national leaders at an invitation-only White House Forum on Environmental Justice on Dec. 15. Gauna was a member of a panel that discussed the "Legal Framework for Environmental Justice," led off by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Additional Obama Administration officials participating in the discussion were: Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality; Lisa Jackson, administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency; Hilda Solis, secretary of Labor; Steven Chu, secretary of Energy; Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services; Ken Salazar, secretary of Interior and Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security.

The day-long event brought together environmental justice community leaders, state, local and tribal government officials, cabinet members and other senior federal officials for a discussion on creating a healthy and sustainable environment in the United States. The forum also offered an opportunity for the environmental justice community to speak with officials from federal departments and agencies who are engaged in this effort. The forum took place at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Gauna has written about and worked extensively on environmental justice matters, and has co-authored Environmental Justice: Law, Policy and Environmental Protection, a widely used casebook in the area. She is a member of the EPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), the Environmental Justice Committee of the American Bar Association's Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section and a member of the Environmental Justice Committee of the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy and Resources. She is also a member scholar at the Center for Progressive Regulation.

December 16, 2010