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EPA Administrator To Visit U-M Tuesday

EPA Administrator To Visit U-M Tuesday

EPA's Lisa Jackson will discuss the latest on national environmental policies and recent challenges to environmental laws.

Lisa Jackson, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's administrator, will be in Minneapolis next Tuesday, January 17, on the University of Minnesota campus.

She'll be giving a talk at Coffman Memorial Union Theater, 300 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis. Check-in is 10:30 a.m. The presentation is from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. It will be moderated by U-M professor Deborah Swackhamer, who is also co-director of the U-M Water Resources Center.

In her presentation, Jackson will address:

•The role of science in decision making-protecting our health and promoting a healthy economy

•Recent challenges to environmental laws

Jackson was appointed by President Obama as EPA Administrator in 2009. Jackson oversees a staff of more than 18,000 professionals who are working across the nation to usher in a green economy; address health threats from pollution in our air, water, and land; and renew the public's trust in the agency's work.

As a scientist herself, Jackson has vowed that EPA's efforts will use the best science as "the backbone for EPA programs." She has been featured on Time magazine's 2010 and 2011 lists of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."

Swackhamer is the Denny Chair in Science, Technology and Public Policy. She is also a professor of Environmental Health Sciences in School of Public Health. She currently serves as chair of the EPA's Chartered Science Advisory Board.

Registration is open now.

The event is open to the public but advanced reservations are required. Register by Monday, January 16, at  Space is limited.

Doors close promptly at 11 a.m. Seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis the day of the event. If you are unable to attend in person, the event will be streamed live at It also will be recorded for future viewing.

This event is presented by the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs' Center for Science, Technology & Public Policy, Water Resources Center, Office of the President, Institute on the Environment and the School of Public Health.

Source: U-M Water Resources Center
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