EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Spoke at Duke, Dec. 6

DURHAM, N.C. – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, a member of President Obama’s cabinet, will discuss current EPA policies and recent Congressional challenges to environmental laws in a conversation at Duke University’s Reynolds Theater at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. 

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Advance tickets are available at the Duke box office in the Bryan University Center. 

Jackson’s talk is the 2011 Duke Environment and Society Lecture, sponsored by the Nicholas School of the Environment. 

A Q&A with audience members will follow. Advance questions can be submitted tojacksonqanda@nicholas.duke.edu.

“A hallmark of Lisa Jackson‘s tenure has been her unwavering commitment to give all stakeholders a voice in the decision-making process,” says William L. Chameides, dean of the Nicholas School. “We are honored that she is making time to speak to members of the Duke community, meet with our students, and share her vision.” 

Jackson, the first African-American to serve as EPA administrator, was named one of Newsweek’s“Most Important People in 2010” and was included in Time magazine’s 2010 and 2011 lists of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Jackson, who leads a staff of 18,000 professionals, has pledged to focus on core issues: protecting air and water quality, reducing greenhouse gases, and preventing exposure to toxic contamination in communities. She has promised that EPA’s efforts will follow the best science, adhere to the rule of law, and be implemented with unparalleled transparency. 

The Dec. 6 talk is part of a series instituted in 2009 by Chameides to bring to Duke major thought leaders to speak on environmental topics of significant social import. Past speakers have included former Vice President Al Gore Jr. and energy visionary Amory Lovins. 

Reynolds Theater is in the Bryan Center. Ticketed overflow seating with live video will be in Griffith Theater. Paid parking is available in the Bryan Center deck. There are charges associated with online ticket reservation and will call through the Duke box office. 

NOTE TO MEDIA: Administrator Jackson will be available for media questions following her talk and Q&A. Media planning to cover Jackson’s talk and press availability must register by Dec. 5 with the Nicholas School’s Scottee Cantrell or Tim Lucas, or with Davina Marraccini, EPA Region 4 media specialist, at (404) 562-8293 or marraccini.davina@epa.gov. No media credentials will be issued at the door.