EPA'S McCarthy To Address Mass Audubon Annual Meeting This Friday
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will be the keynote speaker at Mass Audubon’s Annual Meeting this Friday, November 7 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the respected conservation organization has announced.
McCarthy, a Bay State native who grew up in the Boston suburb of Canton, is the nation’s chief environmental officer, and a specialist in air quality and other public health issues. Previous to being named Administrator by President Obama in 2013, she had served as EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation since 2009.
Before being called to Washington, McCarthy was Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and worked in several government capacities here in Massachusetts, including as Undersecretary in the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.
In response to growing climate change challenges, the EPA Administrator has been the point person on proposals to raise vehicle fuel efficiency standards and tighten emissions on coal-fired power plants. Both regulatory initiatives are designed to slow the release of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
“We have a moral obligation to our children and future generations to reduce the severe impacts of climate change like rising sea levels, which will disproportionately impact coastal communities in Massachusetts,” said EPA Administrator McCarthy.
“Not only will EPA actions to curb carbon pollution through the Clean Power Plan and new fuel standards combat climate change, they will encourage economic growth, spur innovation in our energy sector, and improve public health for all of our communities.”
Her participation at the 118th Annual Meeting of Mass Audubon reaffirms the link between federal environmental policy and citizens at the community level, said Henry Tepper, President of the 100,000-member organization.
“Mass Audubon shares EPA Administrator McCarthy’s commitment to a healthy environment for all people, especially as climate change—and how it will impact all of us—becomes the overarching issue of our time,” Tepper said. “Sound conservation remains a key to our collective quality of life, and we applaud her efforts and those of the agency she leads to support that vision.”
The Annual Meeting featuring the EPA Administrator’s address will be open to the public, beginning at 6 p.m. Visit www.massaudubon.org/annualmeeting for more information and to RSVP.
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.