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 protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.
Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.