Cornell Audiences to Hear EPA Administrator Regan Talk About Environmental Justice
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan will speak at the Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School Institute for Public Affairs Spring Symposium Series on Feb. 10.
His talk, “Environmental Justice: A Government Perspective,” will begin at 5 p.m.; registration is mandatory. In the Zoom presentation, Regan will provide an overview of the EPA’s role in promoting equity and environmental justice in the agency’s practices, policies, and programs.
Hosted by the Institute of Public Affairs at the Brooks School, the conference is part of the Institute’s Colloquium, a series designed to connect Masters of Public Administration (MPA) students with cutting-edge public affairs practitioners. of the domain. The EPA administrator’s speech aligns with the Brooks School’s commitment to advancing knowledge in areas such as global sustainability and security as well as race, racism and politics.
“Administrator Regan’s distinguished career in environmental policy exemplifies the values we hope to cultivate in our community: efficiency, effectiveness and, above all, fairness,” said Thomas O’Toole, CEO of the ‘Institute. “And, at a time when hard truths are being raised around equity around the world, it is vitally important that our students understand the strategic planning and collaborative management skills needed to promote environmental justice.”
The talk and a Q&A session will be moderated by Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Associate Professor of Applied Economics and Policy at Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy and Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management .
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Michael S. Regan was sworn in as the 16th Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency on March 11, 2021, becoming the first black man and second person of color to lead the US EPA.
Regan is originally from Goldsboro, North Carolina where he developed a passion for the environment hunting and fishing with his father and grandfather, and exploring the vast lands, waters and interior coastal plain of North Carolina.
Prior to his appointment as EPA Administrator, Regan served as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), where he led the development and implementation of North Carolina’s founding plan to fight climate change and transition the state to a clean energy economy.
Previously, Regan served as Associate Vice President of Climate and Energy in the United States and Southeast Regional Director of the Environmental Defense Fund. He began his career at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, before becoming a National Program Manager responsible for designing strategic solutions with industry and business stakeholders to reduce air pollution, improve energy efficiency and combating climate change.
Regan graduated from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, making him the first EPA administrator to graduate from a historically black college and university. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University.