Lisa Jackson

WASHINGTON D.C. — At this morning’s graduation ceremonies for American University’s School of Public Affairs Lisa Jackson, the commencement speaker and former head of the Environmental Protection Agency commended American students for their hard work on their fossil fuel divestment campaign, “I salute this school and it’s students for facing head on the issue of investments in fossil fuels and what that means to your individual futures."

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Power Shift TV had the pleasure of chatting it up with Dr. Michael Dorsey at the Rio+20 Conferences, in Brazil after talking along side EPA Administratior Lisa Jackson on environmental sustainability issues. Dr. Michael Dorsey is a Professor of Envirnomental Studies at Dartmouth College.  He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Yale and Johns Hopkins University. His current research focuses on the interplay of environmental governance and transnational institutions. In 1992 Dr. Dorsey served his country as the youngest member on the U.S. State Department delegation to the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development, the Earth Summit, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 20 years later he shares some of his thoughts on Detroit, Environmental Justice and Sustainability.

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Cross-posted from Through a Green Lens.

On Tuesday, the EPA officially announced its long-awaited rules on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants -- the first ever in U.S. history. According to the standards, new plants can emit no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt of electricity produced. Natural gas plants fall within this limit; coal plants do not.

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Last week, thirty-five of the best and brightest young leaders descended upon the nation’s capitol to deliver the grassroots demands and action that we’ve been organizing for months. From leading campaigns to move campuses beyond coal, to mobilizing against the Keystone XL pipeline, and hosting training and strategy sessions at our regional Power Shift conferences, these young people are leading in the grassroots, but last week they came to DC to be heard. And heard they were.

The first stop was a meeting with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to thank her for her leadership, and show our support for her continuing to lead on critical matters of the mercury ruling and the Keystone XL pipeline. In a packed room on Howard University’s campus, we had a frank discussion on the state of public health, and the challenges we face in protecting it. Tayla Tavor from Michigan shared how she was diagnosed with asthma when she was 3-years old, and now finds herself at Michigan State University fighting to retire the largest on-campus coal plant in the country, which continues to threaten her and her peers’ health.

Administrator Jackson shared our concerns about the impacts of dirty energy. "It's so important that your voices are heard, that campuses that are supposed to be teaching people aren't meanwhile polluting the surrounding community with mercury and costing the children a few IQ points because of the need to generate power. It's simply not fair," Jackson said. And she didn’t mince words about some of the challenges she faces in protecting the American people from big polluters. She slammed the GOP for putting the interests of the coal industry ahead of those of the American people.

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Thirty five top youth leaders will meet with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and White House Liaison to Young Americans Ronnie Cho today to thank Administrator Jackson for her leadership and discuss their concerns about a range of environmental issues, including the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

The delegation includes student representatives from universities across the country, as well as Energy Action Coalition, Greenpeace and Sierra Club representatives, will start the day with a roundtable meeting with Administrator Jackson at 10 a.m. at Howard University. Youth leaders will then make a visit to Capitol Hill before meeting with Cho, from the White House Office of Public Engagement

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After Power Shift there is ACTION in DC!! After facilitating at Power    Shift I was recruited to organize the iMatter march for DC and celebrate Mother Earth on Mother's day!

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Lisa Jackson wants to PUMP! You UP!

Were you on our National Pump Up Call with EPA Administrator and Power Shift 2011 keynote speaker Lisa Jackson Wednesday night? She joined youth leaders around the country, talking about the future of the EPA, clean energy in the US, and the role young people must play in the movement.

Lisa Jackson is no stranger to the climate fight. She has worked for the EPA for 16 years, and previously worked at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. She has been in the political hotseat for weeks, tenaciously defending the agency’s ability to regulate emissions and ensure accountability for those who threaten our clean air and water. Her work, like our work, is based on the facts, which she called “our strongest ally.” We have the truth on our side, and it will help us shift the debate.

Lisa Jackson answers your questions on Mercury and Air Toxics

Live Chat with Lisa JacksonThis morning, EPA Administrator (and Power Shift 2011 speaker!) Lisa P. Jackson sat down and took questions about the Mercury and Air Toxics Proposal from citizens, including some Green Corps and Power Shift organizers. [Watch the full-length video or read our highlights of the chat below.]

Yesterday, the EPA released a Mercury and Air Toxics Standards proposal -- the first to recommend national limits on mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel, and acid gasses emitted from coal and oil-powered plants.

By enacting this plan and regulating these toxics, the EPA estimates the plan will will prevent as many as 17,000 premature deaths and 11,000 heart attacks a year, as well as prevent 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms and about 11,000 fewer cases of acute bronchitis among children each year. It's one of the largest steps forward in protecting kids from toxic air pollution in a generation.

Lisa Jackson is coming to Power Shift! Are you?

Register today to stand with Lisa and the EPA against the Big Polluter funded attacksToday, we’re excited to announce our first keynote speaker for Power Shift 2011: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson!

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The movement for a clean and just energy future has many heroes, but few have been as tenacious and unyielding as Lisa Jackson has been in her mission to improve public health, advance environmental justice, and bring science back to the Environmental Protection Agency.

At Power Shift ‘09, she spoke to us as the first African American Administrator of the EPA – newly appointed by the first African American President – whose election, she told us, “changed the face of environmentalism.” After years of an EPA co-opted by polluters, Administrator Jackson promised us an EPA that would fight for us: “EPA, my friends, is back on the job… Science has been resurrected and it will guide our actions every single day.”