October 4, 2000 Geneva, NY – Carol M. Browner, a member of President Clinton's Cabinet and administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since 1993, will discuss “Future Challenges Facing the Environment and Public Health” at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 16, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Browner, who oversees the agency's $7.6 billion budget and 18,000 employees, is the third guest this year in the President's Forum series sponsored by HWS President Mark D. Gearan. The event is free and open to the public.
In the past seven years, Browner has redefined the role of EPA Administrator, partnering with business leaders, community advocates, and government officials to promote solutions to the nation's most pressing environmental and public health challenges. Most recently, she worked with the auto industry, governors, and public health advocates to develop new clean air standards for cars, sports utility vehicles, and gasoline.
To protect the public from toxic waste, Browner accelerated the clean up of hazardous waste sites-instituting innovative reforms to make the process more efficient for businesses and communities. These actions have resulted in more than three times the number of Superfund waste site clean ups in the last seven years than in the entire history of the program.
In addition, Browner created the Brownfields program to clean up and redevelop abandoned, contaminated urban properties. She has worked closely with Congress to build bi-partisan support to pass two pivotal modern environmental laws — the landmark Food Quality Protection Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. Browner created the first EPA Office of Children's Health Protection, the new Office of Environmental Information, and the Office of Reinvention.
Prior to coming to EPA, Browner served as the Secretary of Florida's Department of Environmental Regulation. Earlier, she served as legislative director to then-Senator Albert Gore, Jr. and served on the staff of then-Senator Lawton Chiles. Browner has received numerous honors and distinctions for her public service. Most recently, she received The American Lung Association's prestigious President's Award. She has also received the “Lifetime Environmental Achievement Award” from the New York State Bar Association, and more. Browner holds an undergraduate and law degree from the University of Florida.
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