CWN Participates in White House Women & Environment Conference
The White House hosted a very exciting and well attended Women and the Environment Conference for woman leaders in the environmental field. Participants came from across the country and from a wide range of occupations including bankers, social workers, environmentalists, attorneys and even a race car driver. Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, and Chief of Staff to the First Lady, Tina Tchen, kicked off the event. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson gave inspiring opening and closing remarks. The President's Deputy assistant for energy and climate change, Heather Zichal gave an update on the Administration's energy work. CWN's Natalie Roy attended the event and break out sessions. Acting Assistant Administrator of Water Nancy Stoner (and former CWN Board Member and Wetweather workgroup co-chair) participated on one of the panels. Top left picture is of Natalie Roy, EPA's Region 4 (Southeast) Administrator Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming & Tranae Jones from Jack and Jill of America.
Other senior EPA officials who spoke at the event in addition to Nancy Stoner and Gwendolyn Keyes were Gina McCarthy, EPA's Assistant Administrator for Air, Bicky Gorman, EPA Deputy Association Administrator, Office of Policy, Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator of OECA, Judith Enck, EPA Region 2 Administrator, Barbara Bennet, Chief Financial Officer at EPA, Michelle DePass- Associate Administrator - Office of International & Tribal Affairs and Sarah Hospodor-Pallone, Deputy Associate Administrator - Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Relations. Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality gave closing remarks in addition to Administrator Jackson.