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June 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM

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EPA's Lisa P. Jackson: The future in brighter shades of green

Graduates in the University of Washington Class of 2012 and their families and friends are in for a treat at Saturday's commencement: a glimpse of the future in all its verdant potential. The learned guide is Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Jackson spoke Friday morning at a breakfast fundraiser for Climate Solutions, whose mission is to promote and accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming issues by galvanizing leadership and growing investments. The program said so. But Climate Solutions has thrived in the Northwest for 13 years because it delivers results and helps educate policymakers.

Jackson, a Princeton educated chemical engineer, is a scientist, manager, former director of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and President Obama's cabinet choice to run EPA. Jackson has pointed the nation toward tougher enforcement of greenhouse gas emissions and a doubling of auto fuel-efficiency standards by 2025. Here is an astute appraisal of Jackson's work and challenges ahead by EPA's first administrator William Ruckelshaus and K.C. Golden, policy director for Climate Solutions.

Jackson is an evident fan of the Northwest with its proven contributions to green hardware, software, sustainable practices, Boeing's efficient airplanes and sustainable urban design. As she notes, energy savings that stay in the region.

Jackson's insights about a green economy built to last combine experience, strength and wisdom. She is amazed the false choice persists between either a strong economy or a clean environment. The reality, says Jackson, is that contemporary risk assessments take into account both economic and environmental choices. Economic reforms that factor in efficiencies and sustainability, and the cost of environmental harm.

Jackson is about enduring change in the economy and the environment that transcends a movement or good intentions, and is part of how we live, work, grow and prosper.

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