Lisa Jackson, Global Environmental Activist
Recipient of the 2013 Sam Rose '58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism
Lisa Jackson, was presented with The Sam Rose '58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism on May 29, 2013. She is the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was named one of Newsweek's Most Important People in 2010; was featured on Time magazine's 2010 and 2011 lists of the 100 Most Influential People in the World; was listed in Essence magazine's 40 Women Who Have Influenced the World; was profiled in O magazine for her work to protect the nation's air, water and land from pollution that threatens human health.
Jackson conducted a residency at Dickinson on September 26 & 27, 2013. During this time she served on a special panel on Citizenship and Partisanship for the inauguration of Dickinson's 28th President, Dr. Nancy Roseman. She also conducted a public conversation, visit classes, meet with student organization, and participate in small group discussion with faculty and student leaders.
Check out the news story, How to Change the World, about her energizing residency. Watch this video about what Lisa had to say about Dickinson's sustainability initiative.
Lisa Jackson is Apple's vice president of Environmental Initiatives, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Jackson oversees Apple's industry-leading efforts to minimize its impact on the environment, including removing toxics from its products, incorporating renewable energy in its facilities and continually raising the bar for energy efficiency in the electronics industry.
Jackson previously served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and her career in public service spanned over 25 years. She was appointed EPA Administrator by President Barack Obama in 2009 and served until February 2013. As Administrator, she focused on core issues of reducing greenhouse gases, protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination and expanding outreach to communities on environmental issues. Prior to this, she was Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine and Commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.
In recognition of her work, Jackson has been listed twice on Time Magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” and was named one of Essence Magazine’s “40 Women Who Have Influenced the World.”
Jackson earned a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University, along with a master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. She also holds an honorary law degree from Pace Law School, and honorary doctorate degrees from Tulane University, Florida A&M University, American University and Montclair State University.
Lisa Jackson accepts award on May 19, 2013 (left) & conducts campus residency September 26-27, 2013 (right).