Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
EPA Administrator Visits California and Las Vegas
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson visited California and Las Vegas in January. In San Francisco, she presented a Children’s Environmental Health award, toured the city’s new LEED-Platinum Public Utilities Commission building, and spoke on Innovation and the Environment at an event hosted by Microsoft and Silicon Valley’s Churchill Club. In Las Vegas, she participated in panel discussions on environmental issues at the International Consumer Electronics Show.
At UC San Francisco, the University of California medical school, Administrator Jackson recognized Dr. Jeanne Conry, MD, PhD, an obstetrician from Roseville, Calif. for advancing children’s environmental health by promoting better prenatal and preconception care. While prenatal exposures to toxics are known as a key risk factor for infancy and childhood health, there was little focus on pregnancy as an opportunity for prevention. Over the past three years, Dr. Conry has made environmental health a key new emphasis for the obstetrics community, and has helped make chemical exposures a priority for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Administrator Jackson also joined EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld on a tour of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's new LEED-Platinum-certified headquarters building. The 277,000-square-foot building at 525 Golden Gate Ave. has a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. Key sustainability features include photovoltaic power, low-flow toilets, and on-site wastewater treatment. The building consumes 32% less energy, 60% less water, has an overall carbon footprint 50% less than similarly-sized buildings.
At the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Administrator Jackson participated in a day of panel discussions on the industry’s environmental issues, from packaging to e-waste.