Former EPA administrator Carol Browner discusses environmental policy and the work of the Environmental Protection Agency

Carol M. Browner, who served as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama from 1993 to 2001, engaged in a wide-ranging conversation about U.S. environmental policy and the EPA’s regulatory work with Michael Vandenbergh, who co-directs the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, in Flynn Auditorium Sept. 19. Their hour-long discussion was the inaugural Distinguished Lecture on Climate Change Governance, made possible by the Sally Shallenberger Brown EELU Program Fund, endowed in 2021 by Martin Shallenberger Brown ’92.

Browner drew on her nearly four decades of experience advising on environmental and energy policies affecting global energy, the environment and public health to discuss current action on climate change, including the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act, with Vandenbergh, who worked as Browner’s chief of staff at the EPA early in his career.

Browner currently serves a senior of counsel attorney at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. Before joining C&B, she was a senior counselor in the sustainability practice of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm.