Aspen institute celebrates 40 years of EPA

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This morning the Aspen Institute hosted a conversation with US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to kick-off a week-long commemoration of EPA's 40th Anniversary. The 10 ways EPA has strengthened America discussed this morning were the product of a roundtable convened earlier in November by the Aspen Institute. Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson led a lively discussion with Administrator Jackson.

Walter Isaacson said, 'EPA's 40th anniversary is a time to celebrate the Agency and the important work it has accomplished over the course of its existence. EPA has left indelible marks on business and society and has made the world a better place. We are proud to have recognized their accomplishments.'

'For 40 years EPA has led our country's efforts to protect the air we breathe, water that we drink, and land where we build our communities,' EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. 'I'm proud the Aspen Institute has drawn together a distinguished group of people involved in this cause, including individuals who represent different perspectives and different approaches, to recognize and highlight some of the important ways EPA has protected and strengthened America. These are accomplishments we are using, along with many others, to guide our work for the next 40 years and beyond.'

For more information, the list of the 10 ways EPA has strengthened America, and video from the conversation with Administrator Jackson, visit http://www.aspeninstitute.org/events/2010/11/29/epa-40-conversation-administrator-lisa-p-jackson.

For more information about the EPA's 40th anniversary, visit www.epa.gov/40th/.

The Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program provides nonpartisan leadership and a neutral forum for constructive dialogue on complex policy issues in the areas of energy and environmental policy. The unique ability of the Aspen Institute to gather participants representing a rich diversity of perspectives combined with an informal atmosphere and a strict not-for-attribution rule fosters candid exchanges and creative thinking.

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has an international network of partners.

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