Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to speak for Global Engagement Lecture Series

Yixuan Xie

Gina McCarthy, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency for the Obama Administration, will speak in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28.

McCarthy will be a distinguished speaker for Global Engagement Lecture Series hosted by Office of International Programs at Colorado State University, addressing topics of sustainability, world health and climate change.


Shauna DeLuca, assistant director of Global Co-Curricular Initiatives for the Office of International Programs, said it is imperative for CSU as a world-class, global university to engage with prominent leaders from around the world.

“By bringing the world to CSU, we can create a community that is better informed and more prepared to address the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century,” DeLuca wrote in an email to the Collegian.

McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common sense strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than thirty years.

As the head of EPA from 2013-2017, she led the progress to achieve the Obama administration’s public health and environmental protection goals and Climate Action Plan, according to the Office of International Programs. In 2015, McCarthy signed the Clean Power Plan, which set the first-ever national standards for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants, underscoring the country’s commitment to domestic climate action and spurring international efforts that helped secure the Paris Climate Agreement.

In addition to being EPA administrator, McCarthy currently serves as a senior fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and as a Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel senior leadership fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

DeLuca wrote that hosting the event will add tremendous value to faculty, students and community at CSU.

“CSU is home to world-renowned leaders in climate change, sustainability, and environmental health,” DeLuca wrote. “Research in these areas touches all seven colleges at the university.”

Additional support for the event has been provided by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Residence Life, Women in Natural Sciences, First National Bank, Vice President for University Operations, Associated Students of CSU, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, KUNC, Colorado School of Public Health at CSU, the President’s Sustainability Commission and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Lory Student Center box office or online at

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