ACES To Host Former Head of EPA

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Former Head of EPA Gina McCarthy to Speak on

Climate Change and Environmental Protection in Aspen

ACES hosts Harvard professor at free Jessica Catto Dialogue lecture on August 7th

Aspen, Colorado, July 26, 2018 — On Tuesday, August 7th, ACES will welcome Harvard professor and former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to speak on “The Future of the Planet: Climate Change & Environmental Protection.” This lecture will be ACES’ second Jessica Catto Dialogue of the summer and feature McCarthy’s passion and vast wealth of knowledge gained from over 30 years as a public servant. The event will take place at 6PM at the Hotel Jerome ballroom and is free and open to the public.

Respected Voice on the Interconnect of Public Health & Environmental Protection

A passionate advocate for sustainability, Gina McCarthy is one of the world’s most respected voices on the critical interconnection between the environment and global public health. McCarthy served as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Obama, leading historic progress in public health and environmental protection. Now, as a professor at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, she champions common-sense strategies that protect the environment and public health while fostering economic growth.

During McCarthy’s tenure, EPA initiatives cut air pollution, protected water resources, reduced greenhouse gases, and strengthened chemical safety to better protect more Americans from negative health impacts. 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. According to McCarthy,

“I’m very proud that under my watch, EPA took strong domestic actions to address climate change in ways that delivered significant public health benefits to American families, protected our precious natural resources, and allowed our economy to thrive and jobs to grow.”

Known for her pragmatic approaches and disarming, plain-speaking style, McCarthy has earned the respect of the environmental, public health, and business communities. A gifted communicator and strategist with a talent for making environmental issues nonpartisan, highly personal, and solidly backed by science and the law, McCarthy is consistently credited with finding common ground and forging sustainable solutions.

“There is no more important time in our country’s history than now to understand how we can solve the environmental challenges we face,” said Chris Lane, CEO of ACES. “These challenges have both economic and human health implications for all Americans.”

“Whether it be species extinction, air and water quality impacts on human and ecosystem health, or the various impacts from climate change, we must come together as a country to address these issues. Gina McCarthy can address these topics in a non-polarizing way,” said Lane.

ACES’ Jessica Catto Dialogues honor the environmental legacy of Jessica Hobby Catto through a speaker series featuring visionary thinkers and doers from all realms of environmental concerns. The series is supported by the Catto Charitable Foundation in Jessica’s memory.


Tuesday, August 7th, 2018


Cost, Free

Hotel Jerome Ballroom

330 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611

RSVP and more information at


Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), a non-partisan, non-profit organization, provides enriching environmental literacy programs for kids, teens, and adults as well as community and business leaders. With four locations between Aspen and Carbondale, ACES offers year-round programs focused on science, ecology, natural history, stewardship, forest health, sustainable agriculture, civic leadership, and more. ACES is a Charity Navigator 4-star non-profit, the highest level of ranking from America’s premier charity evaluator. For more information and a full listing of ACES offerings, visit