Ex-EPA chief hired by Apple for top environmental job

Ex-EPA chief hired by Apple for top environmental job

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

While Gina McCarthy continues to be in a fight to be confirmed the next director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the last one has landed a plum gig with Apple.

The computer giant has hired Lisa Jackson, the last EPA director, to be its vice president of environmental initiatives, a move that was welcomed by environmental groups that had been critical of the company. "Apple has made a bold move in hiring Lisa Jackson, a proven advocate with a track record of combating toxic waste and the dirty energy that causes global warming, two of Apple's biggest challenges as it continues to grow," said Greenpeace senior IT analyst Gary Cook in a statement.

Jackson says she has high hopes for the position. Apple has shown how innovation can drive real progress by removing toxics from its products, incorporating renewable energy in its data center plans, and continually raising the bar for energy efficiency in the electronics industry," Ms. Jackson told Politico in an e-mail. "I look forward to helping support and promote these efforts, as well as leading new ones in the future aimed at protecting the environment."

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