Gina McCarthy, former EPA Chief, to speak in Mountain View on Tuesday, February 13

Top Obama-era environmental leader to discuss the state of environmental science, policy and our nation’s response to climate change

(Palo Alto, Calif.) — The Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) will host former EPA administrator and environmental policy expert Gina McCarthy for a lecture about where we actually stand on environmental science and policy in this era of climate change denial. The lecture will be at 8 PM, Tuesday February 13th at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts as part of POST’s annual Wallace Stegner Lectures. Tickets are $40 and are available at

Gina McCarthy was the administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency from 2013 to 2017 under President Barack Obama and is one of the leading national experts on climate change. During her years as administrator under President Obama, she led major progress in the public health and environmental protection goals, including signing the Clean Power Plan, first-ever national standards to reduce carbon emissions, and signing the Paris Climate Agreement. Currently she teaches a course at Harvard University titled “Environmental Leadership: Integrating Science, Public Policy, and Political Rhetoric.”

Gina is the second of three speakers to participate in this year’s Wallace Stegner Lectures. She is preceded by travel author and scientist Bill Bryson who will speak at a sold-out lecture on January 30th. She will be followed by indigenous land rights activist and economist Winona LaDuke on March 20th.

About the Wallace Stegner Lectures

POST’s Wallace Stegner Lectures, now in its 25th year, pays tribute to the conservation legacy of the late writer and conservationist Wallace Stegner—Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Stanford University professor and ardent spokesman for the West’s wild places. The late Ambassador Laurence W. Bill Lane and his late wife, Jean, sponsored the Wallace Stegner Lectures from their inception in 1993 and have endowed the series in perpetuity through The Bill and Jean Lane Endowment.

Additional series sponsorship is provided by Sand Hill Global Advisors, Noble & Lorraine Hancock, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation, Risk Strategies Company, Fenwick and West LLP, Pie Ranch and Alex Wang. Media sponsorship is provided by Embarcadero Media, publishers of Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice, The Almanac and Palo Alto Online.


About Peninsula Open Space Trust

POST is a leading private, nonprofit land trust that protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 75,500 acres as permanent open space and parkland in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

About Post

Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 86,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Learn more

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