Former NJ Governor and EPA Chief Christine Todd Whitman at WWS March 4

Feb 26, 2004
Woodrow Wilson School






Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will present a public lecture entitled, “The Economics of Environmental Protection,” on Thursday, March 4 at the Woodrow Wilson School, at 4:30 p.m., in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Whitman served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2001-2003, during which time the President Bush's Clear Skies Initiative was introduced. Under her leadership, the EPA undertook aggressive efforts to fulfill its mission by cleaning up the Hudson River, protecting children from environmental health hazards, and requiring cleaner burning diesel engines and lower-sulfur diesel fuel to reduce emissions from America's dirtiest mobile sources.

Prior to leading the EPA, Whitman served as the 50th Governor of New Jersey – the first female ever to hold that position. She appointed New Jersey's first African American State Supreme Court Justice, its first female State Supreme Court Chief Justice, and its first female Attorney General. The state earned recognition by the Natural Resources Defense Council for instituting the most comprehensive beach monitoring system in the nation, and a new watershed management program was instituted.

Governor Whitman also won voter approval for the state's first stable funding source to preserve one million more acres of open space and farmland. By 2010, New Jersey – the most densely populated state in the country – will have permanently preserved 40 percent of its total landmass. Prior to becoming governor, Whitman headed the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and the Somerset County Board of Freeholders.

Whitman received her bachelor's degree in government from Wheaton College in Massachusetts in 1968.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. It is free and open to the public.



Christine Todd Whitman, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; former Governor of New Jersey