Established in 2008 to offer guidance to the Energy and Environment Program, the Commission brings together leading experts spanning the health, civil rights, business, academic and science fields to enhance African Americans’ awareness and understanding of climate change, energy and environmental issues and to advance their perspectives in critical policy forums.
While heading EPA from 2009 to 2013, Jackson made addressing environmental justice concerns a signature of her tenure and was known for forging collaborations to drive progress on the issue. Her accomplishments as the Agency’s Administrator included setting limits on mercury and other air toxics, an initiative that was supported by mayors from more than 90 cities across the U.S. In addition, standards to double automobile fuel efficiency standards, finalized under her watch, will save consumers more than $1.7 trillion dollars at the pump.
Danielle Deane, Director of the Joint Center Energy and Environment Program, commented, “We look forward to matching the energy and dedication of former Administrator Jackson as we work towards a future that is powered by clean energy and pays attention to the needs of the most vulnerable.” (Joint Center Press Release)
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses primarily on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color.