SPEA Celebrates 35 Years of the EPA with William Ruckelshaus
SPEA marked the 35th anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency with a spring symposium and celebration featuring William D. Ruckelshaus, the first and fifth head of EPA, who spoke to a standing-room-only audience on “Sustaining Environmental Protection in the Face of Population and Economic Growth: Can We Do It?” after introductory comments by Dean Astrid E. Merget and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.
“In marking the 35th anniversary of the U.S. EPA, all of us are struck by its resonance with the mission of our own school here at Indiana University,” noted Dean Merget. “In many ways, EPA and SPEA have evolved on complementary paths—soulmates, if you will, in mission and development. Perhaps the person who personifies all the values that SPEA extols—smart policy, sound science, and stronger communities—is our honored guest and featured speaker, Bill Ruckelshaus.”
Ruckelshaus’s lecture was followed by both an audience-participation question-and-answer period and a roundtable discussion moderated by SPEA professor Jim Barnes, who also served as deputy administrator of EPA under Ruckelshaus during his second stint in that position in the 1980s. The discussion panel included Marcus Peacock, who currently serves as deputy administrator at EPA; Dr. Bernard Goldstein, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; and Paul Portney, dean of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. The lively dialogue covered everything from the differences between environmental policy in the U.S. and Europe to the economics involved in global climate change.
With more than 300 students attending the lecture and discussion sessions, the occasion afforded some of the country’s future environmental and policymaking leaders a stellar opportunity to learn from the field’s trailblazers.
Corporate sponsorship for the event was provided by Cummins and Duke Energy.