Yesterday the chief of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Lisa Jackson, held a town hall meeting at the UW to discuss growth of green, sustainable jobs and the involvement of youth in the environmental movement.
Jackson gave a brief opening speech to a packed auditorium in the Fisheries Sciences building before answering students’ questions, some of which were posed the day before on social media websites.
The questions varied in content from the EPA’s involvement with native tribes to the connections between environmental issues and mental health concerns.
One question from an audience member asked what, specifically, UW students could do to better compete in the “green jobs market.”
Jackson said two criteria were important: Making sure students’ voices are heard and maintaining environmentally friendly values even in typically non-environmentally friendly situations.