Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Carol M. Browner is the longest serving administrator in the history of the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She received the appointment
from President Bill Clinton in January, 1993, and was unanimously confirmed
by the U.S. Senate.
The EPA's mission is to protect public health and the environment by
safeguarding the nation's air, water, and land from harmful pollution.
Throughout her tenure, Browner has been guided by the philosophy that
safeguarding the environment means protecting where and how Americans live.
It means providing Americans with real everyday benefits -- fresh air to
breathe, clean water to drink, safe food to eat, revitalized communities.
In the last seven years, Browner has partnered with business leaders,
community advocates, and all levels of government to promote common-sense,
cost-effective solutions to the nation's most pressing environmental and
public health challenges.
Recognizing the connection between a healthy environment and a strong
economy, Browner created the successful Brownfields program to clean up and
redevelop abandoned, contaminated urban properties. Since its creation, the
Brownfields program has leveraged more than $1 billion in public and private
funds for redevelopment, created thousands of new jobs, and helped hundreds
of communities across the nation bring these idle properties back to
Browner worked closely with Congress to build broad bi-partisan support to
pass two pivotal modern environmental laws -- the landmark Food Quality
Protection Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Browner's career in public service spans more than two decades. Prior to her
work at EPA, Browner served as the secretary of Florida's Department of
Environmental Regulation. She also served as legislative director to
then-Senator Albert Gore, Jr. and served on the staff of then-Senator Lawton
Browner has received numerous honors and distinctions for her public
service. In February 2000, she received The American Lung Association's
(ALA) prestigious President's Award, recognizing her leadership on clean air
in what the ALA called, "the toughest action in a generation to safeguard
public health from the threats posed by air pollution." She has also
received the "Advocate for Children Award" from the Ambulatory Pediatric
Association, the "Mother of the Year Award" from the National Mother's Day
Committee, Glamour Magazine's "Woman of the Year Award," the South
Florida Chapter of the Audubon Society's "Guy M. Bradley Lifetime
Achievement Award," and the "Lifetime Environmental Achievement Award" from
the New York State Bar Association, among others.
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