Igniting Change for Real Food, Healthy People and a Vibrant Environment


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The executive director of Environmental Working Group (EWG) will speak Tuesday, April 28, on “Igniting Change for Real Food, Healthy People and a Vibrant Environment” at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus.

The 6:30 p.m. presentation is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

EWG’s Heather White is a nationally recognized expert on federal environmental law and policy.

EWG, a national environmental advocacy organization, uses original research to help individuals, businesses and governments make better decisions to protect public health and the environment.  

White has testified before Congress, briefed top congressional staff and met with senior White House officials on a wide range of issues, including toxic chemical pollution, water quality, energy policy, food safety and farm bill reform. Since 2009, she has served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center, where she has lectured on cosmetics law, FDA regulation, toxic chemicals, legislation and lobbying. White has been interviewed by numerous news organizations, among them The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, PBS News Hour, PBS: To the Contrary and The Dr. Oz Show

White graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she served as the managing editor of the Tennessee Law Review.  She studied at the University of Nairobi law school in Nairobi, Kenya. She was an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in environmental science. While in undergraduate school, White spent a year studying conservation biology at the University of Dunedin in Otago, New Zealand.

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