Friday, January 12, 2007

William K. Reilly Initiated Environmental Justice at EPA

When representatives from the environmental justice movement met with then EPA Administrator Bill Reilly, right, we were pleasantly surprised to find a friend. Not only a friend but a man very serious about environmental justice. It was under his watch that an EPA EJ office was started. He established the foundation for Presidential Excutive Order 12898 issued from the Clinton administration. For those of us there, you will remember that he received a standing ovation from every EJ rep in the room at our final meeting. It is not widely known that he also personally contributed financially to the environmental justice movement. His will be some very big shoes to fill.

William K. Reilly is Founding Partner of Aqua International Partners, a private equity fund dedicated to investing in companies engaged in water and renewable energy. Aqua, based in San Francisco, is part of the the Texas Pacific Group. Mr. Reilly has served as the Payne Visiting Profesor at Stanford University (1993-1994). Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1989-1993), and President of the World Wildlife Fund (1985-1989). He was head of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Earth Summit at Rio in 1992. Mr. Reilly is Chairman of the Board of the World Wildlife Fund, Co-Chair of the National Commission on Energy Policy, Chair of the Advisory Board for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Goldman School of Public Policy as the University of California at Berkely, and a Director of the Packard Foundation, the National Geographic Society, and the American Academy in Rome. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Dupont, ConocoPhilips, and Royal Caribbean International. He holds a B.A. degree from Yale, J.D. from Harvard, and M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

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