Apple Snaps Up Former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson

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May 29, 2013 6:14 a.m.

Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson confirmed to Politico on Tuesday night that she joined Apple as vice president of environmental initiatives.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Jackson’s hiring earlier Tuesday at All Things D’s annual D11 conference. While responding to a question on the government’s attention to the company’s tax dodging tactics, he transitioned to Apple’s environmental initiatives.

“When you get larger, you get more attention. It comes with the territory. We’re doing incredible work in the environment for example,” he said, according to a liveblog of the event. “We’ve been focused on that for a long time … eliminated toxins from all of our products, running data centers on 100% renewable energy, largest solar farm of any non-utility. Lisa Jackson is joining Apple…she recently left the EPA and will be coordinating efforts across the company. She’ll be reporting to me.”

The EPA’s first African-American chief announced her resignation at the end of last year. Jackson’s tenure had been plagued by backlash from a Republican majority in Congress that opposed her “job-killing regulations.”

Jackson told Politico she was “thrilled” to join the company.

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