Contact: John Bianchi 212/979-3026 jbianchi@xxxxxxxxxxx Carol Browner elected National Audubon Society CHAIR Former Head of the Environmental Protection Agency Is First Woman to Lead Audubon Board New York, NY, June 26, 2003 - Carol M. Browner, the longest serving administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has been elected chair of the National Audubon Society Board of Directors. Browner will be the first woman to chair Audubon, and is one of few women to hold such a position at a major conservation organization. "It is truly a privilege to help lead such a distinguished organization," Browner said at the announcement of her election. "Audubon has been at the forefront of environmental issues since the turn of the century when two determined women founded the first Audubon Chapter. Today, it is again leading the way, educating a whole new generation of Americans about the need to protect bird and wildlife habitat and to fight for clean water and clean air." Browner will replace Donal C. O'Brien when he retires this fall after having served 12 years as Audubon Chair. Browner joined the Audubon Board in 2001 and currently oversees its Public Policy Committee. Browner served as EPA Administrator from 1993 to 2001. Throughout her tenure at the EPA, Browner was guided by the philosophy that safeguarding the environment meant protecting where people live and how they live. She 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 problems. Browner's efforts to protect and restore our environment range from the health of our children to wildlife habitats. Some of her many accomplishments include the strongest public health based clean air standards ever for soot and smog; tough new emission standards for cars, SUVs, diesel trucks, and buses; greatly expanded public right-to-know efforts; as well as significantly increased funding and strengthened standards for clean water and polluted runoff. She accelerated the clean-up of hazardous waste sites, which resulted in more than three times the number of Superfund clean-ups than in the entire history of the program; she created the successful Brownfields program to reclaim and redevelop abandoned, contaminated urban properties; and she worked closely with Congress to pass two pivotal environmental laws -- the landmark Food Quality Protection Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. Browner also created the EPA's first Office of Children's Health Protection; the new Office of Environmental Information, the American Indian Environmental Office, the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, and the Office of Reinvention. "Carol Browner is one of the outstanding conservationists of our time," said Audubon President John Flicker. "Again and again she has led the way in fighting to protect America's great natural heritage." "I grew up near the Everglades, where I learned to love birds and wildlife," Browner said. "I developed a passion for protecting this incredible natural resource and very early on learned of Audubon's many decades of experience in fighting for Everglades conservation. In a sense, I feel I have come full circle and look forward to helping lead this organization as it addresses the many environmental challenges of the 21st century." Browner's history of working with community and grass roots leaders will strengthen Audubon's Chapter and volunteer efforts, while building new constituencies In the year 2000, Audubon announced a major new initiative, called the "2020 Vision," designed to significantly expand the number of people engaged in conservation activities. Key to the program is the building of a network of Audubon nature centers in cities and towns throughout the U.S., many in underprivileged areas. "Carol will chair Audubon at a very important time in its history as it pursues a new vision to enlarge the conservation movement across the country," Flicker continued. "In taking up the standard from Donal O'Brien, who was instrumental in launching this vitally important initiative, Carol will help guide us as we seek to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences." The National Audubon Society is one of the oldest and most respected conservation organizations in the United States. Founded in 1905 and headquartered in New York City, it has more than 500,000 members and volunteer activists, 500 Chapters, and offices in 27 states. Its staff in Washington, DC is noted for its environmental policy work. The organization's science group manages hundreds of bird and habitat conservation programs in the U.S. and Latin America. "I am particularly attracted to Audubon because of its commitment to expand conservation constituencies across the country and engage diverse communities. Audubon is working hard to change the face of conservation to reflect the diverse face of America," she said. Prior to leading the EPA, she was head of the Department of Environmental Regulation in Florida. Browner had also served on the staffs of Senators Albert Gore, Jr. and Lawton Chiles. She is currently a principle at The Albright Group, global strategy firm, and is a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute's Program on Energy, the Environment and the Economy. Browner was the recipient of the American Lung Association's prestigious President's Award in 2000. She has also been honored with the Mother of the Year Award from the National Mother's Day Committee, the Advocate for Children Award from the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, and Glamour magazine's Woman of the Year honor. In 1998, Audubon of Florida gave Ms. Browner the Guy M. Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award for her work on restoration of the Everglades. Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. 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