On November 16, the Harvard Environmental Law Program presented the 2016 Horizon Award for Environmental Leadership to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. The Harvard Environmental Law Program presents the Horizon Award each year to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to environmental law and policy. Past awardees include Justice Stevens, Bruce Babbitt, Lisa Jackson, and Frances Beinecke.
In her introduction of Administrator McCarthy, Professor Jody Freeman discussed the incredible achievements of the EPA in the last 8 years, from doubling fuel economy standards to designing the groundbreaking Clean Power Plan to limit power plant emissions. On a personal note, Freeman praised McCarthy’s sense of humor and noted her love of cooking shows and the Boston Red Sox. Presenting the award, Gina Angiolillo (J.D. 2018) thanked McCarthy for her leadership, saying, “As an environmental law student, Administrator McCarthy’s unwavering energy and optimism—and love of the Red Sox—is both inspiring and sustaining.” Boston Red Sox Vice President and Harvard Law alumni David Freidman was also on hand to celebrate McCarthy’s accomplishments and congratulate her on behalf of the team.
In her remarks, Administrator McCarthy discussed the landmark accomplishments of her tenure at EPA, crediting her “remarkable” and hardworking team. She offered a hopeful message about the survival of those accomplishments in the new administration, saying, “We will continue to move forward. Our work is solid and will last.” Administrator McCarthy also encouraged students from across the university in attendance to consider careers in public service.