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Attwood meets American environmental expert Frances Dubrowski

The Minister for the Environment, Alex Attwood MLA, today met Frances Dubrowski a leading American environmental expert.
Thursday, 26 May 2011

Ms Dubrowski has advised government agencies and not for profit organisations on environmental strategies. She has significantly influenced American environmental policies and established legal precedents in American courts.

Both recognised that the environment will provide the basis of a fundamental restructuring of the economy. Speaking after the meeting, the Minister emphasised that Northern Ireland is already at the forefront in respect of many of the new 'green technologies'.

The Minister stated: "I am committed to ensuring the environment delivers a better place for us all to live, work and invest in. We need to value our environment - it is one of our greatest assets. In these financially constrained times we need to make sure that we not only protect our environment for future generations but at the same time derive the maximum enjoyment and economic benefit from it.”

Speaking about the potential benefits of a new emphasis on the environment, the Minister continued: "Improved resource and energy efficiency will reduce waste and emissions, promote business efficiency, increase the use of sustainable energy, and help drive the development of an innovative and more sustainable green economy. Safeguarding our landscape and built features, our biological diversity and the quality of our environment will support agri-food, tourism, and leisure industries and promote good physical and mental health."

Ms Dubrowski responded: "I am delighted to have met Mr Attwood, the new Minister for the Environment. It is clear to me that the Minister sees the quality of the environment as a top priority for his Department, and that he recognises the value of Northern Ireland's environment which has a unique character and charm. I wish him and his team well as they move ahead on the challenging agenda which he is developing."

Notes to editors:

  1. Ms. Dubrowski has litigated precedent-setting cases before the U.S. Supreme and other federal and state courts; negotiated multi-party settlements in complex cases; testified frequently before Congress; drafted numerous legislative provisions; served on policy task forces; filed numerous rulemaking petitions, comments, and related judicial review proceedings; counselled government agencies; and managed press and public relations campaigns. She has taught environmental law at Georgetown University Law School as well as to domestic and foreign government officials, bar associations, unions, and nonprofits. Ms. Dubrowski served as Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defence Council (1978-1987) and as Assistant Attorney General for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (1973-1978) where she developed legal strategies for, and litigated on behalf of, one of the nation's first Environmental Strike Forces.
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