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Environmental sustainability issues are in the fore as societies and their governments think about climate change, as state legislators propose packaging or extended producer responsibility bills, and as shareholders demand action. Two experts from Covington & Burling, former EPA Administrator Carol Browner and former EPA General Counsel and White House advisory Gary Guzy, will provide their perspectives on how consumer healthcare companies of all shapes and sizes should think about approaches to environmental sustainability. Included will be: (1) A global review of evolving stakeholder interests and political dynamics. (2) How analogous industries are managing their sustainability goals. (3) Tips on navigating the intersections of FDA and EPA responsibilities.

Webinar Objectives

  • Better understand the global and political context in the evolution of environmental sustainability demands.
  • Learn about best practice approaches in developing sustainability goals, including from analogous industries.
  • Gain insights on thinking about how to approach the intersection of FDA and EPA mandates and requirements.


  • Carol M. Browner

    Carol M. Browner brings nearly four decades of experience advising on environmental and energy policies affecting global energy, environmental, public health, and business matters.
    She provides counsel to industry leaders in the energy, transportation, and consumer product sectors on regulatory matters, environmental impact issues, corporate sustainability approaches, and strategic partnership development to advance clean energy, environmental, social, and governance (ESG), and other business priorities.

    Carol served as Assistant to President Barack Obama and Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, where she oversaw the coordination of environmental, energy, climate, transport, and related policy across the U.S. federal government. During her tenure, the White House secured the largest investment ever in clean energy and established the national car policy that included both new automobile fuel efficiency standards and first ever greenhouse gas reduction standards.

    Carol is the longest serving Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), during the Clinton-Gore Administration. As Administrator, she adopted the most stringent air pollution standards in U.S. history; set the first fine particle clean air standard; and spearheaded the reauthorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act, as well as the Food Quality Protection Act. Carol was known for working with both environmentalists and industry to set science-based public health protections while providing businesses important flexibilities in how to meet those standards.

  • Gary Guzy

    Gary Guzy brings thirty-five years of experience in environmental law, regulation, and public policy. He provides counsel to industry leaders in the transportation, energy, technology, and consumer sectors on emerging environmental and clean energy issues. Gary co-chairs the firm’s Energy industry group.
    Gary served as Deputy Director and General Counsel of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). In this position, he helped develop and guide the Obama Administration’s environmental, public health, and clean energy agenda. He spearheaded negotiations that achieved the Obama Administration’s agreement to double motor vehicle fuel efficiency standards and significantly cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Gary also led CEQ’s efforts to modernize permitting and environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

    Gary served as General Counsel of the EPA and Counselor to the EPA Administrator during the Clinton Administration. He was a member of the Administrator’s senior policy team, setting regulatory, legislative, and communications strategy. He also authored climate change opinions that were later ratified by the U.S. Supreme Court in its landmark decision finding that greenhouse gases are pollutants under federal law.

February 9, 2022
Wed 2:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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