Lisa Jackson will discuss her pivotal environmental roles, currently at Apple and while previously serving in the Obama administration, on Tuesday, April 22, when she gives the second annual Stephen H. Schneider Memorial Lecture at Stanford University in honor of the Stanford professor and world-renowned climate scientist who died in 2010.

Jackson, who currently serves as Vice President of Environmental Initiatives at Apple and formerly was Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will speak on “The Private Sector as Public Servant,” highlighting her journey from government to Apple and what happens when one of the world’s most innovative companies takes on some of the world’s most troubling environmental issues.

Appointed by Barack Obama in 2009 to head the U.S. EPA, Jackson focused on reducing greenhouse gases, protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination and expanding outreach to communities on environmental issues. In her present role at Apple, where she reports directly to CEO Tim Cook, she oversees Apple’s efforts to minimize its impact on the environment, including removing toxics from products, incorporating renewable energy in its facilities and raising the bar for energy efficiency in the electronics industry.

The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium on the Stanford campus. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Stanford students need only show their Stanford identification card to be admitted. All others, including postdoctoral fellows, should contact the Stanford Ticket Office at or (650) 725-2787 or at Tresidder Union from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The lecture is being given in honor of Stephen H. Schneider, who was a leader in science communication and a world expert on interdisciplinary climate science. At the time of his death, he was the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute. His most recent work centered on communicating the possible risks, vulnerabilities and impacts of climate change to ensure that leaders were sufficiently informed to apply smart risk management strategies in climate-policy decision making. Schneider founded the interdisciplinary journal Climatic Change and continued to serve as its editor-in-chief until his death. He consulted with federal agencies and/or White House staff in every U.S. presidential administration since the Nixon era. He was an author of the first four assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. A video about Schneider may be seen here.

Memorial Auditorium is located at 551 Serra Mall on the Stanford campus. The free Marguerite shuttle can be taken from downtown Palo Alto or either of Caltrain’s two Palo Alto stations to Serra Mall. Shuttle information is available here. For parking information, visit the "Plan Your Visit" site.