Former EPA Admin Joins Apple Inc.

Lisa Jackson, former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, landed a new gig at Apple. Jackson will be primarily responsibly for helping the company maximize environmental sustainability.

Via the Huffington Post:

Jackson will coordinate environmental practices for the company, All Things D reported. “Apple has shown how innovation can drive real progress by removing toxics from its products, incorporating renewable energy in its data center plans, and continually raising the bar for energy efficiency in the electronics industry,” she told Politico in an email.

Apple’s 2012 environmental report showed all of the company’s data centers, and 75 percent of all facilities, were powered by renewable energy. Yet Apple’s overall estimated greenhouse gas emissions rose 34 percent between 2011 and 2012. Apple explains 98 percent of its carbon footprint comes from “the manufacturing, transportation, use and recycling,” of its products.

Jackson stepped down from her role as EPA chief in February, after serving for four years.