Janet McCabe has been appointed a professor of practice at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She is a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air administrator. McCabe served as principal deputy and from 2013-2017 as acting assistant administrator, playing a lead role in framing, shaping and implementing Clean Air Act standards, including the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards and the Clean Power Plan and Ozone standards. A senior fellow at the Environmental Policy and Law Center in Chicago, she has taught Environmental Law as an adjunct professor at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Public Health.

McCabe previously served as executive director of Improving Kids’ Environment in Indianapolis and as assistant commissioner for the Office of Air Quality at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1980 and doctor of jurisprudence in 1983. 

McCabe’s new appointment is part of the IU Grand Challenges Prepared for Environmental Change initiative. As assistant director for policy and implementation at the newly-created Environmental Resilience Institute, she will focus on making the connection between Indiana’s local officials and businesses and the resources and tools to be developed through the Institute’s research and projects, to enhance Indiana’s efforts to be resilient in the face of environmental change.

In 2017, IU President Michael A. McRobbie announced a $55 million investment to help Indiana develop actionable solutions that prepare businesses, farmers, communities and individual Hoosiers for the effects of ongoing environmental change. The initiative — Prepared for Environmental Change — is the second project funded through IU’s $300 million Grand Challenges Program, which launched in 2015.

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