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Jonathan Lash


Jonathan Lash is the former president of Hampshire College and former president of World Resources Institute, a Washington-based environmental think tank focusing on issues ranging from low carbon development to sustainable transportation. Under his leadership, WRI quadrupled its budget and globalized its work, with offices in eight countries and partners in more than 50 countries. From 1993 to 1999, Jonathan co-chaired the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, a group of government, business, labor, civil rights, and environmental leaders appointed by Bill Clinton that developed recommendations for strategies to promote sustainable development. He played a key role in the creation and success of the US Climate Action Partnership, which in 2007 issued the highly influential “Call to Action” on global warming. Jonathan began his legal career as a federal prosecutor and then became Senior Staff Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Jonathan was named Vermont Commissioner of Environmental Conservation in 1985, and in 1987 was appointed Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources. He was Director of the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School, rated the best program of its kind in the United States, in 1990. He has an AB from Harvard College, and an M.Ed. and JD from Catholic University.

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