Mann ’73: Green Policies are Good Economics

Too many people in our society incorrectly believe that environmental stewardship comes at the expense of economic progress, and Robin Mann ‘73, past president of the Sierra Club, believes environmentalists still have work to do in dismantling that idea.

“I think where we are going now, and I think it’s going to be a struggle still, is really a recognition that that’s a false argument at this point,” Mann said. “That the environment, and the energy economy in particular, are at odds. Economic progress is really going to made through clean energy, energy efficiency, really using resources much more efficiently in all aspects of our (lives).”

Mann '73, visited the MHC campus October 25 to give the 2012 Miller Worley Environmental Leadership Lecture. In her talk, Mann discussed the direction of the modern environmental movement and reflected upon her experience as president of one of the most powerful organizations in the country.

Before assuming the presidency of the Sierra Club, Mann served for three years as its vice president for conservation, overseeing conservation policy development and implementation. She has extensive experience in water issues, having chaired the Sierra Club's national water campaigns for several years. Under her direction the Sierra Club helped strengthen protections for wetlands and clean water in the 1990s and early 2000s, fighting back assaults on the Clean Water Act.

In her home state of Pennsylvania, Mann led clean water advocacy efforts for more than 15 years, helping secure improved wetlands protections in the state.