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An Interview with Mary Nichols, Environmental Lawyer

An Interview with Mary Nichols, Environmental Lawyer

Mary NicholsFrom 2007 to 2020, she was the chair of California’s Air Resources Board. She also worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the U.S. EPAs Office of Air and Radiation during the Clinton administration. She is an environmental lawyer and is currently a visiting fellow at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy. Before the Zcalo/California Wellness Foundation Event, Can California Solve it’s Air Quality Inequality Problem?, she sat in our green space to share her jambalaya, what makes a great vacation, and how she got the title of Queen of Green.


You have been called the Queen Of Green. Do you have any other nicknames?

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Girl Scouts required that you have a camp name. My camp name was Penny, since my last name was Nichols. Dan Rather gave me the Queen of Green nickname after he featured my on a program he was making about the environment. I had never heard it before but I liked it and kept it.

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