| David G. Hawkins
G. Hawkins began his work in "public interest" law
upon graduation from Columbia University Law School in 1970.
After working for the Stern Community Law Firm in Washington,
DC for one year, he joined NRDC's then new Washington office
in 1971. Together with former NRDC attorney Dick Ayres, Mr.
Hawkins began NRDC's Clean Air Project. The Project has monitored
and shaped the design of the federal Clean Air Act since
the law's passage. The intent of the Project has been to
provide a voice for the public in the countless decisions
that EPA and State agencies make every year in delivering
on the law's promise of improved air quality.
In the early 1970s, Mr. Hawkins was successful in
persuading the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA) to deny delays
to the auto industry in meeting pollution cleanup schedules;
he also won a major case requiring EPA to develop programs
to improve transportation systems in urban areas as an air
pollution control strategy.
In 1977 he was appointed by President Carter to be
Assistant Administrator for Air, Noise, and Radiation at
EPA. In that position he was responsible for initiating major
new programs under the 1977 Amendments to the Clean Air Act.
With President Reagan's election in 1981, Mr. Hawkins
returned to NRDC to co-direct NRDC's Clean Air Program. Working
with the Clean Air Coalition, NRDC defeated a prolonged effort
by the new administration to roll back the protections o
the Clean Air Act. Eventually Congress passed a much-strengthened
law in 1990 and NRDC was a major architect for all of its
Since 1990 Mr. Hawkins has directed NRDC's Air and Energy
Program, and in 2001 became director of the NRDC Climate Center,
which focuses on advancing policies and programs to reduce pollution
responsible for global warming and harmful climate change.