Now Apple’s top environmental adviserFormer Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Lisa P. Jackson will become Apple’s top environmental officer, said Apple CEO Tim Cook. Jackson served as EPA chief from 2009 to 2013, and she is trained as a chemical engineer.
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the new hire in a conversation with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the D: All Things Digital conference on Tuesday. Jackson will be “coordinating a lot of [environmental practices] activity across the company,” Cook said.
Jackson will ostensibly help Apple in dealing with the company’s effects on the environment in its manufacturing and product practices, an area of intense scrutiny for the company in recent years. “When you are large, if somebody is looking at something, you are going to be caught up in some way,” Cook said.
But Cook said he doesn’t even mind being held to a higher standard. He noted that Apple owns the largest solar farm and largest fuel cells of any non-energy company. (source)
For more on Apple's renewable energy push, see this post: Apple now uses renewable energy for 75% of its needs.
There's a lot of back and forth between the public and private sectors. Sometimes one sector's influence on the other is bad, sometimes it's good. We'll have to see how it turns out in this case. Maybe Lisa Jackson can help Apple become greener, rather than just be a person with contacts inside the government that can be used by Apple to influence regulators.