Kathleen Rest

Executive director

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As executive director of UCS, Dr. Kathleen Rest leads the organization, overseeing programs and operations, drawing upon a wealth of experience in government, academia, and the nonprofit sector to help guide the organization on issues ranging from climate change to global security. See Kathleen's full bio.

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Proposed budget cuts threaten the health and safety of all Americans, especially our children. Photo: USEPA/Flickr

How Bad Are Proposed Budget Cuts at the EPA? Let Me Count the Ways

The proposals to cut EPA funding and undermine the agency’s ability to implement evidence-based policies are deeply troubling and threaten the public health and safety of everyone across the US. Read more >

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An X-ray showing the affected lungs from acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which can be triggered by air pollution. Photo: Wikimeda

Science Alert to EPA Chief Pruitt: Pollution Kills People

The science is clear—pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today. This is not the time to roll back efforts to control pollution. Read more >

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Hartnett-White's extreme views and lack of understanding of basic scientific issues were on full display at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Anti-Science Nominee Kathleen Hartnett-White Faces Renewed Scrutiny for Top Environmental Post

Hartnett-White was an ill-advised nomination to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) from the get-go. Read more >

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NEPA is a landmark law that is crucial for identifying and considering environmental impacts on people, communities, and our shared environment. Photo: Bill Hughes, FracTracker Alliance

Kathleen Hartnett White Nomination Spells Trouble for the Magna Carta of Environmental Law: NEPA

I could go on (and on and on) to express my dismay and alarm about this impending appointment, especially why you should care about two acronyms most American’s have never heard of: CEQ and NEPA. Read more >

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Our nation’s oldest, largest, and most highly respected public health organization—The American Public Health Association—begins its 2017 conference on November 4. Photo: Courtesy of APHA

On Climate Change, a Major Public Health Conference Stands in Stark Contrast to the Trump Administration

The Trump administration may be hell-bent on sidelining any effort to address global climate change—or even have an intelligent conversation about it—but the public health community is having none of it.  Read more >

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