April 10, 2003
Congressman Richard Neal
to Give Talk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
at Smith on Politics of Environmental Decision Making
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Congressman Richard
E. Neal will give a talk at Smith College as part of an "Earth
Week" celebration at Smith College. Neal will speak about
"The Politics of Environmental Decision Making" at
4:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, in Wright Hall Auditorium. Earth
Day 2003 is April 22.
Neal's talk is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
Neal, who is coming to Smith under the auspices of the Environmental
Science and Policy program, will also respond to questions from
the audience on such topics as how Congress makes decisions about
the environment, what role lobbyists play, the most effective
ways for people to voice their opinions on environmental subjects,
and what the most pressing environmental issues are at present.
Neal has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1988
and represents the 2nd Congressional District, which includes
Northampton. He was mayor of Springfield from 1984 to 1989 and
a member of the Springfield City Council from 1978 to 1984. He
taught at Cathedral High School in Springfield and at American
International College, Springfield College and the graduate school
of business at Western New England College. He is a graduate
of American International college and received the MPA degree
from the Barney School of Business and Public Administration
at the University of Hartford.
Among the bills he has sponsored are the Arctic Wilderness Act
of 2001 and the Clean Smokestacks Act, which requires that the
Environmental Protection Agency promulgate regulations to achieve
specified reductions in emissions.