Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey, will speak on New Jersey’s potential leadership role in confronting environmental challenges at 7:30 p.m.Thursday, April 6, at DeCorso Community Center, 15 East 4th St., New Providence.

 The public is invited to attend the free lecture and discussion on “Light in the Darkness: Why States Will Lead on Climate & How New Jersey Can Reclaim Its Mantle as an Environmental Leader.” The League of Women Voters of Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Summit is sponsoring the evening. 

 O’Malley has worked on a broad array of environmental issues over the last 15 years in Trenton. A 2001 graduate of Harvard with a degree in history, his work has included campaigns to clean up New Jersey's air and protect the state's waterways from fracking waste. In 2012, he received an Environmental Quality Award from Region II of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

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As part of his charge, O’Malley has promoted public support for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to combat global warming, fast-track NewJersey’s clean energy economy through expansion of solar, off-shore wind and energy efficiency and fight the expansion of fossil fuel projects around the state.  

As a clean water advocate, he ran successful campaigns to protect some of the state’s largest reservoirs and rivers from development close to their banks and directed citizen outreach offices, coordinating a staff of 20 to educate more than 60,000 Central Jersey citizens on pressing environmental issues. 

He serves on the board of the Work Environment Council, Environment America and Environmental Endowment of New Jersey and is a member of the Better Choices Coalition and Anti-Poverty Network. 

Environment New Jersey is a citizen-based, supporter-funded environmental advocacy project of Environment America, aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues and promoting sensible solution.

For further information about the April 6 program, visit the League’s website at www.lwv-bhnps.org.