For 7-1/2 years, attorney Janet McCabe spent weekends at home in Indianapolis after a long week on the job at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.
"I owe my husband a lot of dog walking and waiting at home for the plumber", she said.
But it’s a debt worth paying.
“I got to work on so many important clean air issues and got to be part of an effort that has made a difference in people’s lives across the whole country,” McCabe said of her stint at the Office of Air and Radiation, focused on clean air and climate programs.
She returned to Indiana full time in 2017, but her pace hasn’t slowed. McCabe teaches environmental law as a professor of practice at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, oversees the Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge, and in August was named director of the IU Environmental Resilience Institute.
“Faculty and researchers across the university are looking at environmental change,” she said, “to provide Hoosiers with accurate predictions, feasible solutions, effective communication, and practical tools … to use to understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change, including steps they can take to lessen their risk.”