Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Tuesday that the technology giant has hired former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to head its environmental efforts.
Cook broke the news at the D11 Conference in Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif., in an on-stage interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher of AllThingsD, a technology news outlet that puts on the event.
Cook was touting the company’s environmental record — noting it owns the largest solar energy farm and largest fuel cell of any non-energy firm — when he referenced Jackson’s hiring.
“She’s going to be coordinating a lot of this activity across the company,” he said, according to a live account of the event by AllThingsD.
Jackson left the EPA in February after serving the Obama administration for four years.
Apple caught flak on Capitol Hill last week over taxes. Jackson faced controversy over fracking and the Keystone XL pipeline while at the EPA.