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March 2007
Henderson to direct new NRDC office  

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is opening a new Midwest office that will serve as a base for expanded participation in the region’s fast growing dialogues on renewable energy, public health and the health of the Great Lakes, as well as new initiatives on important Midwest issues including coal, biofuels and global warming.

Henry Henderson, a Chicago attorney will be director of the new office. Henderson is best known regionally for serving as the founding commissioner for the City of Chicago’s Department of Environment from 1992 to 1998.

Henderson will develop a regional agenda in collaboration with other NRDC staff around the country. He will lead NRDC’s Midwest advocacy strategy and programs and work to develop productive working relationships and partnerships with environmental, institutional and business communities in the region.

Before joining NRDC, Henderson served as a partner in the Chicago-based environmental consulting firm Policy Solutions Ltd. Over the past ten years he has taught environmental law and policy at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois and Kent College of Law.

As Chicago’s commissioner of the Department of Environment, Henderson developed an environmental mission for the city, which included the development of the Chicago Brownfield Initiative, a comprehensive environmental enforcement program that included rigorous prosecution of illegal waste disposal operations and the closure of polluting facilities, a natural resources rehabilitation initiative, the City’s energy policies and utility regulations, and Chicago’s Clean Air initiative to improve regional air quality while promoting economic development.

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