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Alumna Heather McTeer Toney, C'98, to Participate in Discussion on 2014 Urban Waters Grants to Promote Proctor Creek Restoration

On Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney, C'98,  will meet with three 2014 Urban Waters Grants awardees in The Suites Private Dining Room at Spelman to highlight their work to help protect and restore the Proctor Creek watershed, improve water quality, and support community revitalization and other local priorities.  The awardees are: the Center for Watershed Protection, Inc.; the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Inc., and Environmental Community Action, Inc.

In 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency selected 37 organizations to receive grants of $40,000 to $60,000 each, totaling approximately $2.1 million to support such projects. The funding is part of EPA’s Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve, and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land.

Many urban waterways have been polluted for years by sewage, runoff from city streets and contamination from abandoned industrial facilities. Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance economic, educational, recreational and social opportunities in nearby communities. By reconnecting communities to their local urban waters, EPA will help communities to actively participate in restoring urban waters while improving their neighborhoods.

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Biographical Sketch

McTeer Toney was selected by President Barack Obama to serve as regional administrator for EPA's regional office in Atlanta. EPA Region 4 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and six tribal nations.

In support of her selection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy says, "Heather McTeer Toney has a proven track record and broad experience as an advocate and dedicated public servant. I have full confidence that she’ll continue that sense of service and leadership working to protect people’s health and the environment as regional administrator in the region she was born, raised, and still calls home.”

McTeer Toney was the first African American and first female to serve as the Mayor of Greenville, Mississippi, holding that post from 2004-2012.  She joins EPA from Mississippi Valley State University, where she is the Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Student Learning.  She is also the Principal Attorney at Heather McTeer, PLLC.

Her private-sector success is complemented by considerable experience in local and state politics. She began her career working as a member of McTeer and Associates Law Firm and handled a diverse group of cases ranging from racial discrimination to medical malpractice.  Later she served as the President of the National Conference of Black Mayors and in 2009, was nominated by former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, to serve as the Chairwoman of the Local Government Advisory Committee.

McTeer Toney is active in her community and an advocate for education, women’s issues, health and wellness. She is married to Dexter Toney and they have two children.

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