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Barbara Gottlieb

Washington, District of Columbia
Speaker Topic: Clean Air, Climate Change, Coal
PSR Affiliation: Director, Environment & Health

Areas of Expertise:

  • Coal
  • Climate change
  • Coal ash
  • EPA air quality standards
Media Experience: Radio, Writing (editorials, op-eds), Public Speaking

Why PSR?

I love this planet – its natural beauty, its rich and interlocking web of life.  I want us humans to be a part of it for a long time to come.  For that to happen, frankly, we need to alter the way we live.  PSR moves us in that direction, providing sound guidance for producing clean safe energy, caring for our health and the environment, and striving to live peacefully together.

Biographical Sketch

Barbara Gottlieb is Director of Environment and Health at Physicians for Social Responsibility, where she guides PSR's national work on climate, energy and air quality. She conceives and develops program ideas, prepares materials, writes reports and white papers, makes educational and media presentations, and engages PSR chapters and members in advocacy. She is the lead author or coauthor of PSR’s major reports on the health implications of fossil fuels, including Too Dirty, Too Dangerous: Why Health Professionals Reject Natural Gas; Coal Ash, The Toxic Threat to our Health and Environment, and Coal's Assault on Human Health. Previous to serving as Environment and Health Director, she served as deputy director, directing "Code Black," PSR’s program to close coal-fired power plants. Her prior work encompasses several decades in the nonprofit sector, where she carried out grassroots organizing, advocacy, fundraising and communications.  At the Women’s Edge Coalition, she conducted outreach to women's organizations around the world and mobilized members to take action on international assistance policy. As the deputy director of the Center for Media Education, she helped design, and then managed, research on youth use of electronic media for civic engagement.  Earlier, Ms. Gottlieb directed a nonprofit that raised funds for grassroots development projects in Central America. She also lived in Guatemala for five years where she worked for an indigenous organization, raising funds and conducting grassroots training in sustainable development.

Phone: 202-587-5225

Page Updated May 26, 2017

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Publications:

"The Life Cycle of Coal and Associated Health Impacts" (in Coal in the 21st Century: Energy needs, chemicals, and environmental controls, The Royal Society of Chemistry, forthcoming; coauthor.)

Too Dirty, Too Dangerous: Why Health Professionals Reject Natural Gas. (PSR publication; lead author.)

The Clean Air Act: A Proven Tool for Healthy Air. (PSR publication; coauthor.)

Understanding Climate Deniers. (Environmental Health Policy Institute.)

Coal Ash: The Toxic Threat to our Health and Environment. (PSR publication; lead author)

Coal's Assault on Human Health. (PSR publication; coauthor)