John Hall is joining the Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy, and Health (CARTEEH) at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). John is based in Austin and will be providing strategic support and assistance to the CARTEEH Team in the areas of health equity, vehicle
electrification, and on the connection between transportation infrastructure and health. He has been a thought leader and practitioner regarding the inter-relationships and impacts of transportation, energy, air quality, climate, public health and equity issues for the past thirty-five years. John is based in Austin and will be providing strategic support and assistance to the Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions Energy and Health (CARTEEH).
Prior to coming to TTI, John chaired the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission (TNRCC), the predecessor agency to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). His key accomplishments there were to merge together Texas’ environmental programs from several state agencies and create a framework to manage the Edwards Aquifer that was subsequently enacted into statute. He established Texas’ first Task Force to identify and assess environmental justice issues and develop and implement a set of pollution prevention initiatives that catalyzed major reductions in air toxics and hazardous waste in the state.
He left a lasting mark on TCEQ by implementing the Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program that has provided 2,500 Latino, African American and female college students early exposure to environmental issues and careers. From 1996 to 2010, in the capacity of President of John Hall Public Affairs, John played a leadership role in leading Texas to effectively address ozone non-attainment challenges in collaboration with regional agencies. More recently, John served in leadership roles at Environmental Defense Fund and led the advocacy organization’s clean energy efforts in the nation’s largest states and vehicle electrification initiatives in Texas.