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Wilma Subra provides technical assistance to citizens across the United States as well as in some foreign countries who are concerned with their environment by combining technical research and evaluation. This information is then presented to community members to create strategies that address their local struggles.
Committed to protecting the environment and the health and safety of citizens, Subra started Subra Company, in New Iberia, Louisiana, in 1981. Utilizing the information gained from community involvement, the needs identified are translated into policy changes at the state and federal level through service on multi-stake holder committees.
Subra completed a seven-year term as Vice-Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT), a five-year term on the National Advisory Committee of the U. S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and a six-year term on the Environmental Protection Agency National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), where she served as a member of the Cumulative Risk and Impacts Working Group of the NEJAC Council, and chaired the NEJAC Gulf Coast Hurricanes Work Group. In 2011, she chaired the Environmental Protection Agency Technical Workshop for the Hydraulic Fracturing Study on Chemical and Analytical Methods.
Subra holds degrees in Microbiology/Chemistry from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She received the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” Award from the MacArthur Foundation in 1999 for helping ordinary citizens understand, cope with and combat environmental issues in their communities.