A prominent politician spoke at UT Wednesday about her ideas to bring the economy and environment together to make better lasting decisions for the country.
Former New Jersey governor and Environmental Protection Agency Director Christine Todd Whitman spoke at the Baker Center.
She says the physical environment and the political environment go hand-and-hand.
"You can't have a thriving economy if you don't have things like affordable, reliable power. Now when we look at that, we also can't have a thriving economy if we don't have a clean and healthy environment. So if you're looking at power you need to make sure it's the cleanest and the greenest power."
Whitman also says it's important for voters to spark change instead of waiting for Congress to act.
Whitman served as New Jersey governor from 1994 to 2001.
She was EPA director from 2001 to 2003 under President George W. Bush.