Carol Cox Russell is an Environmental Scientist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with special responsibilities regarding groundwater and resource extraction. In her thirty year environmental career she has served as the co-chair of EPA's National Mining Team, Chief of the Water Quality Unit, Community Involvement Team Leader and Tribal Team Leader. In particular, she provides technical expertise to various EPA programs and international entities regarding resource extraction. Professionally she served as chair of the Sustainability Committee for the Society of Mining Engineers and on the World Federation of Engineers Sustainability Task Force. She has a B.S. in geology from Fort Lewis College, a B.S in biology from the University of Oregon, a master's degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver and has done post-graduate work at Purdue and Colorado School of Mines. She has also taught Sustainable Public Policy as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver.