Announcing the first ever White House Student Film Festival.
“Our mission is to leave a healthier, cleaner, and more prosperous planet for our children by taking responsible steps to curb the carbon pollution that threatens public health and drives climate change, increase our energy security, ensure healthy communities by protecting our air, land and water, protect and restore our natural resources for all Americans to enjoy, and ensure our Federal Government is leading by example.”
– Chair Nancy Sutley
President Obama has challenged the Federal Government to lead by example to reduce energy use, pollution and waste in their operations, and save taxpayer dollars as a result. Here at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, we work with the Federal family to help them achieve these goals.
This week, I am in Warsaw, Poland at the United Nations climate negotiations (COP 19) spreading the word about the President’s Climate Action Plan to our international partners.
Today, the Obama Administration is excited to announce a new partnership between seven Federal agencies that will help communities better prepare for droughts and reduce the impact of drought events on families and businesses. The interagency National Drought Resilience Partnership is part of the President’s Climate Action Plan. Federal agencies are already working with communities, businesses and farmers and ranchers to build resilience to drought on the ground, and this Partnership will enhance those efforts.
Across America, states, cities, and communities are taking steps to protect themselves from extreme weather and other climate impacts. Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order to establish a Task Force of state, local, and tribal leaders to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change.
In addition to providing jobs, recreational opportunities, and essential habitat for our wildlife and natural resources, America's forests play an important role in mitigating climate change. As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Administration is bringing Federal agencies together to enhance forests’ ability to absorb carbon pollution and become more resilient.
In early October, the White House will recognize Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who continue to serve their country by advancing clean energy and climate security in their communities. Help us honor these veterans by nominating a Champion of Change today.
As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, two Federal agencies are partnering with local governments and the private sector to reduce wildfire risk, protect drinking water, and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) operations encompass more than 10,000 buildings in all 50 states, from air traffic control centers and research facilities to our regional offices and headquarters, a range that complicates efforts to green internal operations and infrastructure. But, over the last two years, DOT has improved its sustainability performance across all seven measures of the OMB Sustainability and Energy Scorecard.
On June 25, 2013, President Obama laid out his comprehensive plan for steady action to reduce carbon pollution in America, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it. Learn more about the President's Plan: