A unique view of 2012
“Our focus is to ensure that there is a strong science and policy basis for our environmental policy, to move the nation to greater reliance on clean energy and increase energy security, to combat global warming while growing the green economy, to protect public health and the environment, especially in vulnerable communities, and to protect and restore our great ecosystems.”
– Chair Nancy Sutley
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.
Today is National Bike to Work Day! Learn more about how Federal employees are reducing pollution and incorporating healthy activity into their workday through bike commuting.
As part of the Administration's work to make America a magnet for jobs by building a 21st century infrastructure, the President today signed a Presidential Memorandum that will modernize the Federal permitting process and cut timelines in half for major infrastructure projects that grow our economy and support healthy communities.
Today, the Obama Administration released a National Strategy for the Arctic Region that outlines our Nation’s priorities over the next 10 years. The National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan will play an important role in achieving those priorities by better leveraging Federal resources, streamlining decision-making, and encouraging collaboration among Federal agencies, states, and marine stakeholders on ocean issues.
Today, in conjunction with a series of landmark steps announced by the Obama Administration to unleash troves of useful data from the vaults of government, the interagency US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) launched a new online tool that promises to accelerate research relating to climate change and human health—the Metadata Access Tool for Climate and Health, or “MATCH.”
Last year, in response to the Obama Administration’s call to action, 35 utilities and energy providers committed to provide 36 million homes and businesses with their own energy usage information in the consensus, industry-standard Green Button format. Today, we’re excited to see Green Button enable energy innovation through new announcements for the industry-led Green Button Initiative.
As we approach National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27th, it is important to remember that proper disposal of unused, expired, and unneeded prescription drugs can reduce drug abuse, save lives, and prevent unsafe chemicals from polluting our drinking water.
Federal agencies are taking important steps to incorporate environmental justice into their decision-making to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to live in safe, healthy communities.