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  • Kicking Vehicle Efficiency into High Gear

    After years of idling on fuel efficiency, America’s truck fleet is on a straight road to lower emissions, fuel savings for drivers, and leading the world in advanced vehicles.

  • Administration-Wide Response to the Drought

    President Obama headed to California to tour drought-affected areas and talk to those affected by impacts of one of the state’s worst droughts in over 100 years.

  • USDA’s Climate Hubs: Providing Targeted Solutions to Modern Challenges

    America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners face a complex and ever-changing threat in the form of a changing and shifting climate.

  • Putting the Spotlight on Federal Collaboration

    CEQ asked agencies to tell us where they were working collectively to leverage regional resources toward a common goal, and we chose six projects to focus on. After a year of tracking progress and compiling results, I am excited to share with you the accomplishments of these projects. From cutting costs to reducing carbon emissions, these local efforts show how Federal agencies can lead by example in the areas of energy and sustainability:

  • White House Releases Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for the Arctic Region

    The Implementation Plan sets forth the guidelines for Federal Departments and Agencies to execute the National Strategy for the Arctic Region.

  • Promoting Green Goods Trade to Address Climate Change

    The United States announced plans for a new initiative with 13 other partner countries to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods in the World Trade Organization. The countries participating in the announcement account for 86 percent of global trade in environmental goods, such as such as solar water heaters, wind turbines, and catalytic converters.

  • A Renewed Commitment to Unleashing Open Data about the Earth

    Last week, at a series of meetings in Geneva, the United States marked its founding role in establishing the international Group on Earth Observations (GEO) a decade ago—which today comprises 90 members and 77 participating organizations—and celebrated an important milestone as GEO’s charter was renewed for another 10 years.

  • Investing in Solutions: Leaders in Finance and Climate

    This week, I participated in an event at the White House on Women Leaders in Climate Finance and Investment that highlighted the pioneering role women leaders in the finance sector are playing to mainstream climate change into finance and investment decisions. Women around the world are often the first to feel the effects of climate and at the same time can offer unique perspectives and solutions.

  • Making Progress on Climate Change

    In the past few months, the Administration has taken important steps under the Climate Action Plan to move to cleaner sources of power, strengthen our communities against the threat of severe weather, and engage our international partners.

  • Wide Bandgap Semiconductors: Essential to Our Technology Future

    North Carolina State University will lead the Energy Department’s new manufacturing innovation institute for the next generation of power electronics, which will work to drive down the costs of and build America’s manufacturing leadership in wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor-based power electronics.