White House Council on Environmental Quality

Advancing federal decarbonization and resiliency

The Federal Chief Sustainability Officer within White House CEQ leads President Biden’s efforts to improve the sustainability of the Federal government, including by helping Federal agencies prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change on their operations and services.

Through the President’s Federal Sustainability Plan and Executive Order 14057, the Federal Government will transform its portfolio of 300,000 buildings, fleet of 600,000 cars and trucks, and annual purchasing power of $630 billion in goods and services to:

(1) Achieve a zero-emissions vehicle fleet and an energy efficient, all-electric building portfolio powered with 100 percent carbon-free electricity;

(2) Boost the climate resilience of Federal infrastructure, operations, and supply chains; and

(3) Foster a culture of sustainability within the Federal workforce, advance equity and environmental justice, and leverage partnerships to accelerate progress.

In my role at the White House, I:

  • Prepared two press releases/fact sheets, three weekly program updates, and three briefing materials/presentations for senior White House officials and agency leaders.
  • Organized logistics and presentation material for the COP27 Net Zero Government Initiative, including preparing draft language of national government pledges and commitments as well as compiling a technical assistance package to assist 18 signatory countries in creating a public-sector decarbonization roadmap.
  • Developed tools for the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer to visualize metrics, progress examples, and trainings conducted by 30 federal agencies to enhance climate resiliency and reach net-zero government operations by 2050.
  • Synthesized disparate federal procurement data to inform the implementation of a national Buy Clean policy leveraging the U.S. government’s $650 billion purchasing power to grow the market for clean building materials and reduce industrial pollution.
  • Coordinated with White House staff to monitor the implementation of Executive Order 14057 mandates to scale procurement of carbon-free electricity, adoption of zero-emission vehicles, and electrification of Federal buildings.