Washington, DC, October 31 to November 2

CEQ and Association of Climate Change Officers to Co-Sponsor Conference

WASHINGTON, DC –The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced today that its second annual GreenGov Symposium, which aims to bring together leaders from government, the private sector, non-profits and academia to identify opportunities to create jobs, grow clean energy industries, and curb pollution by greening the Federal Government, will be held in Washington, DC on October 31 through November 2, 2011. This year’s event will be co-sponsored by CEQ and the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO).

“By enlisting the innovation and expertise both inside and outside the Federal Government, the 2011 GreenGov Symposium will help agencies deliver on President’s Obama’s commitment to save money and reduce waste by increasing energy efficiency and reducing harmful pollution through sustainable practices in government operations,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

President Obama signed Executive Order 13514 in October 2009, directing Federal agencies to meet aggressive energy, water, and waste reduction targets, reduce their greenhouse gas pollution, and leverage Federal purchasing power to curb waste, save taxpayer dollars, and support the growth of a 21st century clean energy economy.

At the 2011 GreenGov Symposium, participants will share sustainability challenges and best practices, and discuss cutting-edge approaches to achieving the Federal performance goals set by President Obama. Topics covered will include clean energy, energy and water efficiency, fleet management, getting to zero waste, green buildings, and greening the supply chain. At CEQ’s inaugural GreenGov Symposium in October, 2010, hosted by The George Washington University, more than 1,400 representatives from across all levels of government, the private sector, and the non- profit community came together to shape the future of Federal Government sustainability.“Since our launch in 2009, ACCO has collaborated extensively with agencies across the Federal Government on a wide range of issues related to sustainability in government operations. Today’s announcement marks an exciting collaboration between sustainability leaders across all sectors, which will help to ensure the development of best practices, exciting new partnerships and establishment of standards, metrics and tools crucial to the field,“ said Daniel Kreeger, ACCO’s Executive Director.

ACCO’s co-sponsorship of the 2011 GreenGov Symposium with CEQ is part of ACCO’s ongoing effort to advance the knowledge and skills of public and private sector leaders dedicated to developing and directing strategies for climate change and sustainability. ACCO is a professional development organization for executives and senior officials across all sectors addressing the economic, operational and environmental implications of climate change and related energy, water, waste, resilience, and national security issues.

More information about the 2011 GreenGov Symposium is available at www.whitehouse.gov/greengov/symposium.

More information about ACCO is available at www.ACCOonline.org.

Registration and other information is available at www.greengov2011.org.

Contacts:

Taryn Tuss (CEQ) 202-456-6998
Dan Kreeger (ACCO) 202-496-7390



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