Sustainability Speaker Series for the Federal Community

In support of President Biden's Federal Sustainability Plan, the Biden Administration is launching an interactive speaker series for Federal employees to hear from dynamic and thought-provoking leaders and innovators within the climate and sustainability space. Through this series, employees will enhance their sustainability and climate literacy, learn more about the President's Federal Sustainability Plan and their critical role in the shift to more sustainable and resilient operations.

The primary audience for this series is Federal and military employees. Event registration is free. Advance registration is required and space is limited. The White House is not providing certificates of attendance for this series or providing certificates for watching the event recordings. Recordings from past events are available below and hosted on The White House YouTube channel.

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December 6: Leading with Innovation to Address Climate Change with Lisa P. Jackson

Lisa P. Jackson

Lisa P. Jackson

Apple's Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, and former EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson oversees efforts to minimize Apple's impact on the environment by addressing climate change through renewable energy and energy efficiency, using greener materials, and inventing new ways to conserve precious resources. Join White House Federal Chief Sustainability Officer Andrew Mayock for an inspirational discussion about how the public and private sectors can work together to drive progress toward a more sustainable future for all.

Event registration is free. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Questions can be submitted during the registration process. This event will feature live closed captioning, an ASL interpreter, and will be recorded for viewing at a later date.

Register for the December 6 event with Lisa P. Jackson.

September 27: Reporting on the Climate Crisis with Al Roker

Al Roker

Al Roker

As head of NBC News' climate unit, Al Roker leads his network's coverage of the most pressing issues created by today's changing climate. Join White House Federal Chief Sustainability Officer Andrew Mayock for a discussion with the Emmy award-winning weatherman and popular anchor for NBC News' TODAY to hear the stories he's heard from climate vulnerable communities, whats it's like to report from the front lines, and how we can all make a difference.

View the recording: Reporting on the Climate Crisis

July 28: Fighting Climate Change by Electrifying Communities with Donnel Baird

Donnel Baird

Donnel Baird
Credit: Donnel Baird

Join climate champion Donnel Baird, founder and CEO of BlocPower, and White House Federal Chief Sustainability Officer Andrew Mayock for an engaging discussion on why we must electrify and decarbonize our Federal operations and how we can do it in ways that benefit all Americans.

View the recording: Fighting Climate Change by Electrifying Communities

April 28: Protecting the Planet Wherever You Are with Bill Nye

Bill Nye

Bill Nye
Credit: Bill Nye

In recognition of National Take Your Children to Work Day and Earth Month, grab the kids and join Bill Nye the Science Guy and Federal Chief Sustainability Officer Andrew Mayock online for a lively discussion on how you can protect the planet wherever you are—at home, at work, and in your community.

Bill Nye is an American science educator, engineer, television presenter, and inventor with a mission to help foster a scientifically literate society.

View the recording: Protecting the Planet Wherever You Are

January 19: Championing Climate Action in the Federal Workspace with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
Credit: Artie Limmer, Texas Tech University

The White House Office of the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer's Sustainability Speaker Series for the Federal Community kicks off on Wednesday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m. ET with a discussion on tackling climate change with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. The 2020s is a decisive decade for the world to keep global warming below 1.5°C. In this inaugural event of the Sustainability Speaker Series for the Federal Community, join Dr. Hayhoe as she untangles the complex science connecting our choices to future impacts, presents climate solutions underway, and highlights how the nation's 4.2 million Federal employees can help tackle the crisis.

Dr. Hayhoe is a prominent climate scientist, a Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair in the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University, and Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy. She has served as a lead author for many key reports on climate change, including the most recent U.S. National Climate Assessment.

View the recording: Championing Climate Action in the Federal Workspace


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