Quick and Decisive Action
The Biden-Harris administration has inherited a raging pandemic, economic decline, and ingrained racial injustice. They are also stepping into big climate issues, and are stepping up to them boldly, with a holistic strategy to make progress on climate, economic, and social challenges as one.
On his first day in office, President Biden signed 15 executive orders, among them, one to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. Biden is serious about day-one climate action, and has assembled the cabinet members to get it done. Here’s a look into some of the new administration’s “Climate Cabinet” and the integration of nature-forward leadership in an “all-of-government” approach.
Climate Doers in Key Roles
The new cabinet members are a diverse representation of America, and are state-level, former federal officials, and private-sector leaders, accomplished and experienced in integrating clean energy and environmental protections into measurable results.
Gina McCarthy, head of the EPA during the Obama-Biden administration, will now become the first national climate adviser, leading the first White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy to coordinate and initiate government-wide climate action.
Brian Deese will direct the National Economic Council, bringing experience as former senior economic advisor to President Obama, and Global Head of Sustainable Investing at one of the world’s largest investment management companies. He will be the first NEC director who is an expert in climate policy, and is expected to lead the charge for a green economy with green jobs.
Rep. Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo and the first Native American Congressperson, will serve as interior secretary and integrate environmental justice and critical tribal policy templates while bringing expertise in transitioning New Mexico to clean energy.
Former presidential candidate and Mayor of South Bend Indiana, Pete Buttigieg will lead the U.S. Department of Transportation, with aims to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation from ground to air and shipping.
Gov. Raimondo is bringing experience from the first U.S. state with offshore wind energy to lead the U.S. Department of Commerce. Among her responsibilities, she will oversee marine conservation and local economic development.
Good for the Climate, Good for Society, and Good for the Economy
The “Climate Cabinet” brings a deep knowledge of state priorities, private industry operations, and environmental policy, and how the three can be merged into sustainable action. The Cabinet unites the diversity of America around a common climate mission, one that views protecting nature as an integral part of public health, racial justice, and economic growth. It is clear the new administration is tackling the climate crisis as one that impacts and is impacted by every aspect of our lives, from jobs we create to ecosystems we protect, to technologies we implement.
ECOncrete bridges the gap between development and sustainability with a new generation of coastal and marine infrastructure. Through biomimicry and ecological engineering, ECOncrete designs and builds concrete infrastructure that regenerates native marine life, thus reducing ecological footprints while making infrastructure stronger. We tackle marine ecosystem loss, infrastructure resilience to stronger storms and erosion, and community protection from flooding. We collaborate with the world’s biggest ports, leading architects designing our waterfronts, and the governments and grassroots activists of almost 100% “concrete-coast” megacities to make ecologically engineered, nature inclusive infrastructure the norm and not the exception.
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