White House Chief Sustainability Officer to speak at Environment Summit

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We are proud to be hosting Christine Harada, Chief Sustainability Officer for the United States’ federal government operations, at the One Young World Environment Summit this month. 

Harada was appointed by President Barack Obama to oversee the environmental and energy sustainability of 360,000 buildings, a fleet of 650,000 vehicles and $445 billion annually in purchased goods and services. 

Her talk will focus on the challenges involved in enacting sustainability policy, and more broadly, what the future of sustainability entails. In an interview with GreenBiz, Harada touches on on enacting a strategy that applies to federal government operations but is also appropriately tailored to a regional perspective: 

So for example, with the drought situation in California, we need to make sure our water policies are enabling the agencies to make the right decisions on how they ought to be making investments to help conserve water or recycle grey water. Versus perhaps in the northeast or southeast where we've got bigger issues with storm water management.

Harada joins a line up of speakers that also includes CNN's Jennifer Gray, Adrian Grenier, Actor, Activist and Founder of SHFT, Robert Swan OBE, first person to reach both the North and South Poles, Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More, Miranda Johnson, Environment Correspondent at The Economist and President Alejandro Toledo, first indigenous President of Peru to name a few.

You can access the current agenda here to see a full list of speakers and sessions. 

To register for the One Young World Environment Summit, visit this page

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