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Some highlights from our climate conference, GreenGov2011, which we ran with the White House. In 2009, Obama signed EO 13514, which told the Federal Government to go green and GreenGov showcased the results. Hung out with climate expert Heidi Cullen (who was on Colbert recently) and the handsome and ocean/environmental tv star Philippe Cousteau Jr., among other climetey people. I also met Kevin Johnson, former NBA star and now Mayor of Sacramento. He surprised all of us with an inspiring talk on urban planning and sustainability. Retired Marine and author of the then anonymous (as “Mr. Y”) and controversial “National Security Narrative”, Mark Mykleby, was just phenomenal on national security and climate change. He got a standing ovation. Wish I took more pics, but since it was my event, I had to shake hands with guests and work with my fantastic, incredibly hardworking staff…

OK, on a personal note, I’m in DC helping manage the White House’s climate conference. I’m staying at the Washington Hilton and they (e.g., ACCO) put me up as a VIP, which I never knew the Hilton did. Sure, I’ve stayed in exec suites and other such fancy bs, but never checked in with VIP status. It’s very weird. I get a different set of staff, and they all know my name, which honestly creeps me out. They also gave me a nice, personalized note, a bottle of wine, and a half-decent fruit and cheese plate. Also, Obama will be here Saturday night, which makes my current contract even more ridiculous! 

Now you all can see what I do in real life. This is one of my projects:

Call for abstracts to the White House’s 2011 GreenGov Symposium, co-presented by ACCO and CEQ. This is a superior opportunity to meet with cabinet, legislators, and industry.

Click here to submit your proposal, or contact me for details. I also have sponsorship and exhibition space available. Thank you, Michael Cote

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Thanks NPR! 

Hey, why not cover Obama’s GreenGov2011, which I’m organizing? It showcases sustainability mandates in Federal government via his EO 13514. Officials from cabinet, senate, house, EPA, and leaders from FT 500, large NGOs, etc., will all be there. Contact me for info and/or sponsorship/exhibitor space. 

Must have experience marketing and closing exhibitor space and sponsorship packages. 

I’m organizing Obama’s GreenGov Symposium, so I require a seasoned veteran. Experienced with the Agencies and FT 500 a must. Green/susty conference experience preferred, but OK if you’ve worked very big conferences.

Email your creds and “GreenGov Project” in the subject line, here. I’ll get back to you. 

Thank you,

Michael Cote 

Humbled to be working on Obama’s GreenGov Symposium!

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.

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"On June 2nd, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released a draft National Action Plan: Priorities for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate to help Federal agencies assure adequate water supplies, safeguard water quality, and protect public health and property. It also outlines ways in which Federal agencies can support state, local and tribal governments in their water resources planning by improving access to quality data and information and best practices. The draft Action Plan will be available for public comment until July 15th. Comments can be submitted online here. The CEQ Press Release can be found here.”  
The draft Action Plan identifies specific actions Federal agencies should take, including: 

  • Establish a planning process to adapt water resources management to a changing climate that includes better coordinating Federal agencies and maintaining strong engagement with state, local and tribal governments, stakeholders and the public.
  • Improve the quality of water resources and climate change information available to decision-makers.
  • Expand the use of water efficiency practices and technologies.
  • Develop a toolbox of the most effective freshwater conservation practices to help state and local officials and facility managers identify and adopt these practices.
  • Develop a pilot climate change vulnerability index for a major category of water facilities, such as drinking water systems, to help facility managers prioritize their adaptation responses. 
  • Develop a “one stop” internet portal for up-to-date data and information on water resources and climate change.