Washington, D.C. — In response to the executive order and sustainability plan released from the White House today outlining a number of federal government commitments designed to catalyze America’s clean energy industry, create good-paying jobs, and advance environmental justice and equity through federal sustainability, the League of Conservation Voters released the following statement from Government Affairs Advocate Sara Fontes:
“We commend the Biden administration for leveraging the power of the federal government to spur the clean energy economy, grow clean manufacturing jobs here in the United States, protect public health by transitioning away from toxic PFAS chemicals, and advance environmental justice and equity. Today’s executive order and plan begin to deliver on the administration’s commitment to revitalize the federal government’s sustainability efforts. Whether it be the announcement of a new Buy Clean program coupled with emissions and climate-risk disclosure requirements, acquiring only clean light duty vehicles by 2027 and all vehicles by 2035 for the federal fleet, a 50% reduction in building emissions by 2032 and 100% by 2045, preferencing sustainable products without toxic PFAS chemicals, or the purchase of 100% clean electricity by 2030, this plan is an important part of the administration’s whole-of-government approach to combating the climate crisis.
“It is imperative that Congress passes the Build Back Better Act this year and federal appropriations bills before the continuing resolution expires in February, to ensure that the federal government has the additional funding necessary to deliver on this ambitious plan.”