Obama Administration Officials to Join Salt Lake City Mayor, Cisco Senior VP at Oct. 6 GreenGov Symposium



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October 4, 2010     


 Obama Administration Officials to Join Salt Lake City Mayor, Cisco Senior VP at Oct. 6 GreenGov Symposium


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the George Washington University (GW) today announced that the second day of the 2010 GreenGov Symposium will feature Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Sean Greene, Associate Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Cisco Senior Vice President Laura Ipsen. CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley will deliver the opening remarks. 


The plenary session also will feature video submissions from the public to Planet Forward, a user-driven social network and Public Broadcasting television special that solicits solutions to global energy and climate challenges.  To view the Tuesday session live online, visit: www.planetforward.org.

As previously announced, the first day of the Symposium will feature keynotes from Chair Sutley, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, biomimicry author Janine Benyus and GW President Steven Knapp on October 5, 2010.  Broadcast quality video of Tuesday’s session will be available at http://bit.ly/ccd1MQ

The GreenGov Symposium is a three-day educational event that will bring together a broad group of sustainability leaders to identify opportunities around greening the Federal Government.  It will take place October 5-7 at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance (13514) by President Obama. 

WHO:          Nancy Sutley, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
                     Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
                     Sean Greene, Associate Administrator for Investment and Special Adviser for Innovation,
                     U.S. Small Business Administration
                     Ralph Becker, Mayor, Salt Lake City
                     Laura Ipsen, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Smart Grid, Cisco

WHEN:        Wednesday, October 6, 2010, at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE:     The George Washington University
                      Lisner Auditorium
                      730 21st St., NW
                      Washington, D.C. 20052

RSVP:          For more information and to register, visit: http://www.gwu.edu /greengov.  Media who wish to attend any portion of the three day event should RSVP to Emily Cain at eecain@gwu.edu or 202-994-3087.