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The White House
For Immediate Release

Obama Administration Officials to Convene Public Outreach Meeting of the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force in Chicago, July 15, 2010

Chicago, IL – Obama Administration officials will hold a public outreach meeting of the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force in Chicago, Illinois on July 15, 2010.  The meeting provides an opportunity for senior members of the Obama Administration to hear local and regional ideas, questions and concerns about climate change impacts and to describe Federal planning efforts already underway.   

In 2009, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) initiated the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, which includes representatives from more than 20 Federal Agencies. When President Obama signed the Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, on October 5, 2009, he called on the Task Force to develop, within one year, Federal recommendations for adapting to climate change impacts both domestically and internationally. An interim progress report was released in March 2010 and can be viewed online at

WHO:     Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality
               Ronald Sims, Deputy Secretary of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
               Robert Verchick, Deputy Associate Administrator of the Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation,  

               U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;
               Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
               John Balbus, Senior Adviser for Public Health at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of

               Environmental Health Sciences


WHAT:  Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force Public Outreach Meeting


WHEN:  Thursday, July 15
               Media availability at 12:30 p.m. and public outreach meeting at 1 p.m. 
               Note:  Please allow up to 30 minutes to get through security at the Metcalfe Federal Building.


WHERE: Room 325, Metcalf Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL      


WATCH: The meeting will be webcast live at: