The summit brought leaders together to share information and strategies for promoting clean energy, cutting carbon emissions, mitigating climate change impacts on the most vulnerable populations, and developing messages and actions that will resonate with a majority of Americans.
Participants represented civil society organizations, academia, business, government agencies, and philanthropy. The new U.S. Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, addressed the group in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on what was his third day in office.
Moniz stated that science requires that we respond to climate change and reminded everyone that the 400 parts per million of CO2 now measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii does not include non-CO2 greenhouse gases – so the danger is even greater. Many scientists believe 350 parts per million is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.
Green America’s policy director, Fran Teplitz, raised the potential of Clean Energy Victory Bonds as an innovative financing mechanism for clean energy and efficiency and will be following up with new contacts from the event to advance the bond.
The Summit was hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the White House Council on Women and Girls, and the White House Office of Public Engagement.