U.S. Army’s entirely electric, neighborhood electric vehicles (By C. Todd Lopez). N.I.H. Gateway Center's green roof in Bethesda, Maryland. Wind turbines spread across a landscape. HHS using videoconferencing technology to share information. People riding bikes along a paved road. Solar panels on the roof of the EPA building in Denver, Colorado.

Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance

About the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive

The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive is responsible for promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship throughout Federal government operations. Created by Executive Order in 1993, the Office is housed at the President's Council on Environmental Quality, is administered by EPA, and stewards the interagency Steering Committee on Federal Sustainability.

Working in collaboration with the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive supports agency sustainability efforts with expertise, detailed guidance, case studies, and tools. Its specific focus is the successful implementation of Executive Orders on Federal environmental performance, including achieving Federal goals for greenhouse gas emissions reduction, energy efficiency, and water conservation; and documenting the economic benefits of environmental performance.

About the Federal Environmental Executive

Kate Brandt appointed Federal Environmental Executive on April 23, 2014
On April 23rd, 2014 Kate E. Brandt was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Administration's Federal Environmental Executive. In this capacity, she is responsible for promoting environmental and energy sustainability across Federal Government operations including 360,000 buildings, 650,000 vehicles, and $460 billion annually in purchased goods and services. The Office of the Environmental Executive works collaboratively with the Executive Office of the President and each of the Federal agencies to implement the President’s Executive Order on Federal Sustainability (EO 13514) and the GreenGov initiative.

Prior to her appointment, Kate served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Energy where she played a key role in establishing the office and executing the President's Climate Action Plan. Before that, she was a Director for Energy and Environment in the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House, recruiting, interviewing, and managing the presidential appointment of Senate confirmed and senior candidates for energy and environment federal agencies.

Prior to her work in the Office of Presidential Personnel, Kate served as the Special Advisor for Energy to the Secretary of the Navy. She advised the Secretary on Navy energy policy and strategy and was the policy director for the report to the President entitled America’s Gulf Coast: A Long Term Recovery Plan after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Before her work at the U.S. Department of Defense, Kate was a Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change. She also worked on the Presidential Transition Team for Dr. Susan Rice and the National Security Agency Review Team.

Kate received a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She graduated with honors from Brown University. In 2013, Kate was awarded the Harry S. Truman Extraordinary Impact Award. She is a New Leaders Council Fellow and a member of the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment.