The US Executive office just added two innovative new branches: The Office for Energy and Climate Change Policy and the Office for Social Innovation and Citizen Participation.
The climate policy office will support climate science institutions nationally, oversee the EPA’s plan to launch a national cap-and-trade, and provide public education and communications around basic climate science. This office will manage the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, an ongoing dialogue between key developed and developing countries regarding sustainable energy and emissions reductions. Leaders of 16 major economies as well as the Secretary General of the UN have been invited to participate. Their website, globalchange.gov, also hosts a 13-agency report on the latest climate science, a ‘game-changer’ aimed at shedding light on climate research that has been conducted and suppressed over the past eight years.
The social innovation office will be directed by Sonal Shah, Google.org’s former strategic director, and former head of environmental strategy at Goldman Sachs. Her first task is managing a 50-million social innovation fund written into Obama’s 2010 budget. Investments and partnerships will focus on innovation around healthcare, education, poverty alleviation, and local environmental initiatives.