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Change we believe in: Climate Policy and Social Innovation Branches added to the White House

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.

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One comment on “Change we believe in: Climate Policy and Social Innovation Branches added to the White House

  1. CSF42
    July 1, 2009

    I think it is great that the White House is taking these steps. I’m excited to see the President recognizing climate change as an issue and promoting social innovation, which is relatively new and very important in today’s world.

    The CSR press release mentions that Sonal Sal will spend much of her time networking to “catalyze partnerships between the government and nonprofits, businesses, and philanthropists.” These relationships, if they can be established, will hopefully produce some fantastic social innovations across the sectors in the years to come.

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This entry was posted on June 30, 2009 by in climate change, innovation, policy, social entrepreneurship, strategy and tagged , .
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