Fed Energy-Savings Executive Optimistic About Sustainability Goals

October 4, 2012

Jonathan Powers, the federal environmental executive at the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, is responsible for pushing agencies to reduce energy use and become more environmentally friendly.

He said that while he was in the Army, he learned that good leaders lead by example, and he is pushing agencies to do the same as they try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their environmental footprint.

Powers has been in the position for six months after transferring from the Army, where he promoted renewable energy projects at the base level.

In a Sept. 25 interview, Powers said he is optimistic that agencies will be able to meet tough mandates even during challenging budget times.


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