About the Office of the Chief Sustainability Officer
The Office of the Chief Sustainability Officer 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 Chief Sustainability Officer 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 Chief Sustainability Officer
On November 16, Christine Harada was appointed to the White House Council on Environmental Quality by President Obama, where she serves as the Administration's Federal Chief Sustainability Officer. In this capacity, she is responsible for promoting environmental and energy sustainability across Federal Government operations including 360,000 buildings, 650,000 vehicles, and $445 billion annually in purchased goods and services. The Office of Federal Sustainability works collaboratively with the Executive Office of the President and each of the Federal agencies to implement the Presidentís Executive Orders on Federal Sustainability and the GreenGov initiative.
Prior to her appointment, Christine served as the Associate Administrator for Government-wide Policy at the U.S. General Services Administration, where she helped provide government-wide policies and guidance to enable the sustainable and efficient use of assets, effective acquisition leadership, identity management and sound information management.
Previously, Christine worked at The Boston Consulting Group and Booz Allen Hamilton, where she was a consultant to Fortune 500 and public sector clients. During her tenure, she worked with corporate, not-for-profit and government entities on key strategic, operational and organizational issues across a range of sectors, including health care, international relief and development, aerospace, and the federal government. She led major projects to generate performance improvements through process streamlining, enhanced customer service, improved deployment of technology, more effective marketing programs and strengthened organizational effectiveness. Prior to her work in the consulting field, Christine worked in Silicon Valley as an international program manager and Lockheed Martin as a senior satellite systems engineer.
Christine was educated at the Wharton School and Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received both an MBA in Finance and an M.A. in International Studies with a focus on East Asia and Japanese language, at Stanford University, where she received an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and at MIT, where she received a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics.