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President's Council on Sustainable Development
The President’s Council on Sustainable Development was established in 1994 by Executive Order. The national goals established if implemented would enhance the economy of the United States while preserving and protecting the environment and preventing disease and injury to people. Briefly, these goals state:
The Council made numerous excellent recommendations but unfortunately, few were adopted. The Congress was more interested in other issues.
Recent Executive Orders Concerning Environmental Sustainability
According to Executive Order 13423 of January 24, 2007, the goals for the federal agencies were: to improve energy efficiency, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to require additional renewable energy, to reduce water consumption, to recycle and use recycled materials, to reduce toxic and hazardous chemicals, to improve disposal of solid waste, and to improve new and renovated buildings in keeping with reduced energy needs. The subsequent Executive Order 13514, October 5, 2009 (Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance), added to the above specific deadlines as well as an inventory of absolute greenhouse gas emissions, means of improving water use efficiency, and promotion of pollution prevention and waste reduction techniques with appropriate deadlines.
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