Every agency must be a climate agency.

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President-elect Biden campaigned and won on unprecedented climate ambition. Now, every federal agency must be a climate agency — and over the coming weeks, Evergreen will lay out five concrete steps each agency can take to deliver on Biden’s climate mandate. The Five to Mobilize campaign provides lawmakers, advocates and incoming federal staff with a clear path for climate action.

You can find all of our published Five to Mobilize memos here, as well as a list of memos to be released in the weeks to come.

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The Department of Commerce


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The world’s top economists are clear: climate change is a major threat and could cause the next recession. President-elect Biden must rein in climate’s systemic risk to our financial system. Selecting Gary Gensler to chair the SEC shows that Biden takes the climate financial risk seriously. During the Obama Administration, Gary Gensler was a strong voice for Wall Street accountability, and he must bring that same approach to the SEC.

Gensler must set new rules to enhance public disclosure of climate risks such as fossil fuel holdings, and emissions reduction targets. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s job is to enforce stability in our economy, and climate change poses an incalculable risk to our economy. …


Originally published January 7, 2021

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America can’t fight the 21st century’s greatest threat, climate change, with 20th century economic policies. The Department of Commerce will be critical for making the U.S. a leader in the global clean energy economy with millions of good-paying union jobs.

Gina Raimondo has the opportunity to lead the U.S. Department of Commerce to drive major investment in clean energy manufacturing training and jobs across America. The Department of Commerce should work to incentivize clean energy at home and around the world, including joining the U.S. …


Originally published January 7, 2021

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Biden must build his climate mobilization on a strong labor foundation. Growing the clean energy economy and strengthening workers rights go hand in hand. The Biden administration has a mandate to make historic climate investments and create millions of good-paying, union jobs in a clean energy economy. The Secretary of Labor must play a critical role in restoring workers rights and investing in America’s workforce for a clean energy economy.

Donald Trump built on decades of damage to lead the most anti-worker administration in recent memory. Mayor Walsh has much damage to undo and he should start by restoring collective bargaining and union rights, restoring overtime pay rules, and ensuring critical safety protections for essential workers. Mayor Walsh should also rescind Trump’s disastrous rules preventing retirement funds from divesting from fossil fuels. And in contrast to the anti-science Trump administration, the Labor Department should direct the Bureau of Labor Standards research department to study climate’s socio-economic impacts and contribute to a new national equity map. …


Originally published January 7, 2021

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Republican leaders have brought America to the brink of a constitutional crisis. President-elect Biden’s newly announced Department of Justice must act quickly to revitalize our democracy and prosecute those who threaten it. As Attorney General, Merrick Garland must re-enshrine justice in the Department of Justice — from upholding the rule of law to environmental justice.

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The DOJ must lead the way on climate change. The same climate-denying Republicans denied Merrick Garland a Supreme Court seat have also left us at the mercy of the climate crisis. Now, Garland’s Justice Department has a mandate to urgently deliver long overdue environmental justice, climate action and accountability for fossil fuel industry pollution. …


A note from Gov. Jay Inslee

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©2019 Gage Skidmore/Flickr cc by SA 2.0

Soon, Evergreen will close the books on its first calendar year, and 2021 will begin.

2021.

This is what we’ve been preparing for. Together, from the earliest days of my presidential campaign, we’ve been laying the groundwork for an all-out national mobilization to defeat the climate crisis and build a just, inclusive clean energy economy starting the moment Trump leaves office.

When I left the presidential race, I made my plans open source in hopes it would inspire bold climate action by the next president. And with those plans, some of my former staffers formed Evergreen.

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Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos leaves behind a legacy of damaging public education, deliberately worsening inequalities in America’s education system, and denying scientific reality. Now, America has the opportunity to switch from a Secretary of Education who denies climate change to a Secretary of Education who will lead the charge to defeat climate change. As Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona can restore science to the U.S. Department of Education and lead the way on clean energy and equity in America’s schools.

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The Department of Education has a critical role to play in the Biden Administration’s full-government mobilization to defeat climate change. Miguel Cardona should take action to electrify America’s school buses and retrofit 100,000 school buildings to make them carbon-free, energy efficient and climate resilient. Building upgrades are proven to improve public health and learning outcomes for students, and they will create countless jobs. The Department of Education can also strengthen the green economy by providing loan forgiveness for climate careers, issuing grants for K-12 environmental education, and prioritizing STEM education and green career training for minority and low-income populations. All of these investments should utilize equity mapping to align with Biden’s promise to deliver 40% of green investments for vulnerable communities. …


by Julian Brave NoiseCat

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After four years of fossil fuel executives and lobbyists opening up Native lands and sacred sites to industry tycoons, the next Secretary of Interior will be Rep. Deb Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo woman who went to Standing Rock in 2016 and cooked for the people.

She is going to make our ancestors so proud.

If you’re half as joyful as I am right now, add your name today to thank President-elect Biden for this historic appointment and for doing something so undoubtedly right.

Haaland will oversee the federal government’s nation-to-nation relationship with the 574 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities and be the first-ever Native Cabinet Secretary in the nation’s history. …


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Today, President-elect Biden selected a strong leader with on-the-ground climate experience to head up the Environmental Protection Agency. Michael Regan has led the way in North Carolina to take strong climate action and clean up pollution, by working closely with community groups and addressing environmental racism.

It’s hard to imagine a bigger sea change in EPA leadership than the switch from a coal lobbyist to a proven state leader on climate action. Donald Trump’s EPA laid waste to environmental protections. Michael Regan has the experience necessary to restore the EPA to its mission and go on offense to defeat the climate crisis. He reached a nationally renowned settlement on coal ash pollution, and he made North Carolina into a leading state on environmental justice. …


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Rep. Deb Haaland’s strong record of leadership on federal climate, public lands and Tribal policy makes her an exceptional choice to lead the Department of the Interior. As the Chair of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, Haaland has been a champion for protecting public lands in New Mexico and across the United States. And, she deeply understands the connection between land policy and climate policy, having led on legislation to transition America to 100% clean energy.

Rep. Haaland’s appointment is long-overdue. Today, the Biden Administration made history by appointing the first Native American cabinet secretary to oversee the agency in charge of land policy and America’s nation-to-nation relationship with Tribal nations. …

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