November 14 – November 21, 2010 – Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, California
Contact: Media Relations Officers Jose Santacana and Alison Mann
Telephone: 202-504-6370/6362; email: Santacanajk2@state.gov; Mannat@state.gov
USEU, EUR/PPD, and the FPC hosted 13 environmental journalists from 12 European countries, including Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, The Netherlands, Spain, UK and 2 from Brussels who cover the EU. Briefings from the White House and the State Department focused on the Cancun Climate Change meetings and U.S. environmental policy in general. There was a lot of focus on ways that the EU and U.S. can cooperate on environmental policies going forward. At the Environmental Protection Agency, the journalists were briefed on the latest technology being used to eliminate toxic chemicals from the environment. In California, briefings from Governor Schwarzenegger and the Chairman of the California Energy Commission, Karen Douglas, focused on solar and other forms of renewable energy, and how states can move forward on environmental policy. Visits to Google and Silver Spring Networks provided invaluable insight into the latest green technology, particularly on smart grids, and how the private sector can create jobs while helping to create a better environment.