All Federal agencies are required to submit annual Sustainability Plans starting in June 2010. The plans must outline how the agency will meet the mandates of Executive Order 13514 to conserve more, consume less and substantially reduce its carbon footprint. In this interview, representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) will talk about the key components of Sustainability Plans, including implementation, monitoring and challenges.
Craig E. Hooks– Assistant Administrator, Office of Administration and Resources Management (OARM), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) William G. Dowd, P.E.– Director, Physical Planning Division, National Capital Planning Commission
Moderator: Amy Morris, Co-host of the Federal Drive About the Panelists:
Craig E. Hooks Assistant Administrator Office of Administration and Resources Management (OARM) United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Craig Hooks currently serves as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Administration and Resources Management (OARM) at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On May 13, 2009, he was nominated by President Obama to serve in this role and was confirmed on August 7, 2009. In this capability, Mr. Hooks also serves as EPA’s Senior Accountable Official for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which seeks in part to spur technological advances in science and health and to invest in environmental protection and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits. OARM is responsible for governing the agency’s resources management including grants and contracts, human resources and facilities.
Prior to joining OARM, Mr. Hooks served as the Deputy Director and the Director of the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds within EPA’s Office of Water. He was also the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of Environmental Information and the Director of the Federal Facilities Enforcement Office within the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA). Mr. Hooks also served as the Associate Director of the Administration and Resource Management Support Staff within OECA and spent two years as Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrators for OARM and OECA. br> Before joining EPA, Mr. Hooks worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a physical scientist. Mr. Hooks received a Masters degree in Oceanography from the Texas A&M University in 1987, and a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Florida in 1982. Mr. Hooks is married and the father of three girls.
William G. Dowd, P.E. Director Physical Planning Division National Capital Planning Commission
Bill Dowd is a licensed professional engineer and director of NCPC’s Physical Planning Division where he guides the design, visualization, and implementation of Commission policies that are focused on physical features or a specific geography. The division advances the federal interest and enhances the livability, human scale, and cultural treasures of the nation’s capital. Its initiatives address regional issues, including transportation, security, and sustainable communities. Currently his division is working to establish the first ecodistrict in the nation’s capital, a designated area that will capture, manage, and reuse a majority of energy, water, and waste within the boundaries of the district.
Prior to joining NCPC in 1998, Mr. Dowd spent 13 years with the Federal Highway Administration working on various projects throughout the country. He received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Connecticut.