New Actions to Tackle Climate through Sports

Today, on the inaugural Green Sports Day and in line with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ visit to the White House to celebrate their Stanley Cup victory, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is announcing a set of exciting new actions by Federal agencies and outside organizations who are using innovative approaches to tackle climate change through sports.

On the inaugural #GreenSportsDay, sports teams are stepping up to the plate to #ActOnClimate: https://t.co/k05rk5e2vB cc @penguins

— Facts On Climate (@FactsOnClimate) October 6, 2016

The White House Washington  October 6, 2016   I send greetings to all those marking the inaugural Green Sports Day.   America is leading the fight against climate change, and our favorite sports teams, athletes, and their fans have stepped up to the plate—taking significant steps to reduce their carbon footprints and educate people about sustainable solutions.  On Green Sports Day, we celebrate these efforts and recommit to building a cleaner, safer, and healthier planet for all.   While captivating audiences in the thrill of the game, stadiums and venues around our country have become beacons of excellence in sustainability through the use of innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies. Athletes have also demonstrated their commitment to shaping a brighter future by speaking out about climate change.  The Federal Government is proud to work with America’s sports community to promote sustainability. Embracing renewable energy, the National Hockey League is currently the 25th largest user of green power in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. The Department of Energy has an ongoing partnership with professional sports leagues to support clean energy technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing competition and bettering the fan experience ¬¬— including through improving the performance of NASCAR vehicles and track lighting. And the Department of State has been sending former and current professional athletes and coaches around the world to develop green sports events in communities abroad.   As we recognize these accomplishments, we rededicate ourselves to seizing the opportunities that will advance clean energy, improve energy efficiency, and increase our resilience to climate change. On this inaugural Green Sports Day, let us rededicate ourselves to safeguarding the one planet we share and strive to encourage sports fans across the globe to do the same. Signed by President Obama

I send greetings to all those marking the inaugural Green Sports Day.

America is leading the fight against climate change, and our favorite sports teams, athletes, and their fans have stepped up to the plate—taking significant steps to reduce their carbon footprints and educate people about sustainable solutions. On Green Sports Day, we celebrate these efforts and recommit to building a cleaner, safer, and healthier planet for all.

While captivating audiences in the thrill of the game, stadiums and venues around our country have become beacons of excellence in sustainability through the use of innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies. Athletes have also demonstrated their commitment to shaping a brighter future by speaking out about climate change.

The Federal Government is proud to work with America’s sports community to promote sustainability. Embracing renewable energy, the National Hockey League is currently the 25th largest user of green power in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. The Department of Energy has an ongoing partnership with professional sports leagues to support clean energy technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing competition and bettering the fan experience — including through improving the performance of NASCAR vehicles and track lighting. And the Department of State has been sending former and current professional athletes and coaches around the world to develop green sports events in communities abroad.

As we recognize these accomplishments, we rededicate ourselves to seizing the opportunities that will advance clean energy, improve energy efficiency, and increase our resilience to climate change. On this inaugural Green Sports Day, let us rededicate ourselves to safeguarding the one planet we share and strive to encourage sports fans across the globe to do the same.

— President Obama

 

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Calling on Communities – We Challenge You to Get Covered

Today, the White House is launching the “Healthy Communities Challenge”, calling on community leaders to reach out to the uninsured in their states to help them get covered under the Affordable Care Act.

As the Affordable Care Act has taken effect, 17.6 million Americans have gained coverage, and, since 2010, we’ve reduced the uninsured rate in this country by 45 percent.  The nation’s uninsured rate is now at its lowest level ever. 

Join the millions who now have access to affordable health coverage. #GetCovered today → https://t.co/5r9E9h6WeU pic.twitter.com/ejdqUECyGu

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 4, 2015

But in communities across the country, 10.5 million eligible people remain uninsured.

That’s why the White House is reaching out to local officials in 20 key communities with high percentages of uninsured Americans in states around the country. Community collaboration with local, state and federal officials can have a meaningful impact in helping these people get the health coverage they need.

Healthy Communities Challenge

At the end of open enrollment, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with State-based Marketplaces, will publish tallies of new Marketplace signups in the 20 participating communities and compare them to the uninsured rates at the beginning of the open enrollment period, to see which communities have made the most progress.

Most importantly, the community that gets the most coverage will get a healthier community, but they’ll also receive a visit from President Obama to celebrate their success in helping ensure every American has health coverage.

Communities Participating in the “Healthy Communities Challenge”

If you are a member of one of these communities, you can download city-specific graphics to promote the challenge on social media, using the links below.

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It's that time. Are you covered?

Health Care Market Place Open 2016

Starting today, the Health Insurance Marketplace is open for business. This means something for all of us.

Whether you changed jobs or haven’t been covered in the past, if you need health insurance for 2016, you can visit HealthCare.gov right now, apply, and get covered.

Maybe you just want to shop around, consider your options, or update your current plan. Either way, now is the time to do it. Just make sure you create an account so that you can log back in, apply, and enroll, or just update your info before January 31, 2016.

Every American deserves quality, affordable health care. If you or a friend needs coverage, go to https://t.co/PJ7xIL6FjY and sign up now.

— President Obama (@POTUS) November 1, 2015


Plans on the Marketplace change every year and, new, better and more affordable plans might be available in your area this time around.

And if you’re already covered, then help spread the word to friends, family and loved ones — let them know it’s time to join the millions of Americans getting covered during the next three months.

Right now, too many Americans who stand to benefit most from coverage have no idea what “open enrollment” means, what kind of coverage they’re eligible for, or what health care might mean for them.

We can help change that. Let them know it’s time to #GetCovered.

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Weekly Address: It’s Time To Reform our Criminal Justice System

In this week’s address, the President spoke to the need for meaningful criminal justice reform in America.  America faces a cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration that traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities.  The President believes that we can disrupt the pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails, and make our criminal justice system smarter, fairer, and more effective.  That’s why in recent weeks, he has been traveling the country and meeting with Americans who are working to improve the criminal justice system, from law enforcement officials working to lower the crime and incarceration rates, to former prisoners who are earning their second chance.  And on Monday, the President will travel to Newark, New Jersey to highlight efforts to help Americans who’ve paid their debt to society rejoin their communities. 

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, October 31, 2015.

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More than 4.91 Million Records Released

In September 2009, the President announced that—for the first time in history—White House visitor records would be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in June 2015. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 4.91 million—all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.

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Weekly Address: Protecting our Planet for Future Generations

In this week’s address, the President laid out the importance of serving as good stewards of the environment and maintaining the planet for generations to come.  Since taking office the President has prioritized protecting the places that make America special.  He has repeatedly said that no challenge poses a greater threat to our future than a changing climate, which is why he’s taken bold actions at home and encouraged historic action abroad on the issue.  In his address, he encouraged Congress to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund which has protected more than 5 million acres of land for more than half a century, without costing taxpayers a dime.  Republicans in Congress let the fund expire despite strong bipartisan support. And he reminded us that we all have to do our part to address climate change, promote clean energy and energy efficiency, and ensure a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. 

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, October 24, 2015.

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WEEKLY ADDRESS: Working for Meaningful Criminal Justice Reform

In this week’s address, the President highlighted the problems in our criminal justice system. Our country faces a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration that traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities. There are 2.2 million people behind bars in America today, compared to 500,000 just 30 years ago. This topic isn’t new – the President has talked about the unfairness of much of the criminal justice system since his time in the Senate. And while we’ve taken steps to address this issue, members of both parties agree that we can do more. Over the next few weeks, the President will travel the country and meet with Americans who are working to fix the criminal justice system, from law enforcement officials working to lower the crime and incarceration rates, to former prisoners who are earning their second chance. And he promised to continue to work with Congress to pass meaningful criminal justice reform that makes the system cost-effective, fairer, and smarter, while enhancing the ability of law enforcement to keep our communities safe.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, October 17, 2015.

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Weekly Address: Congress Should Do its Job and Pass a Serious Budget

In this week’s address, the President emphasized that we need to do everything we can to strengthen economic growth and job creation.  This week, despite the fact that more than half of Republicans in Congress voted to shut down the government for the second time in two years, Congress managed to pass a last-minute bill to keep the government open for another ten weeks.  That means that in December, we could face yet another Republican threat to shut down the government.  The President emphasized that Congress needs to stop kicking the can down the road and do its job.  He stressed that Republicans and Democrats need to work together to pass a budget that fully funds the government and reverses the harmful sequestration cuts, and vowed that he would not sign another shortsighted spending bill like the one Congress sent him this past week.

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Weekly Address: Dispose of Your Expired and Unwanted Prescription Drugs

In this week’s address, on “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day,” the President spoke about the importance of preventing and treating substance use disorders. Overdoses from prescription pain medications kill thousands of Americans every year, and more often than not, those drugs come from the family medicine cabinet. In addition, many heroin users started out by misusing prescription drugs. That’s why it’s important to take advantage of the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and safely, conveniently, and responsibly dispose of expired and unwanted prescription drugs at collection sites throughout your community—no questions asked. Drug disposal programs are part of the President’s 2011 Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan, which also included increasing education for prescribers, expanding Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, and pursuing Smart on Crime enforcement. In his address, the President called on us all to continue to work to reduce substance use disorders through evidence-based treatment, prevention, and recovery.

The prescription pain medication and heroin epidemic is claiming the lives of too many men, women, and young people.

You can help protect yourself and your loved ones from prescription drug misuse, heroin use and related overdoses:

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Follow Along: Official China State Visit

Today, President Obama welcomes Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, at the White House for an official State Visit.  This reciprocates President Obama’s State Visit to China in November 2014, making it the tenth state affair of the Obama Administration. 

The visit is an opportunity for the two leaders to discuss a range of global, regional, and bilateral issues of interest to both countries, and to outline a joint vision for an international agreement on climate change that builds upon last year’s historic announcement.

Check out a photo gallery from the first China State Dinner with President Hu Jintao.   Curious about State Dinners? Take a look back at the history behind these events.

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