At a meeting of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, Vice President Joe Biden called on the Council for Environmental Quality to report back to the task force in 90 days with proposals that build on the foundation laid in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand green opportunities and energy savings for the middle class.
Such proposals could include expanding retrofitting of commercial buildings, making American homes more energy efficient and developing better tools to help people find green jobs.
At Biden's request, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) will play the convening and coordinating role for agencies to identify and create proposals to expand green opportunities and energy savings for the middle class. CEQ will head up a ‘Recovery through Retrofit’ Interagency Working Group, which will work closely with the Office of the Vice President and the Middle Class Task Force.
The Recovery through Retrofit Interagency Working Group will work to make sure that ARRA investments are just the first step in creating a new market for energy retrofits in homes across the U.S.
SOURCE: White House