Thursday, March 11, 2010

Obama's Faith-Based Initiative, EPA, DOE & ENERGY STAR

Joshua DuBois, left with President Obama, is director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He is President Obama's ambassador to religious gatherings, connects the president with faith leaders for spiritual counsel, helps scout Washington churches for the first family, and handles the frequent media queries about Obama's faith. Before stepping into politics, DuBois, 27, was a pastor at small Pentecostal church in Massachusetts. DuBois is tasked with overhauling the White House faith-based office and managing its branches in 12 federal agencies.

Two of those agencies are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which partners with the U.S. Department of Energy in implementing the ENERGY STAR For Congregations and ENERGY STAR Congregations Awards Program. Doretta Reaves is EPA's liaison to the White House Office on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. AAEA initiated the Robert J. Knox Research Institute in 2008 to publish research papers and other documents that address issues of faith and environmental justice. (Wash Post, 3/10/10, President Obama's Faith Based Initiative & Global Warming)

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