White House environmental policy adviser Sutley to resign

Wednesday - 12/4/2013, 9:00am EST

After five years as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Nancy Sutley will leave her position in February 2014.

"Nancy has played a central role in overseeing many of our biggest environmental accomplishments," President Barack Obama said in a statement.

Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), will step down in February 2014.

A series of firsts were established during Sutley's tenure. The Obama administration created the first ever National Ocean Policy, which aims to support healthy ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources. It also launched the first Climate Action Plan "that will help leave our children a safer, healthier planet," Obama said in the statement.

The President thanked Sutley for her counsel and service.

"Under her leadership, federal agencies are meeting the goals I set for them at the beginning of the administration by using less energy, reducing pollution, and saving taxpayer dollars," he said. "Her efforts have made it clear that a healthy environment and a strong economy aren't mutually exclusive — they can go hand in hand."

Before her appointment to CEQ chair, Sutley served as deputy mayor for energy and environment for the city of Los Angeles.

During the Clinton administration, she worked for the Environmental Protection Agency as a senior policy adviser to the regional administrator in San Francisco and special assistant to the administrator in Washington, D.C.

The statement did not say what Sutley's plans are for the future, nor did it say if a replacement has been named.

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