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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 20, 1995



The President today announced his intention to appoint Eileen B. Claussen as the Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment, and International Scientific Affairs for the State Department.

The President heralded Ms. Claussen's work on behalf of the environment in saying, "she has been a trusted advisor to me on global environmental issues and has helped this administration in its efforts to protect the resources of our natural world."

Eileen Claussen is the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Global Environmental Affairs on the National Security Council. Ms. Claussen is responsible for coordinating U.S. policy on the global environment, and for recommending appropriate policies to the President on these issues. Included are policies on global climate change, biodiversity, forest management, oceans, desertification, and trade and the environment, as well as environmental and sustainable development efforts of the multilateral banks and the United Nations.

Between 1987 and 1993, Ms. Claussen was Director of the Office of Atmospheric Programs for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She was responsible for the development and direction of programs in the areas of stratospheric ozone protection, acid rain control, and global change. Specifically, Ms. Claussen represented the EPA and the United States in the negotiation of the Montreal Protocol and its amendments, and served as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Montreal Protocol's Multilateral Fund. She was also responsible for the development and implementation of rules under Titles IV and VI of the Clean Air Act. Ms. Claussen chaired the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Advisory Committee and the Acid Rain Advisory Committee in addition to representing the EPA in the successful negotiation of the Air Quality Accord with Canada. Ms. Claussen also directed the development and implementation of a number of voluntary pollution prevention programs, including the Green Lights Program, the Energy Star Computer Program, the Golden Carrot Super-Efficient Refrigerator Program, and a number of programs to control methane from landfills and coal mines.

Ms. Claussen has served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and as Director of the Office of Solid Waste's Characterization and Assessment Division. During her career, Eileen Claussen has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Fitzhugh Green Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Environmental Protection. She received her B.A. from George Washington University, and her M.A. from the University of Virginia.