“[W]e cherish our magnificent land and waterways, abundant natural resources, and unique wildlife. As a Nation, it is our duty to recognize the importance of these life-sustaining gifts, and it is our responsibility to protect them for our own benefit and that of generations to come.”
–Presidential Message on Earth Day, April 22, 2018
The Office of Policy and Public Outreach (PPO) works with other OES offices, regional bureaus within the State Department, and the interagency to coordinate U.S. engagement on environment, science, technology, and health (ESTH) priorities around the world. PPO is also the public affairs and outreach lead for the Bureau, working with OES subject matter experts to design OES public communications and engagement strategies.
OES/PPO develops special projects, grant programs, international exchanges, and conferences to shape the Bureau’s engagement with other U.S. federal agencies, NGOs, the private sector, and directly with the public. Examples include Zoohackathon—a weekend event for coders and conservationists to develop digital tools to fight wildlife trafficking—and the GLOBE Zika Education and Prevention Project (GLOBE Zika). PPO also coordinates the State Department’s work with NASA’s GLOBE program around the world.
For press inquiries, please contact OES-PA-DG@state.gov.