President's Council on Sustainable Development


The President's Council on Sustainable Development was established on June 29, 1993 by Executive Order 12852. The Council adopted the definition of sustainable development as stated in the original Brundtland Commission report: development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The 25-member Council is a groundbreaking partnership drawing leaders from industry, government, and environmental, labor and civil rights organizations, and is charged with developing bold, new approaches to integrate economic and environmental policies.

President Clinton appointed Jonathan Lash, President of World Resources Institute, and David Buzzelli, Vice President and Corporate Director of Environment, Health and Safety and Public Affairs at The Dow Chemical Company as Co-chairs of the Council. The Council's Executive Director is Molly Harriss Olson.

The Council's mission is:

Council members serve on eight task forces:

The Council meets quarterly over an initial two-year period and may be renewed for an additional two years. The 1993 meetings were held in Washington, DC. During 1994 the Council met in Seattle, WA in January, Washington, DC in April and October and in Chicago, IL in July. In January 1995, a meeting was held in Chattanooga, TN and the final two meetings are scheduled for April 27-28 in San Francisco, CA and June 27-28 in Washington, DC. A status update will be available in April 1995 and the final report of the Council to the President is planned for release in October 1995.

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