Updated Mar 11, 2020 - Politics & Policy

White House to pursue "1 Trillion Trees" initiative


A White House tree. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Officials from the White House, Congress, nonprofits and business will meet at the White House Wednesday to pursue a "1 Trillion Trees" initiative.

What's happening: The plan, launched in January in Davos, aims to "grow, restore and conserve 1 trillion trees around the world — in a bid to restore biodiversity and help fight climate change," the World Economic Forum said.

  • At the meeting, the group "will review current and new initiatives, and propose future processes and next steps," according to the White House.

The announced list of participants includes:

  • Jared Kushner
  • Ivanka Trump
  • Chris Liddell, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination
  • Jim Hubbard, Undersecretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment
  • Kate McGregor, Deputy Interior Secretary
  • Michelle Bekkering, Assistant Administrator, USAID
  • House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy
  • Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff
  • Kelvin Drogemeier, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.)
  • Bruce Harris, Vice President of Government Affairs, Walmart
  • Justin Adams, Executive Director, World Economic Forum
  • Jad Daley, American Forests, President and CEO
  • Jay Farrell, Executive Director, National Association of State Foresters
  • Jorn Lambert, Executive Vice President of Digital Solutions, Mastercard
  • Karen Fang, Managing Director, Global Head of Sustainable Finance, Bank of America
  • Josepfina Brana-Varela, V.P. and Deputy Lead, Forests, World Wildlife Fund
  • Michelle Patron, Director of Sustainability Policy, Microsoft
  • M. Sanjayan, CEO, Conservation International
  • Maggie Cordish, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Mary Mitsos, President and CEO, National Forest Foundation
  • Sophie Beckham, Chief Sustainability Officer, International Paper
  • Suzanne DiBianca, Executive Vice President and Chief Impact Officer, Salesforce
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