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The Obama Presidential Center’s commitment to environmental sustainability

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  • Changemakers
  • Leaders

Find out how the 2023 cohort created a non-profit committed to a sustainable future for Africa, one entrepreneur at a time.

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  • Voyagers
  • Global Reach

Voyager to tackle food and water insecurity during Summer Voyage

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  • Leaders
  • Asia-Pacific

Obama Leader advocates for stronger climate policies

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  • Event
  • Chicago

Hundreds clean South Side parks and beaches

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  • Alumni
  • The Obama Administration

Meet the Obama alum who is leading climate action efforts at The Climate Group.

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Mustika Wijaya stands with the Wekeke village chief and religious leader at the site of Solar Chapter’s pump installation. They are surrounded by rocks and construction.
  • Scholars
  • Global Reach

Obama Scholar creates clean water for rural Indonesians

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  • Educational Material
  • Take Action

Together, we can do our part to reduce our environmental impact and live more sustainably. Whether you’re in Chicago or in far corners of the globe— we hope you’ll be a part of this collective work.

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  • Leaders
  • Europe

Obama Leader improves sustainability policies in Europe

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  • Take Action
  • Educational Material

April is Earth Month! At the Obama Foundation, we are guided by the belief that ordinary people working together can create positive change.

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Joseph Nguthiru, a Black man with a deep skin tone, smiles at the camera as he holds a biodegradable package wrapper made from water hyacinth. He is wearing a green shirt that reads, “Simply do good.”
  • Leaders
  • Africa

Obama Foundation Leader transforms aquatic weeds into biodegradable plastic.

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Devin Hampton, a Black man with a light medium skin tone, holds a closed-lip smile. He has short black hair and is wearing a gray suit jacket and white shirt. In the background is an office space with plants.
  • Alumni
  • The Obama Administration

Meet the Obama alum who is working to create new opportunities for Black and Brown professionals in the clean energy space.

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  • Presidential History
  • Alumni

Five years ago this week, the Paris Climate Agreement took effect, as nearly 200 nations committed to reduce their carbon emissions for the first time.

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  • Michelle Obama
  • Building the Center

From our earliest days of planning, we always knew we wanted to have a Fruit & Vegetable Garden at the future Obama Presidential Center

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  • Building the Center
  • Chicago

Drilling for geothermal wells is nearly complete, and work to connect the wells through a series of lateral ducts is about a third of the way finished.

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  • Barack Obama
  • Global Reach

After delivering remarks during COP26 in Glasgow, President Obama sat down with a group of emerging leaders from around the world who are doing their part to protect the planet. Check out what they discussed.

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  • Watch
  • Barack Obama

Watch highlights from President Obama's meeting with environmental activist Greta Thunberg for a little inspiration today.

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  • Building the Center
  • First Look

We’re excited for what the Center will mean for the community and wanted to share a glimpse of our plans and how the Park will change to better support the community and visitors from around the country and the world.

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