Biography

Margo-Oge
Margo T. Oge
Author, “Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars”; Distinguished Fellow, ClimateWorks; Former Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, US EPA
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In her new book “Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars” Margo Oge chronicles the political and regulatory history that led to America’s first formal climate action using regulation to reduce emissions through innovation in car design and portrays a future where clean, intelligent vehicles with lighter frames and alternative power trains will radically reduce carbon pollution.

Margo retired as director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality after thirty-two years with the EPA. While at the EPA, she was a chief architect of the most important improvements of air quality from the transportation sector ever, resulting in the prevention of 40,000 premature deaths and hundreds of thousands of cases of respiratory illness. She led the EPA’s first-ever national greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and heavy- duty trucks to double fuel efficiency by 2025 and reduce GHG emissions by 50%. She received Presidential Awards from Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and numerous environmental and industry awards. In commending her achievements, President Obama wrote, “Under your tireless leadership, we have realized significant environmental achievements in the transportation sector, from making diesel fuels cleaner to finalizing the most aggressive fuel economy standards for cars and trucks out to model year 2025.”

Margo serves as a Distinguished Fellow with ClimateWorks, a non-governmental organization that works globally to strengthen philanthropy’s response to climate change. She is serves on the International Sustainability Council of the Volkswagen, and is the vice-chairman of the board of DeltaWing Technologies, which is creating a new, high-efficiency passenger car based on the DeltaWing race car. She is a member of board of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), and the Alliance of Climate Education (ACE). She serves on National Academy of Science (NAS) Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, the Department of Energy Advisory Committee on Hydrogen and Fuel cells and the NAS Advisory Committee on Climate Change Research. She is also an advisor to Square Roots a life science company. Margo has an MS in engineering from the University of Massachusetts–Lowell and attended George Washington and Harvard Universities. She resides in McLean, Virginia.