The Washington Times - December 3, 2013, 05:41PM

A key adviser to President Obama and an architect of many of the administration’s environmental and climate policy initiatives will step down in February, the White House announced Tuesday.

Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and former top official at the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration, helped establish the White House’s landmark fuel economy standards and also led the government’s effort to cut pollution and use less energy at federal facilities.

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In a statement Tuesday, Mr. Obama said Ms. Sutley has “played a central role” in the administration’s environmental agenda over the past five years.

“Under her leadership, federal agencies are meeting the goals I set for them at the beginning of the administration by using less energy, reducing pollution and saving taxpayer dollars,” the president said. “Her efforts have made it clear that a healthy environment and a strong economy aren’t mutually exclusive — they can go hand in hand.”