Sarah Forbes

Director, CCUS - Council on Environmental Quality
Executive Office of the President

Sarah M. Forbes is currently the Director for Carbon Capture Utilization and Sequestration at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Sarah began her career at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, working on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) during the program’s formative years. While at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a nonprofit environmental think tank, Sarah led all aspects of an expert stakeholder process resulting in two seminal guidelines documents for CCS and stakeholder engagement for CCS still in use. Building on this work, she created a bilateral project to interpret the Guidelines to a China-specific framework. Sarah’s experience includes testifying for US congress on CCS, shale gas and clean energy. Sarah has authored numerous publications, including reports, technical and policy papers, and book chapters. She has been instrumental in the development of US, Canadian, and international standards for CCS. Sarah has provided regulatory and environmental expertise on CCS and clean energy technologies to the Asian Development Bank for China and the World Bank for South Africa. She has served on several advisory committees in areas such as international standards and regulatory development and is a former member of two Federal advisory groups to the DOE. Sarah volunteers for her local trail organization, including as the race director for a nonprofit half marathon. She holds a B.S. from Wheaton College in Biology and a M.S. from Mississippi State University in the Biological Sciences.