Margo T. Oge
Author and Former Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Margo Oge served the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for more than 32 years from 1980 to September 2012. She is widely recognized as having been a key architect of the Agency’s efforts to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Most recently, Oge is the author of the book Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars wherein she discusses the science, policies, future technologies and converging macro trends that are revolutionizing personal mobility.
During her 18-year tenure as Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Oge was the chief architect of the most important achievements in the history of air pollution control in the U.S. transportation sector. These included programs that reduced emissions from automobiles, trucks, buses, off- road vehicles including locomotives, marine vessels, and gasoline and diesel fuel up to 99 percent. Combined, the programs are estimated to prevent over 40,000 premature deaths and hundreds of thousands of respiratory illnesses each year.
Oge led the EPA’s first-ever national greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and heavy- duty trucks to double fuel efficiency by 2025, reduce GHG emissions by 50% and save consumers $1.7 Trillion at the pump. She also led the development of the renewable fuels standard, which will significantly increase the volume of biofuels in our nation’s fuel supply. These new rules are viewed as some of the most significant steps forward in improving the sustainability of the U.S. transportation sector.
Oge was also instrumental in establishing the UN process on global harmonization of transportation emissions standards worldwide, helping China to design policies and programs to address pollution from cars and fuels and working with numerous governments for a sustainable transportation sector.
Previously, Oge served as the Director of the Office of Radiation and Indoor Air. Under her leadership, the EPA addressed indoor air pollution and developed the scientific findings that raised the world’s awareness about the health dangers of secondhand smoke and radon. She also initiated the program for the first successful nuclear waste repository in New Mexico. Earlier in her career, she led the creation of EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Program that tracks and reports the release to the environment of 650 toxic chemicals. TRI became a powerful “Community Right to Know Program”.
In 2004, Oge received the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award from President George W. Bush for her outstanding leadership on environmental transportation issues. She is also a recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Award from President William Clinton and EPA’s Distinguished Service Career Award.
Oge has also been honored by numerous environmental organizations. She was the recipient of the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment Woman of Achievement Award and the California Air Resources Board’s Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award for her efforts to protect California’s air quality and public health. In 2012 she received “The All Stars Award” from Automotive News.
Oge is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of Delta Wing Technologies; Board member, National Academies of Science on Energy and Environment; Board member, Union of Concerned Scientists; Board member, International Council on Clean Transportation; Board member, Alliance Climate Education; Member, DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Advisory Committee; Member, National Academies of Science Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Climate Change Research Program.
Oge earned her Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She also attended George Washington University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.