State Department Contributes to A Billion Acts of Green®
5/9/11 | | 2 comments
On May 6, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Affairs Kerri-Ann Jones announced that as of April 24, the State Department had logged nearly 1,300 Acts of Green. Watch the video after the jump.
Inspired by the Billion Acts of Green® campaign, the State Department held an internal contest using their Sounding Board intranet site. All of the Department’s international posts and bureaus in 177 countries were encouraged to compete against each other to see which office could make the most “green” contributions.
The post with the highest employee percentage of green pledges was Reykjavik, Iceland, which logged a 63% commitment level relative to the size of their total staff. Two other posts had commitment levels above the 50% participation rate: Bratislava, Slovakia, and Canberra, Australia. The winning domestic bureau was the Overseas Building Office which had a 25% commitment level.
The Embassies and Consulates closely collaborated with their local communities to promote a healthy planet, such as Islamabad, Pakistan, where they organized a hiking trail clean-up in the Margalla Hills. In Washington, the State Department hosted Earth Day events, showcased their own facility’s green building and recycling efforts, and performed their very first 6k Walk for Water to raise awareness about the millions of people worldwide without access to clean water.
I am happy to know that so many members of the State Department are committed to using our natural resources wisely and protecting the environment,” Jones said.
We applaud the U.S. State Department for their unfaltering commitment to protecting our planet.