DC French Embassy Showcases Building Greening Tools

Despite late March’s wet chill Wednesday morning, the D.C. Embassy Greening Forum convened a rousing group of many embassy representatives, D.C. government, local green facilities specialists, the U.S. State Department and Earth Day Network.  The Embassy of France hosted this third Forum, which focused on the tools and best practices for measuring and reducing buildings’ energy carbon footprints.  The French Embassy demonstrated how tools such as Bilan Carbone®, which measures greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, have allowed them to pinpoint specific emissions culprits within the building, improving the embassy’s overall efficiency.  The D.C. Embassy Greening Forum, a partnership initiative between the U.S. Department of State and Earth Day Network, was launched by Secretary Clinton on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in 2010.

In addition to discussing ‘green facilities,’ embassies made their pledges to engage in Earth Day 2011 events and contribute to its Billion Acts of the Green®campaign.  The Embassy of Canada, for example, will have a week-long set of activities the week of Earth Day.  Earth Day Network encourages all embassies worldwide to include their Earth Day event on our website.  

Stay tuned for the next D.C. Embassy Greening Forum session in 2011!