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Energy Efficiency Sweep across Europe

May 10, 2012: U.S. Embassy Vienna, Austria
¤ U.S. Ambassador Eacho Presents his ‘Green’ Residence. The Austrian Press Agency (Apa) reports and describes how the diplomatic mission in Vienna has now been environmentally friendly equipped. APA reports on the “League of Green Embassies Reception,” Thursday evening, and how the Ambassador proudly demonstrated the latest energy saving technologies installed in the Hietzing residence. In the presence of Austrian Foreign Ministry State Secretary Wolfgang Waldner, Eacho stated that President Obama had announced the US goal to improve the energy efficiency of America’s government buildings and save through investments in new technologies up to $40 billion annually in energy cost and create new jobs at the same time. Apa writes that “The League of Green Embassies” is a global network of nearly 100 U.S. and Foreign Missions. Austria also plays in that “League” with its Embassy building in Jakarta. (Austrian Press Agency, 5/11/2012)
¤ Greening of the U.S. Embassy in Vienna (“USA in Wien wird ‘grüner’”) On ORF TV, prime time regional news for Vienna on Friday reported that the residence of the U.S. Ambassador in Austria “has become greener.” The building has installed a number of environmental-technology devices, such as energy-friendly light bulbs. At a gala event last week, the U.S. Embassy also “presented the latest in electric cars and motorcycles. Companies banking on green jobs demonstrated how they put the premises’ lighting and heating systems on an energy-saving course.” U.S. Ambassador William Eacho told ORF TV that “we’ve already cut our energy consumption by more than 30 percent. And we intend to cut even more with other energy-saving projects. (in German) (ORF TV, 5/11/2012)
¤ U.S. Ambassador as ‘Eco-Biker’ (in German) “US-Botschafter als ‘Öko-Biker’”) (Kronenzeitung, p. 18, 5/12/2012) Article in mass-circulation tabloid Kronenzeitung, which is Austria’s most influential print media with an estimated readership on weekends of more than 1.3 million. View article translation here.
February 15, 2012: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy
¤ Obama opens the door to Europe’s green economy (“Obama apre le porte della green economy all’Europa”) (in Italian) (La Stampa, 02/21/2012)
¤ Whirlpool (.pdf, in Italian) Financial daily Finanza e Mercati covered the Green Embassy event. (Finanza e Mercati, p. 5, 02/16/2012)
¤ David Thorne’s Green Diplomacy (“La diplomazia verde di David Thorne”) (.pdf, in Italian) Democratic Party daily Europa extensively details the new technologies installed at Villa Taverna and quotes the Ambassador as saying that “a small quantity of saving in each house contributes to lessen our dependence on foreign sources.” (Europa, p.1, 02/16/2012)
¤ Energy efficiency and savings, Villa Taverna becomes ‘Green’ (“Energia: Efficienza e risparmio, Villa Taverna diventa ‘Green’”) (.pdf, in Italian) News agency ANSA covered the Green Embassy Event at Villa Taverna and highlighted the tremendous savings brought about by the new technologies. (ANSA, 02/15/2012)
¤ Energy: Thorne and savings from less dependence on foreign oil (“Energia: Thorne, con risparmio meno dipendenza da petrolio altrui”) (in Italian) News agency AGI covered the Green Embassy Event at Villa Taverna and highlighted the tremendous savings brought about by the new technologies. (Agenzia Giornalistica Italia, AGI, 02/15/2012)
¤ Villa Taverna goes ‘green’: U.S. Ambassador Thorne halves energy consumption (“Villa Taverna si fa ‘green’, l’ambasciatore Usa Thorne dimezza consume di energia”) (in Italian) News agency Adnkronos covered the Green Embassy Event at Villa Taverna and highlighted the tremendous savings brought about by the new technologies.  (Adnkronos, 02/15/2012)
¤ The U.S. Embassy saving energy: Villa Taverna becomes green (“L’ambasciata Americana a risparmio energetic: Villa Taverna diventa green”) (in Italian) Online daily Blitz Quotidiano stresses “energy saving, ‘green economy’ and major autonomy from foreign sources: this is the triple meaning of the ‘green’ turning point at Villa Taverna.” (Bliz Quotidiano, 02/15/2012)
¤ U.S. Embassy: when diplomacy goes green (“Ambasciata Usa. Quando la diplomazia diventa green”) (in Italian) Elite centrist magazine Formiche covered the Green Embassy event. (Formiche, 02/15/2012)
¤ Ambassador David H. Thorne Remarks at Green Embassy Event, Rome, February 15, 2012 (U.S. Embassy Rome) (02/15/2012)
¤ Photo Stream: Green Initiative (U.S. Embassy Rome) (02/15/2012)
December 13, 2011: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria
¤ U.S. Ambassador to Sofia James Warlick: “We should pave the way to green building technologies” (in Bulgarian)(“Посланикът на САЩ в София Джеймс Уорлик: Трябва да прокарваме път на зелените строителни технологии”) (Stroitelstvo Gradat, 12/19/2011)
¤ Ambassador Warlick Unveils Energy-saving Makeover of Residence of U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria (U.S. Embassy Sofia)(12/14/2011)
¤ US Ambassador Warlick unveils ‘green’ initiative at Sofia residence(The Sofia Echo, 12/14/2011)
¤ League of Green Embassies (video, in Bulgarian)(“Зелена лига на посолствата”) (BNT, 12/13/2011)
¤ Warlick saves electricity, wants to sell it to Sofia Municipality (.jpg, in Bulgarian)(“Уорлик пести ток, ще го продава на София”) Trud dedicates coverage to yesterday’s tour and demonstration of newly-installed energy saving appliances at Ambassador Warlick’s residence, quoting Ambassador Warlick as saying that households can save a lot on their utility bills by making “not too large an investment” in energy saving devices. The paper also reports that Ambassador Warlick was excited to drive Chevrolet’s new electric-powered Chevy Volt, quoting the Ambassador as expressing his intention to invite Prime Minister Boyko Borissov for a test drive of the car. (Trud, p.9, 12/14/2011)
¤ Warlick combated energy vampires in his residence (.jpg, in Bulgarian)(“Уорлик пребори енергийните вампири вкъщи”) 24 Hours dedicates coverage to yesterday’s tour and demonstration of newly-installed energy saving appliances at Ambassador Warlick’s residence, quoting Ambassador Warlick as saying that households can save a lot on their utility bills by making “not too large an investment” in energy saving devices. 24 Hours prints several pictures of energy-saving residence appliances, which were demonstrated during the tour, and gives a detailed description of their contribution to energy saving in the house. The paper also reports that Ambassador Warlick was excited to drive Chevrolet’s new electric-powered Chevy Volt, quoting the Ambassador as expressing his intention to invite Prime Minister Boyko Borissov for a test drive of the car. (24 Hours, p.26, 12/14/2011)
¤ Photo stream: Ambassador Warlick Unveils Energy-saving Makeover of Residence of U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria (U.S. Embassy Sofia)(12/13/2011)
December 7, 2011: U.S. Embassy Lisbon, Portugal
¤ USA Improves Energy Consumption (.pdf, in Portuguese)(“EUA melhoram consumo energético”) (Correio da Manhã, 12/8/2011)
¤ U.S. Ambassador Presents More Environmentally-Friendly Residence (U.S. Embassy Lisbon) (in Portuguese)(“Embaixador dos EUA Apresenta Residência Mais Amiga do Ambiente”) (12/2/2011)
December 6, 2011: U.S. Embassy Warsaw, Poland
¤ US Ambassador’s Residence in Warsaw Goes Green(Warsaw Business Journal, 12/09/2011l)
¤ League of Green Embassies (U.S. Embassy Warsaw)(12/7/2011)
¤ Greener America From Behind the Scenes (.pdf)(Gazeta Wyborcza, 12/7/20110)
¤ “Greening the Ambassador’s Residence” Event (U.S. Embassy Warsaw)(11/30/2011)
December 6, 2011: U.S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia
¤ Residence of U.S. Ambassador Goes Green (.pdf) (U.S. Embassy Bratislava)(12/1/2011)
December 6, 2011: U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland
¤ Ambassador Donald S. Beyer Hosts a “Green Embassy” Press Conference and Lunch (Dec 6, 2011) (U.S. Embassy Bern)(12/6/2011)
¤ Invitation to Press Conference on 6 December 2011: Technical and Structural Innovations Make U.S. Embassy in Bern Energy-Efficient and Environmentally-Friendly (U.S. Embassy Bern) (in German)(“Einladung zur Pressekonferenz am 6. Dezember 2011: Technische und strukturelle Neuerungen machen die US Botschaft in Bern energieeffizienter und umweltfreundlicher”) (11/30/2011)
¤ Invitation to Press Conference at the U.S. Embassy (U.S. Embassy Bern) (in German)(“Einladung zur Pressekonferenz der US Botschaft”) (11/10/2011)
November 28, 2011: U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain
¤ Environmentalism of the Embassy (.pdf, in Spanish)(“Ecologismo de embajada”) (El Mundo, p.57, 11/29/2011)
¤ The U.S. Ambassador in Spain Highlights the High Turnout and the “Mandate for Change” of the Spanish Electorate (in Spanish)(“El embajador de EEUU en España destaca la alta participación y el “mandato de cambio” del electorado español”) (Europapress.es, 11/28/2011)
¤ The U.S. Embassy in Madrid joins the “League of Green Embassies”(In Spanish)(“La Embajada de EEUU en Madrid entra en la ‘Liga de Embajadas Verdes’ “) (ABC.es, 11/28/2011)
Nov 28, 2011 – ASE Final Press Release:
¤ Alliance to Save Energy: Energy-Saving Embassy Makeovers ‘Sweep’ Europe (ASE, 11/28/2011)

Other League News

¤ How the Glass Industry Can Win Gold The IGS column of Paul Bastianen (09/10/2012)
¤ Guest Blog: U.S. Ambassador Oreck – Our New Relationship with Energy Last year the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki, in conjunction with Youth for Understanding (YFU) and the Center for International Mobility (CIMO), sent 15 Finnish students for a six week home-stay in my home State of Colorado. These Young Ambassadors undertook an amazing journey and have become part of a new generation of global citizens ready to influence how the world will reinvent its relationship with energy to frame the economic vitality of the 21st Century. (01/20/2012)
¤ Stockholm Progress Report (pdf)(12/13/2011)
¤ Ambassador Eacho on Climate Change (U.S. Embassy Vienna)(YouTube 12/02/2011)
¤ Inauguration of Embassy Athens’ Photovoltaic Project (U.S. Embassy Athens) (Photo)(12/01/2011)
¤ Lisbon Progress Report (pdf)(11/29/2011)
¤ Ougadougou LEED Silver Certification (U.S. Department of State)(11/16/2011)
¤ U.S. Finland Embassy Seeks LEED Platinum (Earth Techling)(11/16/2011)
¤ “British Green Deal”: League member U.S. Embassy London guided by UK Government’s new Green Policy. Department of Energy and Climate Change(11/9/2011)
¤ The embassy in Kampala recently joined the League of Green Embassies, an initiative by the U.S. Department of State and several other government agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of embassies worldwide. IIP Digital(09/16/2011)
¤ GPD Draws Glass Executives Focused on Innovation and Transformation, The USGlass News Network(06/17/2011).
¤ Portuguese Daily Highlights Green Embassy Program as Part of Ambassador Oreck’s Visit. (.pdf) During a recent visit to Portugal, U.S. Ambassador to Finland and the Chairman of the League of Green Embassies, Ambassador Bruce Oreck, gave an interview to prominent Portuguese daily newspaper, Público. In the two-page interview, Ambassador Oreck explained the objective of the League of Green Embassies, while highlighting the environmental best practices implemented at the U.S. Embassies in Finland and Portugal.(Público, 05/28, pp. 14-15).
¤ “Electric bus from Lahti in Brussels” By Tommi Berg, Uusi Lahti (4/16/2011). The article is available in Finnish and in English.
¤ Press coverage about the greening of U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Brussels: Article in La Capitale (.pdf) and article in La Derniere Heure (.jpg).
¤ Extra-Efficient Embassies By Frances Robinson, The Wall Street Journal Blogs(4/19/11).
¤ TV Brussel – April 16 weekly highlights program featuring the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Brussels (Video)(04/19/11)
¤ Private firms help as 230-year-old residence of US ambassador to Belgium gets green makeover By Don Melvin, The Associated Press(4/15/2011).
¤ TVBrussel Energy-Saving Makeover of the Embassy (Video)(4/15/2011).
¤ US embassies in mission to ‘green’ the world’s buildings By James Murray(4/14/2011).
¤ U.S. Ambassador Howard Gutman’s Residence Makeover in Brussels by U.S. Embassy Brussels(4/14/2011).