19 Jun

U.S. Embassy Harare Starts a Recycling Program: Why Should We Recycle?

The League of Green Embassies encourages diplomatic missions worldwide to work towards implementing sustainable practices to solve current environmental challenges. Different missions face different issues. Some work to combat issues such as littering, whereas others focus on methods to reduce excessive greenhouse gas emissions. Nations worldwide are trying to respond to these and other issues. […]

23 Jan

U.S. Embassy Sweden Turns to Geothermal Heating

The United States Embassy in Sweden is converting eight government owned properties to geothermal heating. Seven of these properties currently use electrical heat and one is heated by fuel oil. The heat pump systems that will be installed in the properties range from 6 kilowatt (kW) to 10 kW and are expected to save the […]

14 Nov

Sale of Recyclable Materials Helps Pay for Healthcare at U.S. Embassy Rangoon

Since its inception in 2011, the recycling program at U.S. Embassy Rangoon has sold over $2,000 worth of recyclables to local businesses. To support sustainable living, GSO holds semiannual “junk” sales during which we sell items that otherwise would go into the trash: shredded paper, cardboard, magazines, newspapers, cartridges, glass bottles, plastic containers, aluminum cans, […]

30 Sep

Green Summer Challenge Winner: U.S. Embassy Colombo

Below, Facilities Manager Charles Baier shares what posts can accomplish with a “can-do” attitude. Embassy Colombo participated in the League of Green Embassies Green Summer Challenge achieving first place overall — congratulations, and great work! As you may know, in an old (30 year) existing building in the developing world, it can initially feel hopeless trying […]

20 Sep

Summer Greening Challenge: U.S. Embassy Dhaka

Embassy Dhaka participated in the League of Green Embassies Green Summer Challenge achieving third place overall — congratulations, and great work! Embassy Dhaka, winning third place in the League of Green Embassies Green Summer Challenge, made outstanding efforts in reducing electricity consumption bills and developing greener practices within the embassy.  Efforts include the renewal of […]

26 Aug

Embassy San Salvador: The Bottle School

Embassy San Salvador participated in the League of Green Embassies Green Summer Challenge with their contributions toward the construction of a bottle school in Candelaria, El Salvador.  Peace Corps volunteer Michael Pantano, assigned to work in Candelaria from 2011-2013, was the project leader and collaborated closely with the Embassy.  When Michael arrived in Candelaria, he […]

24 Jul

US Embassy Helsinki Innovation Center Landscaping

Innovation Center Landscaping                 In 2010, the U.S. Embassy Helsinki’s office annex was in need of major renovations. The building lacked modern safety, security, and accessibility features. The obvious solution was a renovation, but the concept went much further. Driven by the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), Ambassador Bruce Oreck, and […]

17 Jul
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League of Green Embassies: Green Summer Challenge

Green Summer Challenge Greetings! This summer the League of Green Embassies is holding a challenge to see who is undertaking the most interesting or innovative greening activities. Anyone can enter!   Here are a few guidelines:   Let us know what you are doing! Send us pictures with captions, a video, a short story, or […]

12 Jul
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U.S. Embassy Helsinki Visits Katri Vala

Katri Vala: The World’s Largest Heating and Cooling Plant The U.S. Embassy in Helsinki is the first embassy facility in the world to utilize both district heating and cooling. League of Green Embassies Intern, Sean Huth recently visited Helsingin Energia’s Katri Vala, the largest underground district heating and cooling plant in the world. Sean shares […]

28 Jun

Embassy Helsinki’s Innovation Center Featured in Finnair Blue Wings Magazine

Flying on Finnair this month? Check the seatback pocket for the latest issue of Blue Wings featuring U.S. Embassy Helsinki’s new Innovation Center.