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Japan Environment Quarterly (JEQ)
Volume 2 | July 2013

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DC Greening Embassies Forum

Katsunori YANO

Second Secretary (Environment), Embassy of Japan in the United Statesof America

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Pledge Signing Ceremony

There is a unique environmental project here in Washington D.C. called 'D.C. Greening Embassies Forum', which has been led by the Department of State since 2010.

The Forum is a partnership between the Department of State and the D.C. diplomatic community, launched by the then-Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton on Earth Day 2010, and meets quarterly to share best practices, challenges and experiences on greening facility renovations and sustainable business operations.

In 2011, our Japanese Embassy also accepted a request to participate in the Forum and pledged to have more environmentally conscious operations, collect recycling products, change light bulbs throughout the Embassy to LED light bulbs and utilize temperature control through a computer-controlled heating system, etc.

The Forum aims to expand this circle of partnership to other country's embassies all over the world in the future, and we will continue the efforts as a member of the Forum.

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