Green Initiatives

Our diplomatic missions require secure, safe, functional, well-maintained, and sustainable platforms for operation. At a time of surging energy prices and increasingly limited access to freshwater resources, conservation is of paramount importance at our facilities. Through the past decade, issues of security have taken priority over energy and sustainability. Recent federal mandates have demonstrated the interconnection of these two concerns. The Energy Policy Act 2005, 2006 Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 2007 Executive Order 13423-- Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy; and Transportation Management, the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) 2007; and Executive Order 13693 Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade require aggressive targets for sustainability. EISA has reclassified energy and water as issues of national security. To address and meet the aggressive targets set by these Federal mandates, OBO formed a cross-cutting Energy and Sustainable Design Unit.

The Energy and Sustainable Design Unit has delivered several milestones to galvanize commitment, guide progress, and demonstrate results, including:

  • Guide to Green Embassies: Eco-Diplomacy in Operation
  • Utility Reporting Database
  • Technical Studies
  • Energy and Water Audits
  • Energy Conservation Measures
  • Renewable Energy
  • Green Building Certification
  • Energy Savings Performance Contracts
  • Green House Gas Accounting

Together, these initiatives provide the State Department a strong framework for high-performance facilities, successful compliance with Federal mandates, and stronger American missions.