The Foreign Service Journal - April 2014 - page 24

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APRIL 2014
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
FOCUS
GREENING EMBASSIES
State’s homegrown Greening Diplomacy
Initiative relies on seeding,
harvesting, sifting, implementing
and sharing employees’ innovations
and ideas, large and small.
THE GREENING
DIPLOMACY INITIATIVE
Capturing
Innovation
T
here is an art to innovation. Sometimes,
as at the American embassy in Kam-
pala, that innovation results literally in
art—such as the beautiful beads and
handicrafts that local artisans create
from the embassy’s recycled paper
and glass.
Sometimes it yields creative solu-
tions, like the tubes that illuminate
the State Department’s LEED Gold-certified Human Resources
Center in Charleston, S.C., with concentrated sunlight.
At other times, creative innovation can transform the port-
folio of energy sources for a locality, such as when the State
Department worked with private-sector partners to build new
wind and solar farms to generate nearly half the power needed
for its facilities in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Such innovations, both large and small, are driving the green-
ing of the State Department.
Caroline D’Angelo, an eco-management analyst in management policy
rightsizing and innovation, works in the Greening Diplomacy Initia-
tive’s executive secretariat. She previously worked for the Wharton
School’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership and the
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Please follow GDI on Twitter and
Facebook @StateGDI, and send questions to
.
Electric cars and bicycles are parked outside Embassy Bern.
BY CAROL I NE D ’ANGE LO
League of Green Embassies
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