The Foreign Service Journal - April 2014 - page 30

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
A coalition of more than 100 U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide
shares ideas and practical experience in the field.
BY JOHN DAV I D MOL ESKY
I
n collaboration with the U.S. Agency for Interna-
tional Development, an embassy green team in San
Salvador helped build a school using recycled plastic
bottles from the mission. In Harare, the U.S. embassy
worked with the local government to sponsor a
refuse receptacle in a popular park overrun with
litter. And here at Embassy Helsinki, wide-ranging
renovations and retrofits focused on efficiency have
considerably reduced energy consumption.
From solar photovoltaic systems and rainwater harvesting in
Sri Lanka to geothermal heating in Stockholm, being a member
of the League of Green Embassies means something different for
John David Molesky is the League of Green Embassies coordinator, a family member position at Embassy Helsinki. In this capacity, he identifies
opportunities to implement energy-efficient, sustainable, high-performance solutions at U.S. diplomatic missions around the world. Molesky is in
Finland with his husband, Rodney Hunter, the political/economic section chief. In Washington, he has worked in information security at several U.S.
government agencies and in the private sector. This is his first overseas position.
The headquarters of the League of Green Embassies is located at the U.S. embassy in Helsinki. For membership inquiries or additional informa-
tion, please contact the author at
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The League of
Green Embassies
AMERICAN LEADERSHIP
IN SUSTAINABILITY
FOCUS
GREENING EMBASSIES
each mission, yet all share a common goal.
The mission of the League of Green Embassies is quite
simple: for U.S. missions to have a positive impact on the natural
environment through the promotion of energy efficiency and
other sustainable practices.
Environmental stewardship can become an important aspect
of nearly every other mission goal. League members understand
that global climate change is having a devastating impact on
many regions in the world; natural resources are being stressed
by overconsumption and mismanagement; and our waste
stream harms far too many ecosystems.
Any action we take to mitigate these problems is a positive
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