the Foreign Service journal
he April 1965
cover is a painting
by Ruth Renwick, a portrait artist and the
wife of senior USAID official Donald Q. Coster.
On her husband’s assignment to Saigon, Mrs.
Coster closed her studio inWashington, D.C.,
and accompanied him to Vietnam. There she
achieved the rare distinction of being the only
American and the only female member of the
faculty of the University of Saigon, where she
taught painting—in French, which she speaks
fluently—to Vietnamese students.
50 Years Ago
can values and innovations.”
The Greening Council strives to facili-
tate the formation of “green teams” at
posts, and also provides the department
with sustainability reports to moni-
tor progress. One important program
launched in February is a data partner-
ship with the Environmental Protection
Agency to install air quality monitoring
equipment at select U.S. diplomatic
The Greening Council encourages
employee participation. State employees
can access an internal “Greening Diplo-
macy” blog at wordpress.state.gov/eco
ptions. The blog is a forum for exchang-
ing best environmental practices and
offers a variety of practical resources.
Readers can email or post items about
their own initiatives for publication.
GDI’s site provides links to valuable
eco-resources including a
Guide to Green
Post Green Team Toolkit
designed to help motivated embassy
employees form and lead a team at post
and to provide information on such eco-
options as Energy & Water Audits and
Energy Savings Performance Contracts
(known as ESPCs).
Audits are the first step in assessing
existing conditions to identify areas for
improvement. ESPCs allow federal agen-
cies to complete energy savings projects
without up-front capital costs or special
congressional appropriations. The ESPC
at Embassy Managua is reducing the
embassy’s grid power demand by 54
The Greening Council also confers
annual Green Diplomacy Initiative
Awards. Last year’s top prize went to
Mission Thailand’s “Turn It Off” cam-
paign, which saved more than $900,000
and reduced energy use by 11 percent.
Future goals for the Greening Council
include rolling out the “Turn It Off” pro-
gram around the world, engaging in pub-
lic diplomacy and leading by example in
eco-diplomacy—and, of course, examin-
ing any ideas that users submit.
More information on State’s eco-
diplomacy programs can be found atwww.state.gov/green.
—Shannon Mizzi, Editorial Intern
LOST IN TRANSLATION
What are these countries called in
5. Eesti Vabariik
6. Suomen Tasavalta
This quiz was submitted by retired FSO
Rob Callard. Find the answers on p. 15.
“Your Online Sweetie
Might Be a Scammer”
he Department of State’s Bureau of
Consular Affairs reached out to an
Internet-savvy audience for Valentine’s
Day this year with the publication of a
six-point Buzzfeed “listicle” detailing
safety tips for those who wade into the
dangerous waters of online dating.The article, “Six Signs Your Online Sweetie Might Be an Overseas Scammer,
includes humorous images relating to
each of the six points using pop culture
references such as “The Office,” “30 Rock”
and “Napoleon Dynamite,” as well as
Beyoncé, model Miranda Kerr and, of
course, adorable cats.