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the Foreign Service journal


April 2015



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

posts overseas.

The Greening Council encourages

employee participation. State employees

can access an internal “Greening Diplo-

macy” blog at

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 at

—Shannon Mizzi, Editorial Intern

The Quiz


What are these countries called in


1. Shqiperia

2. Hayastan

3. Zhongguo

4. Misr

5. Eesti Vabariik

6. Suomen Tasavalta

7. Sak’art’velo

8. Magyarorszag

9. Bharat

10. al-Urdun

11. Hanguk

12. Lubnan

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.