French Embassy Signs Environmental Sustainability Pledge
The French Embassy, along with more than 30 embassies and international institutes in the Washington area joined Mayor Vincent Gray on Tuesday, January 31 at the Embassy of the Netherlands to sign an environmental sustainability pledge. Representing France was the embassy’s First Counselor, Anne de la Blache.
Coordinated by the U.S. Department of State’s D.C. Green Embassies Forum, founded in 2010 by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the pledge is the first collaborative initiative of its kind to help make the District the greenest city in the country. The pledge underscores the diplomatic community’s commitment to the District’s environmental and sustainability goals. Washington currently ranks among the top 10 greenest cities in the nation. With more than 175 embassies and national representations, the capital also enjoys one of the highest densities of foreign missions in the world.
- Mrs Anne de la Blache (right), First Counselor, signs the pledge for the French Embassy
The language of the pledge includes specific engagements for embassies in the fields of transportation, energy & building, water conservation, waste reduction, eco-purchasing, jobs and community, training, and reporting and action. “Collaboration between the international community and the District of Columbia will deliver real benefits and improve the quality of life for District residents and the thousands of international citizens who make the District their home,” said Mayor Gray.
To view the Dutch embassy’s photo album of the event, please click here.
The pledge reflects the French Embassy’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. In 2009, our embassy launched the Green Embassy Project. This ambitious program led to a renovation of the building as well as optimization of daily practices. A new heating and air conditioning control system was installed. The electricity we purchase is now low-carbon. The hot water temperature has been lowered, electric bikes have been made available to employees for work-related commuting, and waste management has been streamlined. To find out more about the Green Embassy Project, please click here.