Themed “Getting it Done,” the Green Embassies Workshop took place at the Paris Ambassador’s Residence on April 13, 2010. The Green Embassies workshop featured U.S. Ambassadors from the EU and other Foreign Service Officials from countries such as Germany, Finland, Sweden, and Greece. The workshop was broken down into specialized fifty-minute sessions on different strategies embassies can use to green themselves and how to fund green projects using Energy Performance Contracting (EPC).
The re-building of “Green” embassies started in the 1990’s. Per President Obama’s Green initiatives:
- the U.S. government will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28% by 2020, which applies to U.S. Embassies and Missions; and
- the U.S. will double its green exports in five years.