Diplomatic Community Signs Sustainability Pledge With the District of Columbia Government and U.S. Department of State

On Wednesday, October 5th, from 6-8 p.m., over 60 ambassadors and other senior embassy officials will convene at the Embassy of Italy to sign a pledge in support of the District of Columbia's Sustainable DC plan and its goal to make the District the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States. Since 2009, embassies have supported this work through the D.C. Greening Embassies Forum, which provides a platform to share best practices, conduct training, support sustainability delegations, and provide high-level briefings. The Forum's success in D.C. has sparked a global effort, with the diplomatic corps in Rome, Italy and Bangkok, Thailand launching additional Forum chapters and instituting sustainability pledges.

The signatory embassies represent countries from around the world. Almost 80 embassies and other international institutions signed the original pledge in 2012. Almost five years later, this revised pledge highlights the Paris Agreement and will renew the international community's commitment to supporting the efforts of their host city of the District of Columbia. Remarks will be made by His Excellency Armando Varricchio, Embassy of Italy; Ambassador David H. Thorne, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of State; Christine Harada, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, White House Council of Environmental Quality; Tommy Wells, Director of the Department of Energy and the Environment, District of Columbia; and Ambassador Adam E. Namm, Director of Management, Policy, Rightsizing and Innovation, US Department of State.

The event is open to the press, but registration is requested through emailing eco-diplomacy@state.gov by 10am Wednesday. Final access time is 5:30 p.m. at the Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St NW..

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo media credential (e.g., Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), or (2) an official photo identification card issued by their news organization, or (3) a letter from their employer on official letterhead verifying their current employment as a journalist. Additionally, they must present an official government photo identification card (i.e., U.S. driver's license or passport).

Source: The U.S. Department of State