During the months of November and December, six Europe EE Sweep events have taken place. Ambassador-hosted events took place in Madrid, Bratislava, Warsaw, Berne, Lisbon and Sofia. See Press Reports on these events.
In March, 2011, Embassy Finland and the Alliance to Save Energy joined forces to help retrofit the 230 year old residence of U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman. As the Associated Press reported in April:
“Enormous 18th-century houses aren’t known as the most energy-efficient buildings in the world. But now the 230-year-old residence of the U.S. ambassador to Belgium has gone green, thanks in large measure to donations from private companies. . . The floor space of the Louis XVI-style house is in excess of 16,000 square feet (1,500 square meters) — larger than six average American houses put together — which must have made heating it quite a project, especially as the attic was completely uninsulated.”
League of Green Embassies enlarged the potential of the program that is spearheading our new relationship with energy in US embassies across Europe, and boosting U.S. exports. Ten separate Ambassador-hosted events will feature twelve Chief of Mission Residence makeovers, undergoing energy renovations, reducing carbon emissions and saving thousands of dollars similar to the one done in Brussels. Six events have already taken place:
In 2012, four more events will take place:
The U.S. Department of Commerce is committed to supporting the exports of US green building market leaders working in the areas of resource efficiency (energy, water, land, materials) and reducing waste and pollution around the world.