The annual presentation of the “Mayor’s Sustainability Awards” will take place June 26, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Embassy of Denmark. Remarks will be given by Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Danish Ambassador H.E. Taksoe-Jensen, and Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy of the U.S. Department of State. The audience will include members of the foreign diplomatic community, international organizations, and the Washington, D.C. Government.
As members of the D.C. Greening Embassies Forum, 77 foreign embassies have signed a sustainability pledge to support greening efforts in the District. These embassies participate in State Department-coordinated sustainability workshops and events.
Each year, the Mayor selects leading D.C. entities, including embassies and businesses, for the Mayor’s Sustainability Awards. The awards highlight sustainable practices in eight areas: Energy & Buildings, Transportation, Water Conservation, Waste Reduction, Eco-Purchasing, Jobs & Community, Training, and Reporting & Action.
The event’s host country, Denmark, is celebrating an ambitious and leading goal to become fossil free by 2050. Both the Embassy of Denmark in the U.S. and the Danish Governments are encouraging sustainable design and practices around the world.
Under Secretary Kennedy will be available for interviews.
The remarks will be open to the press.
Final access time for press: 5:15 p.m. at the Residence of the Ambassador, Embassy of Denmark, 3200 Whitehaven St NW.
Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).