Sustainable Diplomacy

Eco-Diplomacy, coined by the U.S. Department of State, means: “the practice of advancing ecological protection by conducting diplomacy that leverages examples of conserving natural resources, sustainable operations, and effective environmental stewardship.”

Environmental stewardship, resource conservation and sustainable operations are critical elements to our nation’s domestic and foreign policies. The Department aims to harness the benefits of environmentalism in its operations, security and personnel’s well-being. Underlining goals include:

  • increase efficient use of resources and reduce related costs, thereby freeing up funds for the Department’s other critical efforts;
  • enhance the Department’s security and resiliency by reducing operational demand on energy, fuel, and water, while diversifying energy sources;
  • ensure the well-being of Department personnel is advanced through environmentally-safe working conditions and making transparent any risks;
  • maintain efficient use of resources through centralized collection and dissemination of best practices to avoid duplicative efforts and waste;
  • adopt next generation technology to advance sustainable operations and promote U.S. industries and solutions; and
  • build bridges between management and policy, establishing platforms of environmental successes for the benefit of diplomatic engagement.

Sustainability at State

Environmental stewardship, resource conservation and sustainable operations are critical elements to our nation’s domestic and foreign policies. The Department aims to harness the benefits of environmentalism in its operations, security and personnel’s well-being. Underlining goals include:

  • increase efficient use of resources and reduce related costs, thereby freeing up funds for the Department’s other critical efforts;
  • enhance the Department’s security and resiliency by reducing operational demand on energy, fuel, and water, while diversifying energy sources;
  • ensure the well-being of Department personnel is advanced through environmentally-safe working conditions and making transparent any risks;
  • maintain efficient use of resources through centralized collection and dissemination of best practices to avoid duplicative efforts and waste;
  • adopt next generation technology to advance sustainable operations and promote U.S. industries and solutions; and
  • build bridges between management and policy, establishing platforms of environmental successes for the benefit of diplomatic engagement.

Greening Diplomacy Initiative

The Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI) was launched on April 22, 2009, to capture and disseminate grassroots sustainability efforts at the U.S. Department of State. GDI is the umbrella term for actions undertaken by personnel, posts, offices, and bureaus to improve the environmental performance and sustainability of the Department of State’s world-wide facilities and operations.

GDI is support by the Eco-Diplomacy Unit within the Innovation Directorate, which works to strengthen and disseminate tools and policies aimed at increasing operational efficiencies that reduce the Department’s environmental footprint and operational costs. The Department of State’s Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) provides strategic direction and oversight for all efforts under GDI.

Greening Council

Greening Council (GC): Chaired by the Under Secretary for Management, is the Department’s senior-level body responsible for overseeing and providing strategic direction and guidance on the implementation of environmental performance and sustainability initiatives for the Department. The Department’s Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer serves as the Executive Secretary, with support from the GC Executive Secretariat (GC-ES). The Council is comprised of Under Secretaries and Assistant Secretaries from a diverse cross-section of the Department’s bureaus, including OES, ENR, EB, USAID, L, BP, HR, FSI, A, AQM, H, IIP, ECA, Regional Bureaus, DS, IRM, S/P, S/GP, CT, PRM, and OBO.

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