Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Salazar, Chu to Flip Switch on Energy-Efficient LED Lights on National Mall
65 percent energy savings expected from state-of-the-art lights; Ceremony kicks-off week of energy events for Obama Administration
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will participate in a lighting ceremony featuring the newly-installed LED lights on the National Mall. Illuminating the Mall from 3rd to 15th Streets, the LED technology is expected to reduce lighting energy by up to 65 percent and provide a well-lit atmosphere to welcome the National Mall's 25 million annual visitors.
“Achieving an economy built on American energy will require an all-of-the-above approach, one that includes safely and responsibly developing our domestic energy resources – and making the most of what we have available through efficiencies,” said Secretary Salazar. “There is no more fitting place to build a model of energy efficiency than right here in America's front yard, the National Mall, with the installation of these LED lights.”
"Using energy efficient LED lightbulbs is an important way Americans can save money by saving energy," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "Investing in an American economy that is built to last includes taking advantage of all of America's energy resources while working to improve efficiency. Installing these energy efficient bulbs on the National Mall is an important demonstration of our commitment to partnering with the private sector to promote energy saving technologies."
Salazar and Chu will be joined by Superintendent of the National Mall and Memorials Parks Bob Vogel, President of the Trust for the National Mall Caroline Cunningham, and CEOs from Pepco, OSRAM SYLVANIA, and Siemens who donated the materials and skilled labor for the LED light installation.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy
Bob Vogel, Superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks
Caroline Cunningham, President, Trust for the National Mall
Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens Corporation & CEO, U.S. Region
Rick Leaman, President & CEO, OSRAM SYLVANIA
Joseph M. Rigby, Chairman, President and CEO, Pepco Holdings, Inc.
National Mall Lighting Ceremony
Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m.
National Mall at 14th Street & Madison Drive
Audio mult box will be provided. Parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis.