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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.
Secretary Jewell and GSA Acting Administrator Tangherlini to Announce Interior as First Federal Agency Updating to Hybrid Vehicles
Jewell, Tangherlini will make announcement during Sustainability Event for Earth Day Week
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, April 24, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini will announce that Interior will be the first federal agency to update its federal fleet with hybrid vehicles as part of GSA's new initiative to replace an aging federal fleet with hybrid vehicles.
Interior and GSA will partner to replace up to 300 gasoline and alternative fueled vehicles with hybrids. This will replace nearly a third of the vehicles owned by the Department under consideration.
“We are excited to be the first to partner with GSA on this important initiative to make our vehicles more fuel efficient,” said Jewell. “We will target replacement where it makes the most sense and has the greatest return on investment. This is a simply a good business decision that will benefit not only our bottom line, but reduce our carbon emissions as well.”
“Providing a hybrid federal fleet is an essential part of GSA's commitment to making government agencies as efficient and effective as possible,” said Tangherlini. “At a time when government needs to make every tax dollar count, GSA is committed to creating more energy efficiency and cost-saving opportunities like the fleet consolidation program that make government smarter and reduce our environmental footprint.”
GSA on Monday announced its Fleet Consolidation program to give federal agencies the opportunity to replace their aging fleets with hybrid vehicles. Through this initiative GSA expects to expand their number of hybrid vehicles by up to 10,000. GSA will fund the total incremental cost to replace consolidated vehicles with new hybrid sedans.
Jewell and Tangherlini will make the announcement in Washington D.C.'s Rawlins Park where OPM, GSA and DOI are hosting an Earth Day event with recycling opportunities and fuel efficient car demonstrations.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Dan Tangherlini, Acting Administrator of the General Services Administration Elaine Kaplan, Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to join GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini to announce that Interior will be the first federal agency to update its federal fleet with hybrid vehicles under the new initiative
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:30 p.m. – Press Availability to announce Interior's intent to update its federal fleet with hybrid vehicles