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.
Secretary Jewell to Deliver Keynote at American Wind Energy Association Conference
Jewell to Highlight Administration Efforts to Develop Clean Energy Sources, Cut Carbon Pollution as part of President's Climate Action plan
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PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will deliver keynote remarks at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Offshore WINDPOWER Conference in Providence, Rhode Island on Tuesday, October 22, where she will highlight the important role of clean energy in the President's Climate Action Plan and powering the economy.
Efforts to spur responsible development of offshore wind energy are part of a series of Obama Administration actions to increase renewable energy both offshore and onshore by improving coordination with state, local and federal partners.
As part of the President's comprehensive Climate Action Plan, he has challenged Interior to re-double efforts on its renewable energy program by approving an additional 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy production on public lands and waters by 2020. As part of that challenge, Interior this year has already held two successful, competitive offshore wind lease sales offshore Rhode Island & Massachusetts and Virginia.
AWEA is the national trade association of America's wind industry, with over 1,300 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers.
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank will join the Secretary at the conference, participating in a panel discussion later that morning on "Advancing Development through Federal Agency Leadership."
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Walter Cruickshank, Deputy Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator (D-RI)
Keynote Remarks at the American Wind Energy Association Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition
Media Availability with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) & Tom Kiernan, CEO, AWEA, following Opening General Session in Ballroom E
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
9:55 A.M. EDT - Secretarial remarks
11:00 A.M. EDT - Media Availability, Ballroom E
Rhode Island Convention Center
One Sabin Street, Providence, RI
Members of the media who wish to cover this event must RSVP to Lindsey North with AWEA at LNorth@awea.org TODAY, Monday, October 21 by 5 PM EDT.
Reporters unable to attend the event may request an MP3 recording of the Secretary's remarks by contacting Interior's Office of Communications at 202-208-6416 or by emailing Jessica_kershaw@ios.doi.gov.