Mercury's surface in "enhanced color," a color scheme created to emphasize color differences. This is not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but by applying mathematical analysis to images, color differences can be accentuated beyond those visible to a person.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
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With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
WASHINGTON – Department of the Interior (DOI) today announced the winners of the Department's 2011 Environmental Achievement Awards. Winners included three individuals and ten teams of DOI employees who demonstrated extraordinary commitment to sustainable practices and environmental remediation at DOI sites.
The winners were diverse, and included: an initiative that cleaned up and recycled thousands of pounds of metal, tires and other debris from wildlife refuge lands; an innovative construction project that earned a LEED Gold certification; a revamped business system that allows coal industry auditors to operate in a completely paperless environment; and a “Sustainability Hero” who goes above and beyond to keep an Alaska office facility weather-tight and energy efficient through the harsh Northern winter.
An award was also presented to Xanterra, a concessioner in Grand Canyon National Park, which transformed the operation of the Grand Canyon Railway to be as environmentally sustainable as possible by retrofitting the inefficient 19th-Century steam locomotive to run on waste vegetable oil.
“Environmental Achievement Award recipients and honorable mentions represent the Department's most valuable resource: our creative, dedicated and resourceful employees. I am honored to present these awards to outstanding DOI professionals from various disciplines and locations who took the initiative and put in the extra work to make our lands and facilities cleaner and greener,” Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget Rhea Suh said. “My heartiest congratulations to this year's award recipients and honorable mentions—DOI appreciates their service and is proud of their leadership.”
The DOI awards convey high-level recognition to DOI employees and partners for DOI projects in the following categories: Sustainability Hero; Green Innovation; Lean, Clean, and Green; Good Neighbor; Green Dream Team; Building the Future; and Environmental Remediation.
The awards recognize departmental employees and partners who have attained exceptional achievements under Executive Order 13514 “Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance” and for cleaning up contaminated land.
The award selection panel of environmental and procurement experts from DOI bureaus and offices, selects recipients and honorable mentions for recommendation to DOI's Senior Sustainability Officer. All nominations are screened to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.
The scope of the DOI environmental achievement awards and categories reflect those of the GreenGov Presidential Award program. Only recent DOI award recipients and honorable mentions may be nominated for the GreenGov Award.
For more information about the award recipients and to review the honorable mentions, please visit www.doi.gov/greening.