Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
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.
The Environmental Management Integration Team (EMIT) provides Department-wide leadership to integrate sustainability into the Department’s business practices for operations and facilities and to reduce the Department’s environmental footprint.
EMIT responsibilities include participating on federal agency policy development and implementation teams, leading departmental policy and sustainable practices technical workgroups and implementation teams, and managing the Department’s federal and internal environmental reporting requirements.
EMIT is the designated lead for standing up and managing the operation of Department’s Sustainability Council (Council). The Council is responsible for overseeing the Department’s sustainability and environmental strategies and performance. The Council consists of four management levels ranging from the Department’s Chief Sustainability Officer at the Assistant Secretary level to technical subject matter experts at the staff level.
The scope of EMIT’s sustainability leadership includes but is not limited to: sustainable buildings, electronics stewardship, environmental management systems, environmental compliance, pollution prevention, and solid waste management. EMIT manages the Council and working groups in a collaborative and interdisciplinary fashion using consensus to reach decisions with bureau and office representatives. The Team also manages the Environmental Achievement Awards and serves as a resource to bureaus and offices for compliance assurance and awareness of Federal and Executive requirements.