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.
The Department has established a FY 2025 Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions reduction goal of 36 percent below the FY 2008 baseline. Scope 1 emissions include direct greenhouse gas emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by a Federal agency. Scope 2 emissions include direct greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the generation of electricity, heat, or steam purchased by a Federal agency. The broad strategies to achieve this goal are:
Reducing building energy intensity;
Increasing the use of clean and renewable energy;
Implementing on-site renewable energy generation projects; and
Reducing the use of fossil fuels in both buildings and fleet.
The Department also established a FY 2025 Scope 3 GHG emissions reduction goal of 23 percent below FY 2008 levels. Scope 3 emissions are from sources not owned or directly controlled by a Federal agency, but related to agency activities, services, and employee travel and commuting. Click here for an illustrated explanation of Scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions.
Scope 3 GHG emissions can be far reaching as they are the consequence of the Department's activities. It represents an important opportunity to influence the behavior of employees and suppliers towards activities that reduce GHG emissions and protect the climate.
The broad strategies to achieve scope 3 GHG emissions reductions include:
Implementing lower-carbon commuting and travel strategies for employees in coordination with the GSA;
Reducing business travel;
Reducing purchased electricity consumption to minimize transmission and distribution losses;
Implementing on-site renewable energy projects; and
Increasing source reduction and diversion of nonhazardous solid waste.