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.
DOI Sustainability Council is the governing body of the Department level environmental management system (EMS). It serves as the forum to address Executive Order 13693 implementation challenges as they emerge. The solutions to challenges will be vetted through the Council's technical work groups and if not solved, the challenges will be evaluated further to be addressed by the Council.
Departmental Energy Conservation Committee (DECC) Chaired by the Office of Acquisition and Property Management and consists of bureau representatives, it serves as a conduit for information to the bureaus and makes policy recommendations on current and planned DOI-wide and Government-wide activities and a feedback loop from the bureaus on facility management energy initiatives to implement related legislation and executive orders.
Fleet Managers Working Group Chaired by the Office of Acquisition and Property Management and comprised of representatives from each bureau with primary responsibility for fleet management or vehicle energy management within their respective bureau. The Working Group serves as a conduit for information to the bureaus, makes policy recommendations on current and planned DOI-wide and Government-wide alternative fueled vehicle (AFV) initiatives and programs.
Interagency Committees with Interior Representation
Federal Interagency Energy Management Task Forcewas created by the Federal Energy Management Improvement Act of 1988 to coordinate Federal Government activities in promoting energy conservation and energy efficiency and in informing outside entities of the Federal Government's experience in energy conservation. Composed of Federal energy managers, the Task Force provides analysis and recommendations surrounding technical issues and the implementation of Federal energy management activities. The Task Force establishes working groups to resolve specific technical or programmatic issues and to develop new initiatives. It also serves as a forum for sharing lessons learned across Federal agencies.
Interagency Committee on Alternative Fuels and Low Emission Vehicles (INTERFUEL)was organized in 1991 by Federal employees working to implement provisions of the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) and planning for the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992. Today, INTERFUEL remains committed to ensuring that Federal fleets comply with amended CAAA and EPAct laws and regulations. In addition, members are involved with issues affecting Federal fleet policy, funding, and vehicle operations. Members consist of more than 200 Federal employees and direct support contractors involved in alternative fuels, alternative-fuel vehicles, low-emission vehicles, and mandated fuel use reductions applicable to Federal fleets.
Energy Efficient Products/Procurement Work Group. Established and chaired by the Department of Energy, the interagency group promotes the Government-wide acquisition of energy efficient products and encourages water conservation at Federal facilities.
Renewable Energy Working Group promotes the use of renewable energy and identifies innovative ways to procure renewable energy products. Chaired by the Department of Energy and the National Energy Renewable Laboratory and comprised of energy coordinators from several agencies and industry representatives.
Interagency Sustainability Working Group is the coordinating body for sustainability of the built environment in the Federal sector. The ISWG was formed by Executive Order in 2001. It is one of seven work groups that report directly to the Executive Order 13423 Steering Committee. The ISWG is charged to:
Serve as a forum for information exchange and promote agency implementation of goals for high performance and sustainable buildings;
Develop policy and reporting guidance that fosters the widespread adoption of sustainable design and operations in the Federal sector; and
Develop technical guidance and tools to support implementation of agency sustainability policies for Federally-owned, operated, and leased buildings.
Federal Operations and Maintenance Working Group helps Federal agencies integrate operations and maintenance (O&M) best practices to ensure optimum energy efficiency and life-cycle cost effectiveness within Federal programs. Specifically, the O&M Working Group serves to:
Educate Federal energy managers on O&M best practices;
Document the benefits of O&M in meeting Federal mandates;
Develop outreach materials;
Measure and verify successes and prove real value; and
Communicate the business case for O&M investments.