The photovoltaic system at Embassy Niamey harnesses electricity for more than half of the embassy’s needs and produces up to 750kW, the second-highest capacity at any U.S. embassy to date. Photo courtesy of B.L. Harbert International

New battery improves energy efficiency at Embassy Niamey

By David Shaffer and Cynthia Bensburg In August, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) installed its first ever large-scale renewable battery energy storage system at the new U.S. Embassy in Niger. The installation enhances...
Chargé d’Affaires Hugo Guevara (top) assists with installing the solar panels on the secure storage project at the chancery. The solar panels will provide 100% of the energy required to operate the facility during daylight hours. Photo by Alys Spensley

Embassy Baku practices eco diplomacy

By Naomi Anisman In his inaugural address, President Joe Biden laid out his plans to prioritize climate change in foreign policy strategy: “We will lead not merely by the example of our power but by...
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (center, left) pays respects to the victims of the Armenian Genocide at the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan, Armenia, Sept. 18. Photo by David Hakobyan

Historic visit underscores U.S. support for Armenia

By Jen McAndrew U.S. Embassy Yerevan welcomed a U.S. congressional delegation led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to Armenia, Sept. 17-19. Speaker Pelosi is the highest-ranking U.S. official ever to visit the country....
Ambassador Mark Brzezinski (back wall, fourth from right) and guests welcomed YouTube global Chief Executive Officer Susan Wojcicki (back wall, fifth from right), May 4. Photo by Karolina Gontarek

Mission Poland speaker series advances U.S. policy goals

By Madison Krstich A month after submitting his credentials, U.S. Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski launched the Businessperson/Statesperson Speaker Series, centered around the notion that business leaders of today have unique insights to share. Invited...
Embassy Ankara moved into a new campus in the Söğütözü business district, Aug. 29. The new embassy echoes regional traditions, while minimizing its impact on the local environment. Photo courtesy of Embassy Ankara

New embassy building symbolizes U.S.-Türkiye relationship

By Evan Lewis The U.S. embassy team in Ankara, Türkiye, bid farewell to their former embassy building in the Kavaklidere neighborhood and began operations at their new campus, Aug. 29. The new embassy is situated...
A local conservator teaches a Thai student intern techniques to preserve a 17th century Buddha statue in Wat Chai. Photo courtesy of the World Monuments Fund

Climate change and cultural preservation in Thailand

By Kanchalee “Kelly” Jitjang  During the catastrophic floods of 2011 in Thailand, the walls of the 17th-century Chaiwatthanaram Temple (also known as “Wat Chai”) were overwhelmed, inundating the site with several feet of water. Wat...
A participant (right), flanked by an interpreter (left), delivers remarks at a graduation ceremony for ATA-led aviation security training for eight West African nations in Dakar, Senegal, June 22. The train-the-trainer course included 24 airport and aviation security professionals to help their countries meet international airport security standards. Photo by Vince Crawley

Eight African nations complete ATA aviation security courses

By Vince Crawley  Airport security professionals from across West Africa completed five weeks of aviation security training provided by the Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) program, in partnership with Embassy Dakar and the government of Senegal, May...
U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus (ROC) Judith Garber and ROC Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Works Permanent Secretary Stavros Michael sign a five-year Agreement on Cultural Heritage Protection at the Cyprus Museum, June 14, 2022. Photo by Jessie Bryson

Bilateral agreement expands cultural heritage protection in Cyprus

By Jessie Bryson U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus (ROC) Judith Garber and the ROC’s Permanent Secretary of Transport, Communications, and Works Stavros Michael signed the first bilateral agreement on cultural heritage protection, June...
Global Community Liaison Office staff members speak to individuals from the Mohamed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa Academy for Diplomatic Studies and human resource representatives from the Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs, June 15. Image by Mahmood Ahmed

Groundbreaking partnership in ‘Pearl of the Gulf’

By Linda McMullen Embassy Manama has worked closely with the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) for more than 50 years. In October 2021, the embassy enhanced this relationship by collaborating with the...
Consul General Lisa Heller (right) extracts honey from Mission China’s first apiary, with support from Strategic Content Coordination Director Caleb Portnoy (left). Photo by Jing Chen

Pollinators create a biodiverse buzz in Guangzhou

By Leslie Mongin Confronting the climate crisis can seem daunting on an individual level, but the Green Team at the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou is proving that communities can take everyday actions to make...

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