Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 19, 2010


The Department of State will commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day as well as the first anniversary of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Greening Diplomacy Initiative on April 21 (the eve of Earth Day, which is April 22) in the Dean Acheson Auditorium. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Daniel A. Clune of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs will speak at the event, and Director Marguerite Coffey of the Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing and Innovation will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

At the event, the Department will formally launch the D.C. Forum for Greening Embassies, which will convene foreign missions to exchange ideas on environmental issues and operational practices. Featured speakers include Finnish Ambassador to the United States Mr. Pekka Lintu, Earth Day Network Chief Executive Officer Kathleen Rodgers, as well as the Global Environment Facility’s Climate Change Leader, Robert Dixon, and Natural Resources Team Leader, Gustavo Fonseca.

Media are invited to attend the event, which will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 10:45 a.m. There will not be a question and answer period at this event.

Access time for cameras: 9:00 a.m. at the 23rd Street entrance.

Access time for writers and stills: 9:40 a.m. at the 23rd Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend the opening session upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo ID card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying employment as a journalist and an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport). Press should allow adequate time to process through security.

For more about the Department’s Earth Day event, please contact: Alice Chu, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs’ Office of Public Outreach, at: (202) 647-1247 or ChuAR@state.gov.

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PRN: 2010/477