U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald E. Booth launched the U.S. Embassy Green Team on March 22, 2011 to commemorate World Water Day and highlight U.S. Government workplace "green" initiatives.
The U.S. Embassy Ethiopia Green Team promotes environmentally sound standards within the U.S. Mission community and buildings. The team members encourage U.S. Mission personnel to take small steps in their daily lives that will have a positive and lasting impact on the environment such as recycling.
Any plastic bottles used by U.S. Embassy staffers are recycled through the embassy's partnership with Aquapure General Trading, an Ethiopian company that recycles plastic for a range of businesses in Ethiopia and abroad. The embassy also has a paper recycling program through a partnership with a local non-governmental organization called "Treesavers."
In remarks at the launch ceremony for the U.S. Embassy Green Team, Ambassador Booth highlighted U.S. Government international water policies and objectives and U.S.-sponsored water and sanitation activities in Ethiopia, saying "since 2005, the U.S. government has provided a total of $3.4 billion for the water and sanitation sector in developing countries around the globe. Here in Ethiopia, water is a key element of U.S. global food security, health, and climate change initiatives."