The U.S. Mission to the United Nations is a Proud Member of the League of Green Embassies
The U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva represents the United States at the United Nations and other international organizations and is a major center for multilateral diplomacy in Europe. The building regularly hosts diplomats from around the world for important bilateral and multilateral discussions on a variety of security, economic and political issues, including the recent negotiations on the New START nuclear treaty.
The prominence of the Mission building in international Geneva and the fact that it is regularly visited by diplomats and political figures from around the world were factors when the U.S. State Department selected Geneva as its “Flagship Post for Energy and Sustainability.” In 2005, the Mission was chosen as the site of the installation of the largest solar energy project ever undertaken by the Department of State overseas. Since 2009, it has also been home to an innovative magnetic levitation (MaglevTM) chiller air conditioning system that runs a virtually friction-free compressor.
Conserving the variety of plant and animal life is also a priority, and in 2009 the Mission became the first State Department facility to earn certification by the U.S. National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Seeking ways to further improve the sustainability of the building and grounds, the Mission formed a Green Team which worked with the American Society of Landscape Architects to recruit students to develop a sustainable landscape design for the Mission’s grounds. That project is currently underway.