Category: Press Releases

US Mission Geneva “Goes Native” With Planting of Geneva Prairie Grasses

On April 20, 2011, the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva will celebrate its signature of Geneva’s Garden Charter (Charte des Jardins) with a seed sowing ceremony beginning the conversion of the lawns surrounding our building to meadows of flowering prairie grasses indigenous to the Geneva region. The conversion from lawn to prairie meadow marks the first major step in implementation of an ambitious multi-year sustainable landscape project to transform the Mission’s grounds into a series of local ecosystems that will support local flora and fauna and connect us with the larger Geneva environment.

Landscape Architecture Students Help Green the Grounds of the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva

Nine U.S. landscape architecture students will spend the first two weeks of August studying the grounds surrounding the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and drafting a sustainable landscape design that can be phased in over five years. The students will work alongside three Swiss landscape architecture students, and under the guidance of three American landscape architecture educators, to deliver a comprehensive, sustainable landscape design that improves the landscape’s performance while also demonstrating American expertise.

The U.S. Mission’s Photovoltaic System – Fact Sheet

Since July 5, 2005, when the Mission’s energy system was placed on line, it has generated an average of 366 kilowatt hours per day. At peak capacity, the system can produce enough electricity to power 37 average homes. On an average summer day, the electricity generated by the photovoltaic installation prevents 360 kg (800 lbs) of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO 2) from being emitted into the environment. Over the course of the expected 30-year life of the system, this will amount to a total savings of approximately 1,800 metric tons (1,960 tons) of CO 2 .