Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
October 28, 2015
The Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) will host “OFM Branching Out” in support of the Department’s Greening Diplomacy Initiative.
The event will be a collaborative tree planting in which State Department employees will partner with foreign diplomats, the non-profit Casey Trees, and local “citizen foresters” to plant 31 trees at the International Cultural Center (ICC), a 47-acre Department of State-owned enclave where 21 foreign missions are located.
Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom and Casey Trees Executive Director Mark Buscaino will deliver remarks before planting the first tree. Afterward, ambassadors and officials from 12 participating embassies will plant the trees. Each participating foreign mission made a donation to cover the cost of its tree for this event. OFM sponsored and will be planting two trees.
The event, which is open to the media, will begin at 9:30 a.m. outside 3507 International Place, Washington, D.C., 20008 (just off of Van Ness Street, NW, opposite the University of the District of Columbia). Media are requested to arrive no later than 8:45 a.m.
The Greening Diplomacy Initiative was launched in April 2009 to improve the environmental performance and sustainability of the State Department’s facilities and operations.
For this event, OFM called upon the expertise of Casey Trees, whose goal is to “restore, enhance, and protect the tree canopy in the nation’s capital.” Casey Trees spent extensive time researching trees native to the countries of the participating embassies and identifying those that would thrive in the Washington, D.C. environment.
For media logistics questions, contact:
- Vincent Crawley, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security Public Affairs, 571-345-7827 (office); 202-256-5277 (mobile); CrawleyVM@state.gov
- Diplomatic Security Public Affairs at DS-Press@state.gov