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Director's Corner

Dan Ashe served as FWS Director from June 2011 until January 2017. The following is an archive of blogs authored by Director Ashe during that time. This content is intended for historical reference only and not as a representation of current Service policy or opinion.

Our Carbon Footprint is Shrinking

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to “Mitigation,” or reducing the levels of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. It is one way we are directly responding to a changing climate.

 The San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex headquarters office.Credit: USFWS

Many of our “green” efforts got at least some of their funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Service received $280 million in ARRA funds, and improving energy efficiency was an important goal behind some of the projects we funded.

During a tough economy, we put people back to work and supported conservation and sustainability. I am proud of that.

Our plan is to become carbon neutral by 2020. And to achieve that, our people are engaging in some truly innovative “green” work. The Department of the Interior’s 2012 Environmental Achievement Awards recognize a number of those projects:


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