The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) has released the Fiscal Year 2012 Sustainability, Energy and Water Conservation Management Report for Capitol Hill. In FY 2012, the AOC surpassed its annual energy reduction goals and achieved its sustainability objectives for the year.
The Sustainability, Energy and Water Conservation Management Report describes the AOC’s efforts to reduce energy and water usage and tracks progress made through FY 2012, costs avoided as a result of energy savings, and expected outcomes for future years.
The AOC is committed to a more energy-efficient and sustainable...
Update: The plant has completed its bloom cycle and is no longer on display at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
The titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum), also known as the corpse flower or stinky plant, is in bloom at the United States Botanic Garden Conservatory. It went on display on Thursday, July 11, and began to bloom on Sunday, July 21. Once fully open, it may remain in bloom for 24 to 48 hours, and then it will collapse quickly.
The renown of the titan arum comes from its great size – it is reputed to have the largest known unbranched inflorescence in the plant kingdom.
Referred to as the...
“You’ve got to shine,” says Tony Blue, a woodcrafter’s helper working for AOC through a partnership with So Others Might Eat (SOME). “That’s what our SOME instructor told us—be on your best, do your best and always try to learn something different.”
So Others Might Eat is a D.C.-based organization that provides comprehensive, holistic support to D.C. citizens who are homeless and poor. While many people know it for providing meals, and it does serve 1,000 meals a day, SOME also has a Center for Employment Training whose mission is to "empower people out of homelessness and poverty and into...
“This work had to be done right. Period,” said Mark Italiano, project manager for the AOC's House Superintendent's Office, as he described how in less than four weeks, a dedicated team of tradecrafts experts was able to transform Room 104 in the Cannon House Office Building into a completely wheelchair-accessible office suite.
The office suite was being prepared for Member-Elect Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, a veteran of the Iraq War, who in 2004 lost both legs and part of the use of her right arm when the helicopter she was piloting was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Kevin Hildebrand,...
From May 25, 2013 - October 14, 2013, the U.S. Botanic Garden "Food for Thought" highlights U.S. Botanic Garden plant collections in this annual outdoor Terrace exhibit, featuring plants with culinary, ornamental, medicinal and cultural value. Find inspiration to cook something new, plant food for pollinators or even grow your own food. Explore the U.S. Botanic Garden's Conservatory Terrace to see some amazing food plants, both familiar and exotic, from around the globe. Get lost in thought and wander through David Rogers' Big Bugs(tm) wooden sculptures adorning the Garden grounds.
On April 16, 2013, pursuant to H Res 364, the U.S. House of Representatives dedicated Meeting Room HVC-215 in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center to the memory of Gabriel “Gabe” Zimmerman.
The plaque includes the following inscription:
GABRIEL “GABE” ZIMMERMAN
COMMITTED PUBLIC SERVANT; FRIEND TO ALL
THIS MEETING ROOM IS DEDICATED IN MEMORY OF GABE ZIMMERMAN, WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED SERVING THE PEOPLE OF ARIZONA WHILE CARRYING OUT HIS DUTIES AS AN AIDE TO REPRESENTATIVE GABRIELLE GIFFORDS. HIS DEDICATION TO COMMUNITY AND TO THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS...