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Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Statue to Join U.S. Capitol National Statuary Hall Collection

February 26, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced today that they will dedicate a statue of the late Dr. Norman E. Borlaug at a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, March 25 in National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol. Widely regarded as America’s greatest agricultural scientist, Dr. Borlaug’s groundbreaking work in wheat improvement saved starving populations around the globe and earned him our nation’s highest honors. The statue will represent the...

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United States Botanic Garden opens two exhibitions in February

February 19, 2014

This February, visit the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) to see two new exhibitions on display; American Botanicals: Mid-Atlantic Native Plants and Orchid Symphony. On Saturday, February 15, the USBG opened American Botanicals: Mid-Atlantic Native Plants, an exhibition of botanical illustrations. Native plants feed the regional biota, respond to our seasons and soils and reinforce our sense of place. This exhibition features original paintings and drawings of beautiful native plants and associated pollinators by members of Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment (BAEE). These...

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AOC releases FY 2013 Performance and Accountability Report

February 04, 2014

The Architect of the Capitol's Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 is now available. This report provides the United States Congress and the American people information on AOC’s annual performance results, management challenges and financial accountability. The PAR provides programmatic and financial performance data for FY 2013. AOC uses the PAR to promote transparency and accountability over the federal funds it receives and to demonstrate its responsibility for the public property in its care. The PAR also shows AOC’s steadfast dedication to...

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Christmas Tree to arrive at U.S. Capitol on November 25

November 13, 2013

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will arrive at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol along First Street, NW, at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 25, 2013. This year’s tree is an Engelmann spruce from the Newport Ranger District of the Colville National Forest in Washington State. It was harvested on November 1, and is currently traveling from Washington across the country; making stops in 22 communities along the way. After it arrives at the U.S. Capitol and is secured in the ground, the tree will be decorated with thousands of ornaments, handcrafted by Washingtonians to reflect this year’s theme, “...

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AOC Launches U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration

October 22, 2013

The United States Capitol Dome, symbol of American democracy and world-renowned architectural icon, was constructed of cast iron more than 150 years ago. The Dome has not undergone a complete restoration since 1959-1960 and due to age and weather is now plagued by more than 1,000 cracks and deficiencies. This fall the Architect of the Capitol will begin a multi-year project to repair these deficiencies, restoring the Dome to its original, inspiring splendor and ensuring it can safely serve future generations of visitors and employees as the roof of the Capitol. “As stewards of the Capitol...

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AOC releases FY 2012 Sustainability, Energy and Water Conservation Management Report

August 29, 2013

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 future...

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