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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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Titan Arum in Bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden

July 10, 2013

Titan arum in bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden
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...

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Food for Thought Exhibit Now at U.S. Botanic Garden

May 31, 2013

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.  This...

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Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room Dedicated at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

April 16, 2013

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 ZIMMERMAN MEETING ROOM GABRIEL “GABE” ZIMMERMAN COMMITTED PUBLIC SERVANT; FRIEND TO ALL 1980-2011 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 INSPIRES...

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Rosa Parks Statue Joins U.S. Capitol Art Collection

February 21, 2013

Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, today shared some details about the Rosa Parks statue that is slated to join the U.S. Capitol Art Collection following an unveiling ceremony on February 27, 2013, hosted by 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). Authorized by Public Law 109-116, as modified by Public Law 110-120, the Rosa Parks statue represents the first commission of a full-sized statue approved and funded by the U.S. Congress since...

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Colors of Capitol Hill

February 20, 2013

Flowers by the West Front Fountain at the U.S. Capitol
After a winter of gray skies and leafless trees, the AOC Capitol Grounds crew never fails to wow visitors and staff with a kaleidoscope of flowers that, come spring, burst into bloom around the Capitol. “Spring is a reawakening,” said David Ellis, supervisory gardener for the Capitol Grounds, who has been with the AOC for nine years. “When you see the yellow daffodils start coming up, even through an early spring snow, it seems like a new beginning.” Throughout the year, Ralph LoJacono, general supervisor for the AOC Capitol Grounds Gardening Division, and the approximately 30 gardeners on...

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