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28 May 2019

Join the Effort to Improve the Health of Our Oceans

Susan Lozier, AGU’s President-elect, encapsulated the forward-looking spirit and dialogue of global ocean experts earlier this month: As an oceanographer, I view the upcoming United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development as an incredibly important opportunity for the global community to focus on the health of Earth’s oceans. Many recent studies have revealed the negative effects humans have had on the oceans, from the sea surface to the …

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18 April 2019

AGU Honored with the First Clean Energy DC Award

As the leader of an innovative, forward looking organization, I am proud to share that AGU received the very first Clean Energy DC Award to honor its commitment to sustainability through our newly renovated headquarters building, the first net-zero energy commercial renovation in Washington, D.C. This award was presented to AGU during the District Sustainability Awards ceremony on 17 April 2019. Each year, the Washington, D.C., Department of Energy and …

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28 March 2017

AGU Responds to President Trump’s Roll Back of Clean Power Plan

I issued the following statement earlier today in response to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order to overhaul the Clean Power Plan: “The scientific consensus is clear; the climate is changing, humanity is the major influence, and some of the resulting impacts on society are likely to be severe. That’s why AGU’s climate science position statement, which doesn’t reference any specific climate policies, is nevertheless titled “Human‐Induced Climate Change Requires Urgent …

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12 December 2016

AGU Board of Directors Approves Groundbreaking Building Renovation to Start in Early 2017

Today, I am delighted to announce that our project team has reached the final stage and approval for the renovation of AGU’s headquarters building. This weekend, after a multiyear process, the project received final approval from AGU’s Board of Directors and is now ready to begin construction in March 2017. As I have shared previously, it had become clear to us that our aging building and infrastructure was reaching the end …

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31 October 2016

Solutions for the Planet, One Community at A Time

When I was child growing up in a small town in Western Pa., the stream water in our town was bright orange. We called it “Sulphur Creek.” It was colored due to the acid run off from the strip mines surrounding the town.  Thanks to science, steps have been taken to clean that waterway.  Yet, the citizens of this town still face environmental concerns with hydraulic fracturing occurring in the …

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17 October 2016

Teachings from the White House Frontiers Conference

This past week I had the privilege to attend the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh. The conference focused on how investments in science, technology, and innovation are leading to promising discoveries for climate change mitigation and adaptation, the development of smart cities, and better treatments of chronic diseases. Pittsburgh proved to be an ideal setting for this conference. I grew up outside of Pittsburgh and recall the vibrant steel …

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19 July 2016

AGU Receives City Zoning Approval to Move Forward with Final Project Planning Stages

When AGU undertook the project to renovate our headquarters building nearly two years ago we had three goals in mind to ensure that the project would provide the highest level of benefit to our members: 1) to enhance visibility of and create a destination attraction for Earth and space science; 2) to advance the adoption of science-based solutions; and 3) to provide state-of-the-art meeting and conference space and increase productivity …

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29 June 2016

Challenge Yourself and Make a Commitment to Sustainability

In September 2014, I had the pleasure of participating in the final 3 miles of the 2014 Climate Ride NYC-DC and from that experience was introduced to Climate Ride. I was inspired to participate in the 2015 Climate Ride from Bar Harbor, Maine to Boston. I made the decision to participate last year for a few reasons: I wanted to showcase that there are alternatives to fossil-fuel based transportation, I wanted …

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7 June 2016

Major Milestone Achieved in Path to AGU Headquarters Renovation Approval

Earlier this Spring I shared a progress report on our plans to renovate AGU’s headquarters, with the goal of having the building become a living representation of our mission and the sciences we represent, celebrate and help to advance. I’m pleased to let you know that in late May we took a significant step forward when the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) of the District of Columbia unanimously supported our …

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28 March 2016

AGU’s Mission and Science Drive Recently Approved Conceptual Design for Headquarters Renovation

From ocean sciences and geology to seismology and planetary sciences, when our headquarters building was designed in the early 90s every effort was made to have the structure be representative of the broad array of sciences comprised by AGU’s membership. More than 20 years later, with that building’s critical infrastructure reaching the end of its useful life and a renovation becoming necessary, the Board realized that they had a choice …

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