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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

September 2012 Newsletter

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American Samoa

Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld with American Samoa Power Authority CEO Andra Samoa, and EPA Pacific Islands Office's John McCarroll and Michael Wolfram

In August 2012, Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld met with the staff of American Samoa EPA and recognized their significant achievement in the construction of American Samoa-EPA’s new “green” office building. The building, when certified, will be the first of its kind in the South Pacific and U.S. Territories. It is designed to meet Platinum Level Certification of the United States Green Building Council and a net zero energy performance standard. The “Net Zero” criteria indicates that the building will produce more energy through renewable power generation than it will consume annually.

While in American Samoa, the Regional Administrator also represented EPA at a meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force and viewed progress on EPA-funded water projects.

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Corals near the island of Ofu are able to withstand elevated sea surface temperatures without bleaching. They are being studied by a team from Stanford.


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Samoan villages compete in traditional 60-oared canoes called fa'utasi.
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EPA funding and American Samoa initiative have turned what was once a source of stream pollution into a resource: composted fertilizer.

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EPA supported the construction of a new green building to house American Samoa EPA, expected to be the first platinum LEED building in the US-affiliated Pacific territories.
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AS-EPA's new building replaces its old headquarters, which was damaged in the 2009 earthquake and tsunami.
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AS-EPA Director Dr. Toafa Vaiaga'e led the effort to create a green building.

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The new building has a green roof and 60 kw of solar power, making it a "net zero" energy use building.
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The traditional geometric designs on the front columns were provided by AS-EPA staff. AS-EPA will move into the new building on October 25.
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Regional Administrator Blumenfeld inspects a new vacuum truck, which will prevent sewage spills into the ocean.

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