Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
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.
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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