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Day 3: UNEP Regional Office


Before arriving in the US, I thought visiting the UNEP regional office in Washington DC would be one of the major highlights of my trip, and I was not disappointed.  As I walked into the office in down-town Washington, I was warmly greeted by Ms Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox, Head of Communications at the Regional Office for North America.   I was taken aback by the fact that 80% of the offices are made out of eco-friendly and recycled material and agricultural waste, from the bamboo floors to the chairs made out of airplane seat belts to the sunflower table tops.  The office has attained an impressive lead certified status, meaning it is just 3 steps away from achieving the highest environmentally friendly status.  Ms Elisabeth takes me round the office introducing me to the diverse staff.  Punctuated with Kiswahili, Elisabeth also takes me through her busy schedule and takes her communications hat off for a second to don on her administrative hat to explain the outreach projects and partnerships the UNEP office is involved in.  After a scrumptious lunch of smoked salmon with pistachios at the corner Café Soleil I reluctantly bid farewell and vow to return to the UNEP offices.

 

UNEP reception

 

Ms Elisabeth sitting on a recycled chair at the UNEP office

 

Bamboo floor at the UNEP office