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AIT Taipei office unveils new community garden

Staff writer, with CNA

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) unveiled a new community garden at its Taipei office yesterday to celebrate Earth Day and demonstrate its concern for the environment.

Set up by the AIT’s green team, “the AIT Community Garden is really a wonderful sign of AIT’s efforts to contribute in a small, but significant way to the further greening of an already beautiful city,” AIT Director Christopher Marut said at the opening ceremony.

Marut said he hoped the garden would educate both AIT employees and the broader community about little things “we can do to create a greener and more sustainable future.”

He also expressed the hope that the garden, which has 13 plots and includes flowers, basil, carrots, corn, tomatoes and onions, would inspire similar projects aimed at promoting environmental awareness.

Meanwhile, Marut also took the opportunity to reiterate the importance of the long-standing cooperation between Taiwan and the US on environmental issues, citing the recent visit by US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina MacCarthy. Her visit, the first by a US Cabinet-level official in nearly 14 years, highlighted the strong bilateral partnership, he said.

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