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31
Mar

Food & Film with DCEN & Day Eight!

Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 06:32:05 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

DCEN Invites All Metro-Based Environmentalists, Artists and Others to a Special Dinner & Movie Networking Opportunity!

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On Friday, April 4th, at 6:00 PM, join the DC Environmental Network, Day Eight and local arts and environment non-profits for a potluck dinner and film screening of Kooyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance! Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance, is a 1982 film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke. Our main goal is to get a fun group of people together from the arts and environmental communities, have some food, watch a movie and enjoy the end of the work week together. All are welcome.

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The first five people who send DCEN an email get a free ticket!

MORE ABOUT PROJECT:

By bringing arts organizations into environmental conversations we will encourage public understanding of and connection to critical environmental issues through media as diverse as photography and dance, and produce creative responses to those challenges. By resourcing environmental and arts partners to work together as participants, planners, and performers, the project’s collaborations will increase participation in current and future environmental campaigns. Come meet some of the participants and partners!

936full-koyaanisqatsi-posterFILM: Koyaanisqatsi (“life out of balance”):

– By renowned director Godfrey Reggio, producer Francis Ford Coppola, film composer Philip Glass.

– “The quintessential environmental movie – a trans-formative meditation on the current imbalance between humans and the wider world that supports them.” -Guardian critic Leo Hickman

– An apocalyptic vision of the collision of two different worlds — urban life and technology versus the environment.

– Awarded at the Berlin, Lisbon, Madrid, Leipzig, Warsaw, and Beijing Film Festivals, this film is also in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and other cultural institutions.

By bringing arts organizations into environmental conversations we will encourage public understanding of and connection to critical environmental issues through media as diverse as photography and dance, and produce creative responses to those challenges. By resourcing environmental and arts partners to work together as participants, planners, and performers, the project’s collaborations will increase participation in current and future environmental campaigns. Come meet some of the participants and partners!

DC Environmental Network (www.dcen.net):

Vision of rebuilding Washington, DC’s neighborhoods and communities for long-term economic stability —by protecting and restoring the Capital City’s urban environment. Our undertaking is a challenge. Major environmental problems in the region include threats to our drinking water, air pollution and dirty energy, congested traffic, neighborhood trash, degradation of the Anacostia River, Potomac River and Rock Creek and the impacts of global warming.

Day Eight (www.dayeight.org):

A leader in local arts programming, Day Eight has a strong track record as a performing arts company and publisher, and Day Eight’s founder, Robert Bettmann, is the author of the book Somatic Ecology: Somatics, Nature, Humanity and the Human Body.

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All are welcome!

31
Mar

State of Waste Management in DC

Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 04:18:51 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

DCEN Invites All Metro-Based Environmentalists and Others to a Brown-Bag Discussion & Networking Opportunity!

On April 3rd at Noon, join the DC Environmental Network for a special joint brown-bag with the Sierra Club, Washington DC Chapter (and others) featuring a unique overview of the state of waste management in the District of Columbia and what needs to happen to move towards zero waste.

Learn about the state of waste management in your city and what we need to do to achieve zero waste. RSVP HERE!

Our Panelists:

David Grosso, DC Councilmember, At-Large
Hana Heineken, Chair, Zero Waste Committee, Sierra Club (Washington, DC Chapter)
Jeff Carrol, Director, Humanim/DETAILS
Sara Polon, Founder and Owner, Soupergirl
– DC Department of Public Works (Invited)
Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network (Moderator)

The State of Waste Management in DC:

DC currently generates approximately 900,000 tons of waste per year, but only has a recycling rate of 20 to 25% while the rest is largely incinerated or landfilled.

Last year, Mayor Vincent Gray presented a Sustainable DC Plan which commits to achieving zero waste by 2032. As part of this initiative, a ban on the use of Styrofoam was proposed by the Mayor (Bill 20-573). A separate bill introduced by Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Kenyan McDuffie is proposing an overhaul of the City’s various waste policies (Bill 20-0641). At the same time, the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) has commissioned a comprehensive Solid Waste Management Study to identify how to, among other things, meet the Sustainable DC goals.

This event will be an important opportunity to learn about all of these activities in DC and get more involved in how to shape the future of waste management in the District.

Learn about the state of waste management in your city and what we need to do to achieve zero waste. RSVP HERE!

All are welcome!

21
Mar

Join DCEN for a Mayoral Forum Tonight!

Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 11:47:46 AM EST

by Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

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The only candidate forum focused entirely on sustainability and the environment is TODAY!

Let us know you will be participating in this forum! Click here.

This will be an educational forum, not tied to any endorsements, to help District residents understand the candidates’ positions on a number of environmental and sustainability issues that are defining a unique moment in our planets history. This is a time when citizens and decision makers are going to have to grapple with environmental and sustainability issues that already impact our quality of life and will influence the future health and livability of our city and planet.

This educational forum is scheduled for TODAY, March 21st at 6:00 PM. It will be held at 300 Tingey Street SE, in the Yards (just behind the twin USDOT buildings and adjacent to the Navy Yard).

Participating Candidates as of Friday the 21st, 11:00 AM:

– Carlos Allen
– Councilmember Jack Evans
– Mayor Vincent Gray
– Councilmember Vincent Orange
– Councilmember Tommy Wells
– Councilmember Muriel Bowser (Invited)
– Other Candidates

Our forum is sponsored by a number of environmental organizations and others including Navy Yard Neighborhood Association, NSC Partners, Capitol Riverfront, Sierra Club and the member organizations of the United for a Healthy Anacostia River coalition that includes the DC Environmental Network, Clean Water Action, Anacostia Riverkeeper, Anacostia Watershed Citizens Advisory Committee, Anacostia Watershed Society, DC Appleseed, Groundwork Anacostia DC, NRDC Action Fund and the Federal City Council.

Let us know you will be participating in this forum! Click here.

Agenda:

 5:30 – Doors Open

 6:00 – Call to Order by Moderator

 6:03 – Welcome by Former Mayor Williams

 6:08 – Introduction & Ground Rules by Moderator

 6:10 – Questions and Comments with the Mayoral Candidates (Two Minute Final Statements by Each Candidate at End of Question Segment)

 7:55 – Final Comments by Mayor Williams

 8:00 – End

All are welcome!

6
Mar

DC Candidates Sustainability Forum!

Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 06:20:11 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

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DC Environmental Network:

I want to invite you all to participate in what looks like the only District of Columbia mayoral candidate forum that will focus on sustainability and the environment.

This will be an educational forum, not tied to any endorsements, to help District residents understand the candidates’ positions on a number of environmental/sustainability issues that are defining a unique moment in our planets history. This is a time when citizens and decision makers are going to have to grapple with environmental/sustainability issues that already impact our quality of life and will influence the future health and livability of our city and planet.

Mayoral Candidate Forum Details:

This forum is scheduled for March 21st at 6:00 PM. It will be held at 300 Tingey Street SE, in the Yards (just behind the twin USDOT buildings and adjacent to the Navy Yard).

This forum is co-sponsored by a number of organizations including NSC Partners, Capitol Riverfront, Sierra Club and the member organizations of the United for a Healthy Anacostia River coalition that includes the DC Environmental Network, Clean Water Action, Anacostia Riverkeeper, Anacostia Watershed Citizens Advisory Committee, Anacostia Watershed Society, DC Appleseed, Groundwork Anacostia DC, NRDC Action Fund and the Federal City Council.

Mencer Donahue Edwards, Founder and CEO of Justice and Sustainability Associates, will moderate this important forum.

Let us know you will be participating in this forum! Click here.

Why should we all participate in this forum?

There are a number of reasons why District residents needs to have a good showing at this forum. The water we drink, the food we eat, the air we breathe and the neighborhoods we live in are all being impacted by a changing world. The next Mayor of Washington DC needs to understand this and will have to address many critical environmental challenges that will impact our quality of life and maybe even our health. We need to show these candidates that our city is important to us and we want to make sure DC is on a sustainable path were we can have some confidence that the health of our communities will be protected.

We also need to make sure our issues are addressed in this election. Just looking at many of the campaign websites makes me worry that our issues are not being adequately prioritized in the messaging of some of the candidates. [GRAPHIC UPDATED March 6, 2014, 7:00 PM]

Candidate Website InfoIn what many are calling the age of the environment, we need to do what we can to raise the profile of sustainability issues…especially when we are exercising our right to vote for those that would lead our city. That is why I hope you will attend this forum and learn about the environmental, sustainability perspectives of the candidates.

Please let us know you will be participating in this important Mayoral forum! Click here.

Look forward to seeing many of you on March 21st at 6:00 PM.

Chris Weiss
Executive Director
DC Environmental Network