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Archive for June, 2014

14
Jun

DCEN to Honor Five Former DDOE Employees!

Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 10:39:37 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

DCEN Invites All Metro-Based Environmentalists and Others to a Special Awards Ceremony & Networking Opportunity!

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Mark your calendars. On July 10th at Noon, join the DC Environmental Network, Chairman Mendelson and Councilmember Grosso for a special recognition of five former District Department of the Environment (DDOE) employees who played important leadership roles to grow DDOE, expand the vision for achieving clean rivers and a clean energy future and developed and created what is now known as the Sustainable DC plan.

Click here to sign-up to attend and show support for five DC environmental leaders who made a difference!

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Our 2014 DCEN Environmental Advocacy Award Recipients (Former Position with District Government):

– Paul Connor, Deputy Director, Environmental Services, DDOE
– Kim Katzenbarger, Office of the Attorney General, General Counsel, DDOE
– Veronique Marier, Deputy Director, Energy Administration, DDOE
– Christophe Tulou, Director, DDOE
– Barry Weise, Special Assistant & Legislative & Regulatory Analyst, DDOE

Our Award Presenters:

– Chairman Phil Mendelson, Council of the District of Columbia
– Councilmember David Grosso, Council of the District of Columbia

RSVP here!

Mark your calendars. All are welcome.

 

13
Jun

Waste Bill Mark-Up on Monday the 16th @ 3:00 PM

Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 11:15:38 PM EST

by Ellen Kincaid, DC Environmental Network

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We need just ONE HOUR of YOUR time!

UPDATED June 13, 2014

DC Environmental Network:

Lunch w Environment Committee #4My name is Ellen Kincaid. I have been working with the DC Environmental Network and the broader environmental community to help strengthen the “Waste Management Modernization Act of 2014” and the “Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2013.”

These are two bills that could help DC join cities like Berkeley, CA and San Francisco, CA to keep valuable waste out of our landfills and out of incineration facilities and start moving the District and region closer to becoming a zero waste zone.

I am writing because the DC Environmental Network needs you for one hour to support zero waste in DC!

On Monday, June 16th at 3:00 PM, at the DC Council, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room 120, join the DC Environmental Network and other zero waste advocates as we attend the mark-up of two waste bills that can help us reach our environmental goals.

RSVP Here and let us know you are coming.

We will sit and watch the committee as they have the first vote of the legislative process to move these important bills forward. Our presence will show the committee how important this legislation is to the sustainability community.

Some of our priorities are:

  •  MAKE ZERO WASTE A DEFINING PRINCIPLE: Define zero waste (zero waste from landfills and incinerators), establish zero waste as the City’s goal, require the City learn from other cities with zero waste goals/plans, and require City to develop a Zero Waste Plan.
  • DSC_0058b2ESTABLISH A ZERO WASTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Ensure that the Act codifies public participation in a meaningful and binding way.
  • FOLLOW BEST PRACTICES IN CALIFORNIA: Establish an advanced disposal fee on electronic products sold in the District rather than codifying in law corporate hegemony over the system.
  • CLOSE LOOPHOLES AND INCLUDE PUBLIC EVENTS: Close the loopholes in the Sustainable DC Omnibus bill to restrict all disposable polystyrene food service ware not just expanded foam, and to ensure City facilities and City-located public events are covered.

You can learn more about these priorities at HERE.

I hope to see you on Monday the 16th at 3:00 PM!

RSVP Here and commit to spending your lunch hour in support of zero waste in DC.

Sincerely,

Ellen Kincaid
DC Environmental Network

9
Jun

Green Recommendations for DC Council Waste Bills

Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 10:59:42 AM EST

By Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

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June 7, 2014

Councilmember Mary Cheh, Chair
Committee on Transportation & the Environment
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 108
Washington, DC 20004

RE: Recommendations to Move District Towards Zero Waste

Chairperson Cheh:

With both the “Waste Management Modernization Act of 2014” and the “Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2013” the District of Columbia has a unique opportunity to finally move forward and make progress towards becoming a zero-waste city.

DSC_0046b2agWith a new Mayor coming into office in 2015, and it being very likely that the next Mayor will be one of the current DC Council members, it seems like this would be an optimum moment for the legislative branch to make some bold moves.

With both of these bills currently moving through the Council DCEN believes it would be appropriate for our future executive branch leader and the rest of the Council, to take advantage of this historic moment and use the two bills as vehicles for getting a head start towards implementing best practices in waste management well before the November election.

We are so thankful for what your committee has done so far to move towards zero waste. There is much good in the two bills currently.

DCEN has consulted with the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ISLR) and others and come up with four key recommendations that have the potential to moving us forward now as well as making it possible for the District to join the many other cities that are reaping the economic benefits associated with zero waste policies.

Our four main recommendations include (SEE DRAFT DETAILS HERE):

  • MAKE ZERO WASTE A DEFINING PRINCIPLE: Define zero waste (zero waste from landfills and incinerators), establish zero waste as the City’s goal, require the City learn from other cities with zero waste goals/plans, and require City to develop a Zero Waste Plan.
  • ESTABLISH A ZERO WASTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Ensure that the Act codifies public participation in a meaningful and binding way.
  • FOLLOW BEST PRACTICES IN CALIFORNIA: Establish an advanced disposal fee on electronic products sold in the District rather than codifying in law corporate hegemony over the system.
  • CLOSE LOOPHOLES AND INCLUDE PUBLIC EVENTS: Close the loopholes in the Sustainable DC Omnibus bill to restrict all disposable polystyrene food service ware not just expanded foam, and to ensure City facilities and City-located public events are covered.

We have submitted a number of other recommendations but believe the four outlined above are central to the Council taking advantage of this important and historic moment.

We have appreciated the assistance of your staff but believe we should meet with you face to face to discuss our priority recommendations.

Sincerely,

Chris Weiss
Executive Director
DC Environmental Network

 

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2
Jun

DC Council Hearing: Trees & Transportation Act!

Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 09:21:39 AM EST

by Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

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For more information use these links:

Hearing Notice for Bill 20-0759, “Transportation Reorganization Act of 2014” (information on how to testify in person, send testimony by email or just attend and support DC trees)
Language at Introduction of “Transportation Reorganization Act of 2014” (see language of bill when it was introduced)
Casey Trees Comments on “Transportation Reorganization Act of 2014” (learn more about why DCEN and Casey Trees are making these recommendations)

For anything else you might need contact DCEN at 202-754-7088 or Casey Trees at 202-833-4010.