by Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network
All Metro-Washington Environmental Organizations and Advocates are Invited to Our Monthly Networking Opportunity:
This year has been an extremely busy one on the legislative front in the District of Columbia. Numerous legislative initiatives, many that deal with issues of importance to our movement, have been making their way through the legislative process.
Mayor Gray, Chairman Mendelson, Councilmember Bonds, Councilmember Cheh, Councilmember Grosso and others have introduced a number of bills that will do a number of things including help grow the local community garden movement; ban Styrofoam; clean up toxics in the Anacostia River; modernize our solid waste management system; reorganize government agencies; eliminate dirty energy from our Renewable Portfolio Standard; and divest District funds from the fossil fuel industry (partial).
Some of the bills we will get updates on:
– Bill 20-0418, the “Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Amendment Act of 2013”
– Bill 20-0573, the “Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2013”
– Bill 20-0641, the “Waste Management Modernization Act of 2014”
– Bill 20-0481, the “Fossil Fuel Divestment Act of 2013”
– Bill 20-0677, the “Urban Farming and Food Security Act of 2014”
On August 7th at NOON, join the DC Environmental Network for a special Legislative Update were DC Council staff and environmental advocates will give us the latest information about a number of important bills. This special briefing will be held at the offices of the DC Environmental Network, 1100 15th Street NW, 11th Floor.
We will talk about next steps for recently passed legislation and start organizing to push the remaining green priorities through the legislative process before the end of the year.
All are welcome!