By Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network
Join the DC Environmental Network & Sierra Club for a DC Styrofoam Ban Implementation Strategy Session.
This Thursday, May 7th at Noon, join the DC Environmental Network, Sierra Club, DC Chapter, DC zero waste advocates, and District Department of the Environment (DDOE) representatives (who are lead in implementing the newly passed partial Styrofoam ban), in a collaborative conversation about how we can all help make this new law work for everyone. This meeting will be held at 1100 15th Street NW, 11th Floor. All are welcome.
What was in the Bill?
Major Zero Waste Provisions of the “Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2013“:
– Called for a ban of the use of Styrofoam for food service businesses by January 1, 2016.
– Requires food service businesses to only use compostable or recyclable food service ware by January 1, 2017.
This will be a work session, open to all, where we will receive some updates on what has been planned so far, what are some of the challenges to implementation of this new law, and how we can work together to make this policy an example to other cities around the country.
Agenda for this Zero Waste Meeting:
– Introductions (all)
– Overview from District Department of the Environment (DDOE) staff. Remind everyone what’s in the legislation; how it relates to Anacostia River goals; how it compares to bag fee law; and how DDOE will be working with businesses to make the transition successful.
– Open discussion about how we all might be able to help. (all)
Hope to see you Thursday the 7th at Noon!
By Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network
The impressive landscape photography of Sierra Club activist and DCEN co-founder Jim Dougherty will be on display at the Hill Center Galleries starting in early May. You are all invited to the opening reception Monday, May 11th at 6:00 pm. Jim has graciously offered to donate 70% portion of all May 11 sales proceeds to DCEN and the Sierra Club. All are welcome.
Let us know you are coming! RSVP HERE!
Hope to see you on the 11th at 6:00 PM!
by Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network
Join the DC Environmental Network for an important briefing on Mayor Bowser’s budget priorities at the District Department of the Environment.
DC Environmental Network:
Tomorrow, April 15th at 11:30, join the DC Environmental Network (DCEN), District Department of the Environment (DDOE) and DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DFPI), for a special DDOE budget briefing.
Come listen to DDOE Director Tommy Wells, and DDOE staff, break down Mayor Bowser’s budget priorities as it relates to programs that deal with climate change, zero waste, clean rivers, clean air and the many other policies and agency programs connected to our sustainability agenda. SEE BUDGET DATA HERE!
This briefing,11:30 to 1:00 PM, will be held at DDOE, 1200 First Street NE, near the NoMa/Gallaudet University metro station. Participants must sign-in on the 5th floor and will then be directed to the appropriate conference room.
Earlier this month, Mayor Bowser submitted the FY 2016 Proposed Budget and Financial Plan to the District of Columbia Council. Because of a $256.3 million dollar budget shortfall, Mayor Bowser asked each District agency to identify 5% worth of budget cuts to close this shortfall. Mayor Bowser has also committed to spending $100 million dollars to build affordable housing and the city faces an increasing number of challenges on numerous fronts.
Here are some background documents from a DC Fiscal Policy Institute briefing earlier this month:
– From Steven Giachetti, Director of Revenue Estimation, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, click here.
– From Angela Joyner, Deputy Director, Budget Office of the DC Council, click here.
– From Wes Rivers, Policy Analyst, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, click here.
It will be important for the sustainability community, during this budget cycle, to understand the budget challenges and possibly advocate for protection of programs that focus on our biggest priorities. Hope you can come and participate.
All are welcome. Hope to see you tomorrow at 11:30 AM.
by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network
On April 14th at 10:30 AM, join the DC Environmental Network and other activists and organizations, for the final vote on PR21-0095, the “Sense of the Council on Biophilic Cities Resolution of 2015.” This vote will occur at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room 500.
Send me more information about the final vote. I would like to attend!
On October 2nd, 2014 a number of District activists and organizations came together to begin an exciting conversation about how the District of Columbia might join the international Biophilic Cities Network and more aggressively incorporate nature into everything we do as a city.
These early participants in this inaugural conversation included the Alice Ferguson Foundation, American Bird Conservancy, Anacostia Unplugged, Anacostia Watershed Society, ANC 3D01, Casey Trees, City Wildlife, DC Climate Action, DC Environmental Network, DC Greenworks, Dumbarton Oaks Conservancy, Federal City Council, Friends of the Earth, Global Green USA/Green Cross International, Humane Society of the U.S., National Geographic Society, Old Growth Forest Network, Restore McMillan, SCRAP DC – Sierra Club, Washington, DC Chapter, Songbird Project, Summit Foundation, United for a Healthy Anacostia River, University of Virginia, Biophilic Cities Program, Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability and others.
Over the next five months Biophilic Cities activists met, planned, and implemented, a campaign to convince the District of Columbia City Council to pass a resolution in support of Biophilic principles. This resolution would serve both to educate District residents about the benefits of incorporating nature into our lives and to lay out a vision for moving the District towards being an international leader in the promotion of biophilic principles.
On March 3rd of this year, under the leadership of Councilmember Mary Cheh, the DC Council introduced PR21-0095, the “Sense of the Council on Biophilic Cities Resolution of 2015.” Councilmember Cheh was joined in the introduction of this resolution by Councilmember Charles Allen, Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Councilmember Yvette Alexander, Councilmember Anita Bonds, Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, Councilmember Vincent Orange, Councilmember Jack Evans, Councilmember David Grosso, Councilmember Elissa Silverman and Chairman Phil Mendelson.
The purpose, as stated in the first paragraph of the resolution, is:
“To declare the sense of the Council that the District of Columbia supports the principles of the Biophilic Cities Network and commits to promoting, learning about, and sharing biophilic programs and projects with other participating municipalities, to supporting urban biodiversity, and to creating opportunities for all District residents to connect with nature.”
On April 14th, the DC Council will hold a final vote on this important resolution and statement.
All are welcome.