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Archive for January, 2016


DC EVENT: Five Years After Fukushima

Thu Jan 21, 2016 at 03:36:27 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, Director, DC Environmental Network


– Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Member of Japanese Parliament
– Dr. Hironao Matsubara, Chief Researcher, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP)
– Ms. Yoshiko Aoki, Advisor, Tomioka Social Welfare Association’s Life Reconstruction Center
– Ms. Nathalie Gysi, Executive Director, Green Cross Switzerland
– Dr. Paul F. Walker, Green Cross International (Chair)

This event is followed by a reception, 5-6PM


MP Naoto Kan served as Japan’s Prime Minister during the March 2011 nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima.  He and his colleagues will present unique insider perspectives on the on-going Fukushima remediation effort, the refugee crisis, and longer-term implications for energy and regulatory plans for Japan, Europe, the US, and beyond.

You must RSVP to by Monday, January 25, 2016, for entrance to SVC 203-02.  Please bring photo ID for security.  Seating is limited.

All are welcome!


Well-Being and Policy in the District!

Mon Jan 18, 2016 at 11:22:20 AM EST

by Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

All Washington Metro Region sustainability organizations, advocates, and others, are invited to participate in the DC Environmental Network’s February networking event:

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This DCEN event will be held at 12:00 NOON at the NEW capital city offices of Green Cross International and Friends of the Earth, 1101 15th Street, 11th Floor, in Washington, DC.

You must RSVP HERE to attend. 

Our panel will include:

– Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow in Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution & Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. [Presenter] SEE BIO HERE.

– Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network, Director, Washington DC Office, Global Green USA [Moderator]


Governments around the world (like Santa Monica, California’s Well-Being Project) will be collecting well-being metrics to complement those that are in GDP, and possibly use these indicators to inform important policy decisions. Carol Graham will brief the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) on this emerging trend and the growing science behind it.

Dr. Graham will also make copies of her new book “The Pursuit of Happiness: An Economy of Well-Being” available for purchase. This important “Brookings Focus Book” explores “the promise and pitfalls of injecting the “economics of happiness” into public policymaking.”

DCEN will give away one copy of the book to the first three individuals and/or organization that brings five participants to participate in the conversation.

DCEN will be launching a new campaign to convince the DC government to start its own well-being index project. We believe this approach could show policy makers more clearly how incorporating sustainability principles into decision making may be a more effective strategy for creating happy and healthy communities in the District of Columbia.

You must RSVP HERE to attend.

All are welcome!