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April 24, 2016

DCEN Announcements: April 24, 2016

Sun Apr 24, 2016 at 11:31:13 AM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network, Global Green USA

Zero Waste , Pay As You Throw, Training Video!

[DPW Director Shorter (right) and Office of Waste Diversion Staff, participated in this briefing.]

On April 13th, the DC Environmental Network, spearheaded by Global Green USA, organized a Zero Waste training on Pay As You Throw (PAYT), a usage pricing model for disposing of municipal solid waste, that could help District ratepayers save money, reduce green-house gas emissions, and increase DC per capita recycling rates.

This special training was co-sponsored by Green Cross International and the Zero Waste Committee of the Sierra Club, Washington, DC Chapter.

Participants included representatives from the DC Department of Public Works (DPW, Office of Waste Diversion), DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), Council of the District of Columbia, City of Alexandria, National Recycling Coalition, Institute for Local Self Reliance, Alice Ferguson Foundation, Just Economics LLC, Community Research (Zero Waste PG), Northstar Sierra Club, Optoro, Building Materials Reuse Association, Energy Justice Network, Sierra Club (DC & Prince Georges County Chapters), Green Cross International, DC Environmental Network (Global Green USA), and other zero waste advocates.

We greatly appreciated DPW Director Chris Shorter, and Annie White, Manager of the Office of Waste Diversion, for participating in the entire four-hour program.

You can watch DCEN video of the three main presentations:

Jan Canterbury, Former US EPA Project Manager on the “Climate & Waste Connection & Pay As You Throw (PAYT)”

► Watch Jan’s Presentation Here!

► Jan’s PowerPoint Presentation.

Bob Moylan, Former Commissioner of the Worcester, MA, Department of Public Works on “Implementation of PAYT in Worcester, MA”

► Watch Bob’s Presentation Here!

► Bob’s PowerPoint Presentation.

Kristen Brown, Vice President of Municipal Partnerships, Waste Zero, on “Reaching Zero Waste [with PAYT]: A Capital Example”

► Watch Kristen’s Presentation Here!

► Kristen’s PowerPoint Presentation.

The initial feedback for this training was very positive. We believe the District has the potential to make great strides towards becoming a zero waste city. Contact DCEN if you want to join our zero waste campaign to make the District the highest, per capita, recycler in the region.

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DCEN Participates in DC Council Committee, DOEE & DPW, Budget Hearings!

[Committee on Transportation & the Environment Chair, Mary Cheh, and Legislative Director, Nicole Rentz, at the DOEE Budget Hearing.]

The DC Environmental Network participated in both the DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), and, DC Department of Public Works (DPW), Budget Oversight Hearings!

The DC Environmental Network (DCEN), DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), and DC Department of Public Works (DPW), held joint budget briefings to prepare for these two hearings.

DCEN expressed support for funding important poverty, wildlife, recycling, and climate programs that the two agencies play an important role in.

Read DCEN’s testimony:

► Council of the District of Columbia, Committee on Transportation & the Environment, Budget Oversight Hearing: District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), April 12, 2016, CLICK HERE!

► Council of the District of Columbia, Committee on Transportation & the Environment, Budget Oversight Hearing: District Department of Public Works (DPW), April 14, 2016, CLICK HERE!

With the information we collected at the budget briefings and hearings, we will be sending out a final budget letter to the DC Council Committee on Transportation & the Environment, with our final recommendations, later this week.

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DCEN Well-Being (Happiness) Index Briefing Video!

[Dr. Carol Graham at the DC Environmental Network’s Briefing on the New Science of Well-Being.]

On February 4th, the DC Environmental Network held a very interesting briefing, “Beyond GNP? What the New “Science” of Well-Being Can Contribute to Economics and to Policy.”

This briefing was given by the very talented Brookings Institution economist, Carol Graham, who is the Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow in Global Economy and Development, at the Brookings Institution, & Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.

► Watch Carol’s Presentation Here!

► Carol’s PowerPoint Presentation.

This was the first salvo of a new DCEN initiative to follow in the footsteps of the City of Santa Monica, and develop our very own well-being index project in the District of Columbia.

We will be sponsoring a number of summer webinars on this topic for anyone interested in learning more about what this could mean to economics and public policy in the District and surrounding region. Come join our campaign!

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DCEN’s May Networking Event is Coming Soon!

Come Meet the Organizations and People Who Are Leading Education and Advocacy Efforts to Protect Our Rivers in the Washington Metro Region!

On May 5th at Noon, join the DC Environmental Network, and some of the most active river advocacy organizations in the region, as they share highlights, through pictures and words, of their current work and their vision for how District rivers and creeks will be a more central component in all of our lives looking forward.

This conversation will occur at the NEW offices of Friends of the Earth & Green Cross International, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor. RSVP HERE.

Our River Leader Panelists:

  • Brent Bolin, Chesapeake Regional Director, Clean Water Action 
  • Jennifer Chavez, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice
  • James Foster, President, Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Emily Franc, Anacostia Riverkeeper
  • Rebecca Hammer, Staff Attorney, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network, Director, Washington, DC Office,Global Green USA

You must RSVP here to participate in this clean river conversation.

Hope to see you on May 5th.


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