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18
Apr

DC Mayor Slashes Funding for Recycling Programs!

Tue Apr 18, 2017 at 11:36:48 AM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

April 17, 2017

DC Environmental Network:

Last Wednesday, the DC Environmental Network (DCEN), DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), and District Department of Public Works (DPW), convened a budget briefing to go over the budget priorities of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. This briefing focused on the proposed FY 2018 budget for DPW.

We received some bad news about Mayor Bowser’s DPW budget priorities.

The, kind-of, good news:

Since Mayor Bowser appointed Chris Shorter to be Director of DPW in 2015, the District’s zero-waste community has been excited at the prospect of DPW implementing the programs and policy changes necessary to move the District closer to its stated goal of achieving a total waste diversion rate (recycling, composting, and conversion) of 80% by 2032.

In the last two years, DPW has made progress increasing agency transparency, and, for the first time in decades, doing a better job of managing current, but generally ineffective, recycling programs. (Programs that continue to make the District the worst, or close to the worst recycler in the region.)

These improvements in DPW’s focus can to some degree be attributed to Council action, during former Mayor Gray’s administration, to create the DPW Office of Waste Diversion, an important infrastructure improvement to keeping some of the agency focus on improving recycling.

Arguably we have a better run agency then we did in 2015 but we also have a lot of work to do to change a broken, damaged recycling system!

The bad news:

At last week’s budget briefing DCEN learned that Mayor Bowser’s budget eliminated, for the second time in two years, 2 (of 6) important staff positions from the Office of Waste Diversion, and reduced the Office’s budget by $447,000.

We think these cuts are unacceptable, reflect a lack of vision, and don’t adequately support the goal of increased recycling.

These budget cuts mean that this administration is not yet serious about its Sustainable DC zero waste goals including
introducing a Pay-As-You-Throw pricing structure for waste collection services; and, by 2032, achieve a total waste diversion rate (recycling, composting, and conversion) of 80%.

This DPW budget will create an office with inadequate staff and resources to do little more than comply with reporting requirements and other paperwork.

This DPW budget means that the District of Columbia, our nation’s capital city, will continue to have some of the worst recycling rates in the region and will try and squeeze more recycling from a system that has already failed us for over 2.5 decades.

This DPW budget does nothing to move the District towards a new solid waste management system that could help District ratepayers save money, reduce green-house gas emissions, and increase DC per capita recycling rates.

Our plan to support a zero-waste DC:

The DC Environmental Network is committed to advocating for, as we did successfully last year, restoration of both Office of Waste Diversion staff positions, and, restore at least some funding for the planning and program development necessary to help DC government make progress towards achieving its own Sustainable DC zero-waste goals.

If we do this, and we can, we will continue the progress made the last two years.

Let me know if you want to join our campaign to fix this.

Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

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Budget Documents:

Proposed DPW Budget

DPW Budget Briefing Documents

7
Apr

DCEN, DCFPI, DOEE Budget Briefing in 2017

Fri Apr 07, 2017 at 05:50:31 PM EST

by Patsy Droege, DC Environmental Network

This is the second of two DCEN/DCFPI DC agency briefings!

On April 21st at 12:00 PM, you are invited to join the DC Environmental Network (DCEN), DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), and DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), for a special briefing on Mayor Bowser’s proposed FY 2018 Budget.

This event will be held at the offices of DOEE, 1200 Fist Street NE, 5th Floor. Click here if you want to attend the DOEE FY 2018 budget briefing!

Background:

Mayor Bowser released her proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget on April 4th. At this April 21st briefing, DOEE Director Tommy Wells, and staff, will present the details of Mayor Bowser’s budget as it relates to the Department of Energy & Environment. Participants will be able to ask questions and share their thoughts about the Executive’s budget priorities for this agency.

The next few years could be very challenging as the new President and Congress establish their own budget priorities. Federal cuts to important District programs could create budgetary pressures that hurt every District agency and threaten important programs and initiatives that fund human needs and are important to the sustainability community.

(About 23% of DOEE’s proposed FY 2018 budget is comprised of Federal Grant funds. It may be important to start to think about what the District may have to do if they lose these resources in FY 2019.)

It will be critical for all of us to understand our current budget and how it might change as we move forward. Hope to see you on the 21st.

Click here if you want to be briefed on the Department of Energy & Environment FY 2018 budget!

Here are some resources to help you prepare for the briefing:

Proposed FY 2018 Budget for the Department of Energy & Environment
Mayor Bowser’s FY 2018 Proposed Budget Documents

DOEE Mission:

“DOEE’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the residents and natural inhabitants of the nation’s capital by protecting and restoring the environment, conserving our natural resources, mitigating pollution, increasing access to clean and renewable energy, and educating the public on ways to secure a sustainable future. The agency’s core responsibilities include, but are not limited to, enforcing environmental regulations; monitoring and assessing environmental risks; developing energy and environmental policies; issuing permits; and providing residents and local businesses with funding, technical assistance, and information on initiatives designed to ensure a more resilient and sustainable city.” – About DOEE.

DOEE Vision:

“DOEE envisions a nation’s capital that sets the standard for environmentally responsible and sustainable practices. We envision a city whose rivers and waters are fishable and swimmable; whose buildings and infrastructure help protect our health and environment; and whose residents, businesses, and visitors embrace and employ smart environmental practices in their daily lives and work together to deliver a clean, healthy, and vibrant city to future generations” – About DOEE.

All are welcome.

 

3
Apr

DCEN, DCFPI, DPW Budget Briefing 2017

Mon Apr 03, 2017 at 12:42:26 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

 

On April 12th at 2:00 PM, you are invited to join the DC Environmental Network (DCEN), DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), and DC Department of Public Works (DPW), for a special briefing on Mayor Bowser’s proposed FY2018 Budget. This event will be held at the offices of DPW, 2000 14th Street NW, 6th Floor.

Background:

Mayor Bowser is scheduled to release her “proposed” budget sometime around April 4th. At this April 12th briefing, DPW Director Chris Shorter and staff, will present the details of Mayor Bowser’s budget as it relates to the Department of Public Works. Participants will be able to ask questions and share their thoughts about the Executive’s budget priorities for this agency.

Although we will hear about the full DPW budget, the DC Environmental Network is particularly interested in the DPW programs that focus on zero waste issues.

The next few years could be very challenging as the new President and Congress establish their own budget priorities. Federal cuts to important District programs could create budgetary pressures that hurt every District agency and threaten important initiatives that fund basic human needs and are important to the sustainability community.It will be critical for all of us to understand our current budget and how it might change as we move forward. Hope to see you on the 12th.

Click here if you want to be briefed on the Department of Public Works FY2018 budget!

All are welcome.

10
Feb

Believe in DC Self-Governance? Much Work to Do!

Fri Feb 10, 2017 at 02:49:07 PM EST

By Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

Congressman Jason Chaffetz wants to hurt us! What we can do in the next 36 hours!

The DC Environmental Network (DCEN) believes we all need to pull together and work to protect the fragile precedent of self-governance we have worked so hard to create and sustain in the District of Columbia. We oppose Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s efforts to prevent the District’s Death with Dignity Act from becoming a law. DCist tells part of the story here. If we don’t make it hard for Chaffetz now we may have to revisit this challenge every time meaningful policy changes, including those most important to the environmental movement, go through Congress.

We are cutting it close but wanted to pass on to you two things you can do to fight Congressman Chaffetz’s efforts over the next 2-3 days:

1. On Monday, February 13th, Participate in Councilmember Allen’s Hands Off DC Rally and Organizing Meeting!

Join the rally on Monday, February 13 to tell Rep. Chaffetz and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to keep their #HandsOffDC as they vote to override the will of D.C. residents! Let them know you’re coming here.

They will gather at 5 p.m. at Lower D Park [Spirit of Justice Park on Google Maps] near South Capitol Street and C Street, SW, and then continue on to the #HandsOffDC organizing meeting at the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 1333 H Street NE at 6:30 p.m.

2. Read Councilmember Cheh’s Letter and Target for Communication, Republicans from States with Death with Dignity Laws!

A Letter from Councilmember Cheh:

Call to Action: Congress is Attempting to Nullify the District’s Death with Dignity Act

Members of Congress are quickly moving to pass a measure to prevent the District of Columbia’s Death with Dignity Act from becoming law. This effort is led by Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who represents Utah’s 3rd Congressional District. Overturning this bill and superseding a local decision without so much as holding a public hearing, contacting the District’s elected leaders, or speaking to our residents raises the concern that the door will be open to future challenges to our right to local, self-governance.

We must defend our autonomy and find creative ways to express dissent against Congressional overreach. Already we understand Chaffetz’s office recently changed his office’s phone line after a barrage of calls by residents expressing displeasure with his meddling in local affairs. In addition to our local efforts, District residents can engage their own network of family and friends across the country to speak up on our behalf and demand that Congress leave the District alone.

Below is a link for the contact information of Republican Congressmen from states with death with dignity laws. Of anyone in the House, perhaps they will be most sympathetic to our situation. Please share this list with your network, forward this email, and ask others to contact Congress. Perhaps Congressional Representatives will not listen to District residents; but, it will be difficult to ignore the phone calls, Tweets (#HandsOffDC), mail, and office visits of their own constituents on our behalf.

Mary Cheh

Contact Information:

Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Twitter: @jasoninthehouse
Email link: https://chaffetz.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-7751 extension option 3 or 4
Washington, D.C. Office:
2236 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Republican Members of the House from Death with Dignity States

Oregon:
Greg Walden
Twitter: @repgregwalden
Email link: https://walden.house.gov/contact-greg/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-6730
Washington, D.C. Office:
2185 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Washington:
Jamie Herrera Butler
Twitter: @HerreraBeutler
Email link: http://herrerabeutler.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-3536
Washington, D.C. Office:
1107 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dan Newhouse
Twitter: @RepNewhouse
Email link: https://newhouse.house.gov/contact
Phone: (202) 225-5816
Washington, D.C. Office:
1318 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Twitter: @cathymcmorris
Email link: https://mcmorris.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-2006
Washington, D.C. Office:
1314 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dave Reichert
Twitter: @davereichert
Email link: https://reichert.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-7761
Washington, D.C. Office:
1127 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Montana:
Ryan Zinke
Twitter: @RepRyanZinke
Email link: https://zinke.house.gov/contact
Phone: (202) 225-3211
Washington, D.C. Office:
1419 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

California:
Doug LaMalfa
Twitter: @RepLaMalfa
Email link: https://lamalfa.house.gov/contact/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-3076
Washington, D.C. Office:
322 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Tom McClintock
Twitter: @RepMcClintock
Email link: https://mcclintock.house.gov/contact/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-2511
Washington, D.C. Office:
2312 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Col. Paul Cook
Twitter: @RepPaulCook
Email link: http://cookforms.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-5861
Washington, D.C. Office:
1222 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Jeff Denham
Twitter: @RepJeffDenham
Email link: https://denham.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-4540
Washington, D.C. Office:
1730 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

David G. Valadao
Twitter: @RepDavidValadao
Email link: http://valadao.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-4695
Washington, D.C. Office:
1728 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Devin Nunes
Twitter: @Rep_DevinNunes
Email link: https://nunes.house.gov/contactform/
Phone: (202) 225-2523
Washington, D.C. Office:
1013 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Kevin McCarthy
Twitter: @GOPLeader
Email link: https://kevinmccarthy.house.gov/contact/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-2915
Washington, D.C. Office:
2421 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Steve Knight
Twitter: @RepresentativeSteveKnight
Email link: http://knight.house.gov/contact/email/
Phone: (202) 225-1956
Washington, D.C. Office:
1023 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Ed Royce
Twitter: @RepEdRoyce
Email link: http://royce.house.gov/contact/zipcheck.htm
Phone: (202) 225-4111
Washington, D.C. Office:
2310 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Ken Calvert
Twitter: @KenCalvert
Email link: http://calvert.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-1986
Washington, D.C. Office:
2205 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Mimi Walters
Twitter: @RepMimiWalters
Email link: https://walters.house.gov/contact/email
Phone: (202) 225-5611
Washington, D.C. Office:
215 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dana Rohrabacher
Twitter: @DanaRohrabacher
Email link: https://rohrabacher.house.gov/contact/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-2415
Washington, D.C. Office:
2300 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Duncan Hunter
Twitter: @Rep_Hunter
Email link: https://hunter.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-5672
Washington, D.C. Office:
2429 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Colorado:
Scott Tipton
Twitter: @RepTipton
Email link: https://tipton.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
Phone: (202) 225-4761
Washington, D.C. Office:
218 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Ken Buck
Twitter: @RepKenBuck
Email link: https://buck.house.gov/contact/email
Phone: (202) 225-4676
Washington, D.C. Office:
1130 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Doug Lamborn (co-sponsor on the House disapproval resolution)
Twitter: @RepDLamborn
Email link: http://lamborn.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-4422
Washington, D.C. Office:
2402 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Mike Coffman
Twitter: @RepMikeCoffman
Email link: https://coffmanforms.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-7882
Washington, D.C. Office:
2443 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Thank you so much!

DCEN

8
Feb

Climate, Energy, Utilities & Councilmember McDuffie

Wed Feb 08, 2017 at 02:01:16 PM EST

By Chris Weiss, Global Green USA

Join DCEN for a special meeting with Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie to prepare for the upcoming DC Council Performance Oversight hearings. This meeting will focus on the DC Public Service Commission (PSC) and the DC Office of People’s Counsel (OPC).


The DC Environmental Network (DCEN) invites you to join DC Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Chair of the DC Council Committee on
Business and Economic Development, in a special DCEN meeting in preparation for the upcoming performance oversight and budget hearings.

This meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16th at NOON. It will be held at the offices of Friends of the Earth and Green Cross International, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor. You must sign-up here to attend this special DCEN meeting.

Although Councilmember McDuffie’s committee has several agencies under its purview, our meeting will be primarily focused on the DC Public Service Commission (PSC) and the DC Office of People’s Counsel (OPC). These agencies play an important role in the work many of us engage in that is connected to energy and climate issues.

Meeting participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and opinions about the PSC and OPC in preparation for the DC Council Committee on Business & Economic Development Performance Oversight hearing scheduled for February 22nd, at 10:00 AM, at the Council of the District of Columbia, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room 500. Click here for more information!

You must RSVP here to attend the DCEN meeting.

All are welcome.

PSC & OPC Background:

Mission Statement of the District of Columbia Public Service Commission (PSC):

The mission of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia is to serve the public interest by ensuring that financially healthy electric, natural gas and telecommunications companies provide safe, reliable and quality utility services at reasonable rates for District of Columbia residential, business and government customers.

We do this by:

– Motivating customer– and results–oriented employees;
– Protecting consumers to ensure public safety, reliability, and quality services;
– Regulating monopoly services to ensure their rates are just and reasonable;
– Fostering fair and open competition among service providers;
– Conserving natural resources and preserving environmental quality;
– Resolving disputes among consumers and service providers; and
– Educating consumers and informing the public.”

Mission Statement of the District of Columbia Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC):

“The Office of the People’s Counsel is an independent agency of the District of Columbia government. By law, the Office advocates for consumers of natural gas, electric, and telephone services. The Office also represents the interests of District utility ratepayers before the DC Public Service Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Communications Commission, other utility regulatory bodies, and the courts. The office is mandated to conduct consumer education and outreach, and may represent individual consumers with complaints related to their utility service and bills.

Through this mission, the Office of the People’s Counsel is preparing for a brighter utility tomorrow for the benefit of consumers in all eight wards, as well as the betterment of the economy of the District of Columbia, the conservation of natural resources, and the preservation of environmental quality.”

Hope to see you on the 16th!

25
Jan

Join DC’s Don’t Govern With Hands Tied Campaign!

Wed Jan 25, 2017 at 01:16:20 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

Join the DC Environmental Network for this special opportunity to start working with the broader sustainability community to achieve our shared vision for the District of Columbia!

[Picture from Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. Let’s start turning our words into action and support improving and maintaining the District’s health and wellbeing.]

“DC residents voted in large numbers in the 2016 election, a testament to their desire to make their priorities heard loud and clear. They are proud that the District can be a beacon of hope in dark times. And, they will look at the District’s proposed FY2018 budget to see if it reflects these values. We urge Mayor Bowser and the DC Council to ensure they have the full financial flexibility to answer this call.”

– Taken from Untie DC Hands Statement, January 2017

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DC Environmental Network:

I want to share an opportunity to participate in an important campaign, spearheaded by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, and with partners including the Children’s Law Center, DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, Fair Budget Coalition, Jews United for Justice, Legal Aid Society of DC, Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO, Miriam’s Kitchen, Washington Interfaith Network, DC Environmental Network, and others.

The fundamental purpose of this campaign is to convince decision makers to “pause restrictive fiscal policies limiting DC’s response to important needs.”

This is necessary because it is becoming apparent that the District faces many fiscal challenges including a “spiraling affordable housing and homelessness crisis,” a “growing population” that makes a “strong public transit system even more important.”

We will need fiscal flexibility to meet these challenges and others that come our way.

It is also necessary, as the new Congress and President Trump have threatened to cut federal funding for our nation’s critical safety net, including Medicaid, SNAP, and other programs that are important to the health and wellbeing of District residents.

We will need fiscal flexibility to maintain and protect these basic human needs.

Reading the newspaper, the last 48 hours, it’s easy to imagine this list could grow larger and very much impact funding for protection of children from lead poisoning, helping communities adapt to climate change, and other federal programs important to the environmental health and human service community.

We will need fiscal flexibility to protect the health of our children and to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

This sensible proposal, which the DC Environmental Network fully supports, includes spending DC’s budget surplus from FY2016; putting automatic tax cuts on hold for 2018; and creating a budget cushion to deal with looming federal cuts.

Supporting this initiative is an important way we can all join together and prepare ourselves for the coming year and beyond. Already it is clear that many in Congress are getting in line to meddle in District affairs to make political points.

One way we can fight back and get through the next four years, is to open our minds and hearts to a new way of achieving our sustainability goals. That means getting out of our silos and striving to find ways of helping any program or initiative that creates better wellbeing for everyone in our favorite city, the District of Columbia. The idea is more working together.

I ask that you consider joining the DC Environmental Network in supporting this campaign statement, and if possible, put some of your time and resources into helping us convince our home town decision makers that now is the time to take off some of our restrictive fiscal restraints as we prepare for a very uncertain future.

I am hoping you will consider signing our statement and joining this critical and timely campaign.

Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

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Background materials:

DC Leaders: Don’t Govern with Your Hands Tied StatementPlease send scanned form, and direct any questions to: Simone Holzer, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, sholzer@dcfpi.org

DC Leaders: Don’t Govern with Your Hands Tied FAQ

DCEN will be holding an informal conference call to discuss this campaign on Thursday, January 26th @ 4:00 PM. If you are interested in participating, send an email to: cweiss@globalgreen.org

 

17
Jan

DCEN ANNOUNCEMENTS: January 17, 2017

Tue Jan 17, 2017 at 02:14:22 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

Save As You Throw Sign-On Letter!

The Anacostia Riverkeeper, Anacostia Watershed Socieity, Building Materials Reuse Association, Clean Water Action, Earthjustice, Energy Justice Network, Global Green USA, Green Cross International, Institute for Local Self Reliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, Potomac Riverkeeper Network, Rock Creek Conservancy, Sierra, DC Chapter, and Wentworth Green Strategies signed on to a DCEN coalition letter asking the Department of Public Works to go forward with a Save As You Throw pilot.

[Because of a request from one organization we will send an update with additional signatures sometime next week.]

Click here to read the letter.  You can learn more about Save As You Throw here!

Join the DC Consumer Utility Board Grid 2.0 Working Group Meeting!

The DC Consumer Utility Board’s GRID2.0 Working Group meets to discuss and prepare the civil society response to the PSC’s Formal Case No. 1130, Modernizing the Energy Delivery System for Increased Sustainability (MEDSIS).  The PSC established MEDSIS to identify technologies and policies that can be implemented to modernize DC’s distribution energy delivery system . The stated goal of MEDSIS is to increase sustainability for District consumers, and in the near-term, make the distribution energy delivery system more reliable, efficient, cost effective, and interactive.

The next meeting will be February 6th @ 5:30 PM. It will be held at the offices of the DC Environmental Network, 322 4th Street NE.

All are welcome!

 

16
Jan

Support DC Climate Leadership in 2017!

Mon Jan 16, 2017 at 02:26:02 PM EST

By Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

[The John A. Wilson Building, the NEW center of climate action in the District of Columbia!]

The District’s response to Donald Trump. Maximizing District of Columbia climate leadership in 2017 and beyond.

January 16, 2017

DC Environmental Network:

It’s happening this week. No, I am not talking about the peaceful transition of power in the United States, but the continuation and acceleration of our efforts to make sure OUR city and planet do what is necessary to reduce carbon emissions and prepare for the most certain, and dangerous, impacts of climate change.

This week, and for the rest of the year and beyond, the DC Environmental Network (DCEN), and thousands of District residents and activists, will be engaged in education and advocacy, to push local efforts to new heights of accomplishment, introducing new tools to reduce carbon emissions, and expanding the number of District residents engaged in the global effort to protect our planet from climate change.

The goal is more meaningful actions by District residents, government, and organizations, to fight climate change, and maximize District climate leadership in 2017 and beyond. We have a city that already has the people to do the work, and can set a wonderful example to the rest of the region, country, and world. Let’s start getting together more often to make this happen.

Some upcoming DC Environmental Network activities to start some new momentum:


  • January 18th @ NOON @ Offices of Green Cross International/Friends of the Earth:
     Briefing on Mayor Bowser’s Trip to the C40 Summit in Mexico City – Join the DC Environmental Network for a special climate briefing on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s recent trip to Mexico City to participate in the C40 Mayors Climate Summit. This briefing will include comments from Tommy Wells, Director of the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), Mayor Bowser (Invited), and other individuals who were part of the District of Columbia’s summit delegation. We need your participation so we can show Mayor Bowser that her efforts, to become a climate action leader, are important to us. Find additional information and RSVP here if you want to participate in this conversation.
  • February 16th @ NOON @ Offices of Green Cross International/Friends of the Earth: Briefing on NEW Carbon Rebate Campaign – DCEN has been thinking about pricing carbon pollution in the District since 2002. Now, several organizations and activists have put a proposal together that will not only put less carbon into the atmosphere, but with a rebate, put more money into the pockets of DC families who need it the most. Come learn about this new proposal and be ready to take real and meaningful action. Keep a look out for our announcement and link to RSVP.
  • February Briefing w/Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie – We will also be scheduling a discussion in February, with DC Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, to talk about his oversight of the DC Public Service Commission (PSC) and other offices and agencies important to the growth of renewables and the reduction of carbon emissions.

Now, more than ever, the District of Columbia has the responsibility, as the seat of federal power, to help lead the charge and use our local actions and policies to set an example that our President and Congress cannot ignore.

We need your help to get their attention. Join us as we use local action as a response to climate denial. Passing laws and policies that do the right thing might just get their attention and create the leverage we need to win.

Hope to see you and hear your voice sometime soon.

Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

 

13
Jan

DC Solid Waste Diversion Report – FY15-16

Fri Jan 13, 2017 at 02:27:11 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

District Releases Solid Waste Diversion Progress Report – FY15 & 16

DPW Press Release, January 10, 2017:

“The first of its kind, the District’s solid waste diversion report reflects increased transparency and reflects movement by the District towards creating a more defensible citywide residential diversion rate and corresponding per capita waste generation baseline,” Chris Weiss, executive director of the DC Environmental Network, said in a statement.

Collecting and understanding this data is critical to the development of new policies and programs that will help make the District a true zero-waste city,” said Weiss. “Mayor Bowser and DPW Director Shorter should be commended for their stakeholder engagement and willingness to do what is necessary to move the District’s waste management system into the 21st century.”

Click Here to See Report!

10
Jan

Mayor Bowser’s Trip to Mexico City C40 Summit!

Tue Jan 10, 2017 at 03:01:05 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

All sustainability organizations and advocates are invited to DCEN’s monthly networking opportunity. This will be the first of two climate focused briefings in January/February.

On January 18th at NOON, join the DC Environmental Network for a special climate briefing on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s recent trip to Mexico City to participate in the C40 Mayors Climate Summit. This briefing will include comments from Tommy Wells, Director of the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), and other individuals who were part of the District of Columbia’s summit delegation.

At the summit, Mayor Bowser joined more than 60 mayors and deputy mayors from all over the world, as well as hundreds of urban and sustainability leaders, who are committed to taking meaningful action on climate change. From the District’s press release:
“Speakers at the C40 Mayors Summit include nearly 40 mayors from the world’s largest and most influential cities; business leaders of Fortune 500 companies; elected officials at all levels of government; prominent non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders; internationally-renowned climate experts; and celebrity activists.                                                        ‘

[Mayor Bowser, 3rd from right, taking the stage with other global climate focused Mayors!]

“This summit signifies DC’s commitment to the Paris Agreement and to securing a future for our city in the face of climate change,” said Mayor Bowser. “Under our Sustainable DC plan, the District is investing in green infrastructure and spurring economic growth. We are also implementing more sustainable improvements in living standards for our citizens by planning a dense, connected city that is prepared to withstand climate impacts. Our participation in the Summit is an opportunity to both strengthen ties abroad as well as ensure the continued resilience and vitality of the District in light of climate threats.”
DCEN greatly appreciates Mayor Bowser’s commitment to being a global climate leader and believe District agencies are working hard to protect District residents from climate change impacts. The fact that the Mayor took the time to participate in the C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City is something we can and should be proud of. We are excited to offer the opportunity to get briefed on what occurred in Mexico City to DCEN participants. Our panelists, who also attended the C40 Mayors Summit, include:
Tommy Wells, Director, Department of Energy and Environment
Bill Updike, Chief, Green Building and Climate Branch, Department of Energy and Environment
Brendan Shane, Regional Director for North America, C40 Climate Leadership Group
Mayor Muriel Bowser (Invited)
Some background information:
7
Oct

Meet Metro Washington Council ED Carlos Jimenez!

Fri Oct 07, 2016 at 04:56:17 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network, Global Green USA

All Washington Metro Sustainability Advocates and Organizations, and Others, are Welcome to Our Monthly Networking Event!

On October 24th at NOON, at the offices of Friends of the Earth/Green Cross International (1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor), join the DC Environmental Network as we welcome Carlos Jimenez, Executive Director of the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO, to the sustainability communities monthly networking opportunity.

Let us know you would like to join this discussion. RSVP Here!

Background:

Earlier this year, Carlos Jimenez became the new Executive Director of the Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO. He most recently worked as a Field Organizer with Jobs with Justice, additionally serving as their Young Worker Project Coordinator. His past experiences also include time as Student Labor Action Project Coordinator for the U.S. Student Association, and organizer for 1199 SEIU MD/DC.

Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO:

The Metro Washington Council is the voice of working people across the region and plays an important role for the broader American labor movement in our nation’s capital city.

From the website:

“The Metropolitan Washington Council is proud to be at the forefront of this movement, working with nearly 200 affiliated union locals and our community, religious, student and political allies to improve the lives of workers and their families throughout the greater metro Washington area.

Each year, the Council coordinates strategy and organizes demonstrations to support affiliated locals organizing workers or negotiating union contracts; provides emergency services and legal counseling for workers and supports activities on behalf of political candidates who support workers’ issues.

The Council’s affiliates represent over 150,000 area union members in every line of work, from service industries, retail sales and communications to transportation, manufacturing, construction trades and, of course, the public sector at all levels.”

Goal of this networking event:

Over the last decade the DC Environmental Network has worked with the Metro Washington Council to promote sustainability on many fronts. We worked together to support a living wage for District residents; opposed efforts by Walmart to bring their anti-worker, anti-environmental business model to DC; and coordinated together, as best we could, on a number of sustainable, pro-worker, initiatives.

As the principles of sustainability continue to bring the interests of labor and the environment closer together, DCEN wants to engage in more communication and consideration of ways we might coordinate our interests to benefit more District residents in meaningful ways.

This discussion is an opportunity for the sustainability community to get to know the new leadership of the Metro Washington Council, and begin this important discussion.

You must RSVP here to attend the October 24th networking event.

All are welcome.

9
Jul

DCEN Announcements: July 9, 2016

Sat Jul 09, 2016 at 02:02:23 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, Global Green USA

Monday Action: People’s Voice & Transparency Rally!

Hello all,

Yesterday, the director of the DC Environmental Network (DCEN), Chris Weiss, and myself met with Jeremiah Lowery regarding the environmental justice initiatives he is currently spearheading in the District. One of these is an action taking place on Monday, July 11th at Freedom Plaza from 6pm-7pm to demand increased transparency, public accessibility, and accountability from our DC Government.

As the current environmental justice campaigner for DCEN, I believe DCEN and related organization’s participation in events such as this action are necessary. This is true for the success and progression of not only environmental but, also, social justice issues.

Please find the information for the action below.

Hope to you see all there!

Claire McLeod, DCEN Well-Being & Environmental Justice Campaigner

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When: July 11th 6pm-7pm.

Who: DC for Democracy, Community Groups, Church Groups and General Public

Where: Freedom Plaza

What:  Have you ever been slighted or disappointed by the DC Government’s closed door process when it comes to making laws and public policy?

From fast tracking the DC Constitution to no transparency in lead in school water data, to not allowing adequate and timely input into no-bid development or contract process, from refusing to give timely notice of public hearings or votes to publishing the Council budget the day before the public hearing, the DC Government suffers from a Democracy Deficit.

Therefore, as this Council session closes and a new one is set to begin, we want to send a message that the closed door, no public input nature of government has to end. When the council comes back into session in Sept. we want them to commit to close the Democracy Deficit by:

► Opening the government to community voices by giving timely notification of hearings, votes, and budgets, and make a regular practice of hearings in the communit-Ensuring legal, open, proper bidding processes on all contracts, with adequate oversight by the Council.

► Reforming the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act to allow for more transparency, not less

► Committing to create a new constitution through a proper and legitimate process.

► End Pay-to-Play in DC

If you want to contribute to our list of demands Click HERE . Invite Friends on Facebook by Clicking HERE This effort is fully supported by the DC Environmental Network and we hope you can join us Monday.

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DCEN Report: Sierra Club Composting Facility Tour!

[Photo by Jim Dougherty / Center: Jonathan Schuster, DCEN Zero Waste Campaigner, represented the DC Environmental Network on the tour]

On June 30th, I represented the DC Environmental Network at a Sierra Club sponsored tour of the Prince George’s County Western Branch Composting Facility in Upper Marlboro, MD.

The tour, led by Steven Birchfield, Site Supervisor, explained how composting plays an important part in the circular economy. The bulk of the material composted at the facility is yard waste, primarily leaves and grass, which is placed in large windrows — long “mountains” of yard waste, food scraps, and mulch which, when mixed, compost rapidly and effectively.

The facility is also the only composting center in MD to pilot the use of Gore-Tex in composting. To achieve this, a larger than usual pile of yard waste and food scraps are combined, covered by Gore-Tex (a waterproof, breathable membrane), and the oxygen and temperature levels monitored. Gore-Tex composting take only about half of the time of traditional composting and results in a final product which is significantly more nitrogen and phosphorus dense than compost produced by typical windrows.

The Western Branch Composting Facility, under the management of the Maryland Environmental Service, produces and sells compost under the trade-name “Leafgro”. Leafgro is a nutrient-rich and fully-organic compost made of yard waste which otherwise would have simply gone to a landfill. By composting at Western Branch, what would have simply been waste is converted into a sustainable value-added product which contributes to a reduced environmental impact from an everyday product like yard waste and food scraps.

Jonathan Schuster, DCEN Zero Waste Campaigner

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DCEN Report: DC Attorney General Karl Racine Visits DCEN

On June 8th at NOON, the DC Environmental Network, and other environmental organizations and activists, held our monthly networking opportunity featuring, Karl A. Racine, the District’s first elected Attorney General. This event was held at the NEW offices of Friends of the Earth & Green Cross International, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor.

You can watch his presentation here!

Participants included representatives from Green Cross International, Global Green USA (DCEN), Office of the People’s Counsel, NRDC, Greenpeace, DC Water, Amalgamated Bank, EESI, Just Electric Transportation, MWCOG, ABC Birds, Earthjustice and other individuals and sustainability advocates.

The purpose of the June 8th DCEN networking event was to continue this discussion, and, now that the AG’s office has had a year to get organized, work to create better structures and a stronger focus, within the AG’s office, towards protecting and defending the sustainability interests of the District.

AG Racine gave an overview of some of the issues the office faced the last 12 months and committed to convening stakeholder meetings to discuss issues of common concern with the sustainability community.

We hope to schedule the first Office of Attorney General stakeholder meeting sometime in August.

28
Jun

Council Passes Sustainable Clean Energy Bill!

Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 03:03:00 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network, Global Green USA

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Just moments ago, the District of Columbia Council voted unanimously to pass Bill 21-650, the Renewable Portfolio Standard Expansion Act of 2016. This bill does a number of important things including raising the District’s renewable energy targets from 20% by 2020, to 50% by 2032, a significant and meaningful increase.

Additionally, the bill’s Solar for All program supports ongoing efforts of the DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), to bring clean and affordable energy to those that need it the most. It does this by requiring DOEE to develop and implement a plan to reduce the electric bills of 100,000 low income District households with high energy burdens by half by 2032. The net impact of this requirement will be increased utilization of solar energy to help families stay in their homes and use their income for other important essentials.

This bill is the embodiment of a public policy that aggressively embraces sustainability principles that strive to protect the economic and environmental wellbeing of low income residents.

The DC Environmental Network urges Mayor Bowser to sign the bill ASAP!

 

25
May

DCEN Action! Time Remains to Comment on Bills!

Wed May 25, 2016 at 02:35:45 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

DC Council Holds Public Hearing on Clean Energy Bill!

[Telana Felder, Southern Homes and Gardens Cooperative, testified in support of the clean energy bill, and shared how solar power, installed in her community, helped low income residents save money.]

The DC Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment, led by Chairperson Mary Cheh, held a very successful Public Hearing on Bill 21-650, the Renewable Portfolio Standard Expansion Act of 2016. This important legislation would increase the District’s renewable energy targets and create a “Solar for All” program that would put free solar panels on the roofs of low-income homeowners.

The DC Environmental Network and Global Green USA, testified in support of the bill.  We were joined by the Capital Area Food Bank, Southern Homes and Gardens Cooperative, DC Working Families, Amalgamated Bank, MDV-Solar Energy Industry Association, Grid Alternatives, Standard Solar, DC Sun, Nixon Peabody, Kenergy Solar, Cesar Chavez School, Direct Energy Solar, Interfaith Power & Light, Moms Clean Air Force, U.S. Climate Action Network, Wentworth Green Strategies, DC Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and others.

[Committee Chair Cheh, and Councilmember’s Silverman and Allen, stayed for the entire 5 hour hearing.]

You still have time to submit comments:

If you are unable to testify in person, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted to Ms. Aukima Benjamin, staff assistant to the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 108, Washington, D.C. 20004. They may also be e-mailed to abenjamin@dccouncil.us or faxed to (202) 724-8118.

The record will close at the end of the business day on May 26, 2016.

DCEN Supports a $15.00/Minimum Wage!

The DC Environmental Network has supported Living Wage and Minimum Wage legislation for over ten years. We believe that fair wages, that give District families a shot at living comfortable lives, is a major sustainability issue, and in the end, is complimentary to other priorities like clean water and clean and affordable energy.

We generally support the basic concept of Mayor Bowser’s “Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016” of ramping up the minimum wage to $15/hour and consumer price index adjustments over time,  but would also like to see tipped workers included into the mix. We are currently finalizing our testimony but wanted to pitch to all of you that it is important for all of us to comment on this important policy.

– Here is some helpful information: Bill Language & Hearing Notice.

– Working Families Party Hearing Guide!

– Useful links from the DC Fiscal Policy Institute that speak to “general” benefits of minimum wage increases:

Jobs in Retail and Food Service Grew in the First Year of DC’s Minimum Wage Increase.

Latest DC Minimum Wage Increase Helping Improve Families’ Security. 

DC’s Minimum Wage Increase Will Help Thousands of Residents Make Ends Meet.

Send in Testimony Today!

If you are unable to testify at the public hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. The official record will remain open until close of business Friday, May 27, 2016. Copies of written statements should be submitted to the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 119 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004.

19
May

DC Attorney General Karl Racine One Year Update!

Thu May 19, 2016 at 04:18:42 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

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On June 8th at NOON, join the DC Environmental Network, and other environmental organizations and activists, for our monthly networking opportunity.

Our briefing and discussion will feature, Karl A. Racine, the District’s first elected Attorney General. This event will be held at the NEW offices of Friends of the Earth & Green Cross International, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor.

RSVP here to attend! The District needs your participation.

Background:

Just under one year ago the DC Environmental Network invited the District’s first elected Attorney General, Karl Racine, to come to our monthly meeting, to discuss how the Office of Attorney General can do more to protect District residents, and our continuously threatened natural resources.

It was a very positive and constructive meeting with about 42 DCEN participants, including representatives from Earthjustice, University of the District of Columbia, Sierra Club (DC Chapter), DC Public Service Commission, DOEE, Groundswell, Office of the People’s Counsel, IMG Rebel, Global Green USA, Friends of the Earth, Green Cross International, Potomac Riverkeeper Network, Restore McMillan, Pathways DC, and others.

You can watch the 2015 video presentation here!

DCEN came prepared to propose a number of recommendations, including, following in the footsteps of California and New York, creating an Environmental Protection Bureau within the AG’s offices. During the presentation, Attorney General Racine stated, “Does the AG have the ability to set up a DC Environmental Protection Bureau? …I think the answer is, in the absence of a statutory bar, why not?” Attorney General Racine also suggested, “I think what we might do is…develop a working group, with the environmental activists, were we can identify certain priorities…”

All in all, it was a great start to an important conversation.

The purpose of the June 8th DCEN networking event is to continue this discussion, and, now that the AG’s office has had a year to get organized, work to create better structures and a stronger focus, within the AG’s office, towards protecting and defending the sustainability interests of the District.

You must RSVP here to attend.

Hope you can join us. All are welcome.

13
May

Yes, We Still Have Time to Stop Exelon!

Fri May 13, 2016 at 03:52:12 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

Time for one more action to help low-income residents in the District!

May 13, 2015

DC Environmental Network:

Take Time Now Final Web GraphicIs your electricity bill too LOW? Of course not.

But if we don’t keep fighting the attempted takeover of Pepco, we’ll all be paying more to prop up Chicago-based Exelon’s failing nuclear business.

We’re taking the fight against Exelon back to the agency that bizarrely flip-flopped on itself in approving the takeover last month.

Even if you’ve taken action before, I have to ask you again: Tell the D.C. Public Service Commission to stop Exelon.

In reversing its TWO earlier rejections of the takeover, the commission broke its own rules, abandoned its well-founded opposition to the takeover, and dismissed the objections of District residents and officials.

Our allies, Public Citizen, DC SUN and Grid 2.0 have launched a formal challenge against the takeover approval.

And they are not alone.

The D.C. attorney general and the District’s chief consumer advocate are also calling on the commission to do the right thing.

Add your voice — again — to those calling on the D.C. Public Service Commission to reject Exelon’s takeover bid once and for all.

This has been a long fight, and we’ve asked a lot of you.

But local control of our utility, affordable electricity and a path to sustainable energy are all worth fighting for.

Sincerely,

Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

 

10
May

DCEN Clean River Leader’s Report & Video!

Tue May 10, 2016 at 03:37:00 PM EST

By Chris Weiss, ED, DCEN

[Panel, LEFT to Right: Brent Blackwelder, Brent Bolin, Jennifer Chavez, Emily Franc, and James Foster]

DC Environmental Network:

I wish all of you had been able to join us last Thursday to hear from some of the best clean river advocates in DC.

I think we sometimes forget what talent and passion our fellow Washington Metropolitan region advocates have and bring to their jobs each day.

We had a number of organizations (and others) represented, who all play a role in clean water issues, including the DC Environmental Network, Global Green USA, Green Cross International, Earthjustice, Clean Water Action, Anacostia Riverkeeper, Potomac Riverkeeper, American Rivers, Anacostia Watershed Society, Center for Biological Diversity, City Wildlife, Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, District Department of Energy & Environment, Friends of the Earth, to name a few.

It’s not as good as being in the room, but I thought I would share some special quotes, and videos, so you can spend a little time learning from some of the regions very best.

Bottom line is we have a lot of work to do to restore our rivers from past and current harms. We also need to put the plans and commitment in place, to protect our waterways, as they are threatened from the future challenges that the growth of humanity will no doubt bring our way.

Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

Jennifer Chavez, Earthjustice

Watch Jennifer’s presentation.

Brent Blackwelder, Potomac Riverkeeper Network

Watch Brent’s presentation.

Brent Bolin, Clean Water Action

Watch Brent’s presentation.

James Foster, Anacostia Watershed Society

Watch Jim’s presentation.

Emily Franc, Anacostia Riverkeeper

Watch Emily’s presentation.

Hope you enjoy and are inspired by their great work on behalf of all of us.

4
May

DCEN Announcements: May 4, 2016

Wed May 04, 2016 at 02:40:17 PM EST

By Chris Weiss, Director, Global Green USA, Washington DC Office

RPS HEARING NOTICE 2017

DCEN Networking, Advocacy & Education!

[Grid Modernization Panel, March 3, 2016]

In the last few months the DC Environmental Network organized two climate related events. We had over 70 organizations and sustainability advocates, participate in these networking, advocacy, and learning opportunities.

On March 3rd, DCEN and DC Climate Action, held a panel discussion on, “Addressing Climate Challenges through Grid Modernization.”

VIDEO LINKS & POWERPOINT for Panelists:

Click Here for the main PowerPoint for all three presentations.

Edward Yim, D.C. Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE): Associate Director, DOEE Energy Administration
Click Here to see Edwards Video!
Nina Dodge, DC Climate Action (DCCA): Chair, DCCA Energy and Utilities Committee
Click Here to see Nina’s Video!
Joe Paladino, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE): Senior Advisor, DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
Click Here to see Joe’s Video!

[Climate Adaptation Panel, April 7, 2016]

On April 7th, DCEN and the District Department of Energy & Environment, held a panel discussion on the “DC Climate Adaptation Plan & Global Adaptation Initiatives.”

VIDEO LINKS & POWERPOINT for Panelists:

Kate Johnson, Climate Programs Analyst, District Department of Energy & Environment
Brendan Shane, Regional Director for North America, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Watch Kate & Brendan’s Video! / Kate’s PowerPoint / Brendan’s PowerPoint

Congratulations and great appreciation for our talented panelists. Apologies we did not share these presentation resources earlier. A lot going on this year!

DCEN Clean Rivers Event – Tomorrow @ Noon!

Tomorrow at NOON, at the offices of Friends of the Earth (1101 15th Street, 11th Floor), join the DC Environmental Network, Global Green USA, Earthjustice, Anacostia Riverkeeper, Anacostia Watershed Society, Potomac Riverkeeper, and many other DC river focused organizations and activists to celebrate the success of advocay and to learn what still needs to be done.

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

Our Clean River Panelists:

  • Brent Blackwelder, Founder, DC Environmental Network; President Emeritus, Friends of the Earth; Founding Boardmember, American Rivers (1973); and current Boardmember, Potomac Riverkeeper Network
  • Brent Bolin, Chesapeake Regional Director, Clean Water Action
  • Jennifer Chavez, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice
  • James Foster, President, Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Emily Franc, Anacostia Riverkeeper
  • Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network, Director, Washington, DC Office, Global Green USA (Moderator)

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

Hope to see you tomorrow.

2
May

DC Clean River Leaders Briefing 2016

Mon May 02, 2016 at 02:25:36 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, Global Green USA

Some of the Key Organizations and People, Who Are Leading Education and Advocacy Efforts, to Protect Our Rivers in the Washington Metro Region!

This Thursday at NOON, at the offices of Friends of the Earth (1101 15th Street, 11th Floor), join the DC Environmental Network, Global Green USA, Earthjustice, Anacostia Riverkeeper, Anacostia Watershed Society, Potomac Riverkeeper, and many other DC river focused organizations and activists to celebrate the success of advocay and to learn what still needs to be done.

Background:

The health of the Anacostia River, Potomac River and Rock Creek, and the quality of our lives, and sustainability of our economy, are intimately connected. There are a number of DC based organizations that have passionately led local and regional efforts to represent the interests of our rivers, its wildlife, and the people who live near its banks. These groups have been actively working on clean water issues long before government and corporations decided that river restoration was good for voters and for business.  Join us as a number of key organizations share highlights, through pictures and words, of their current work and vision for the future.

PANEL UPDATE: Brent Blackwelder, Founder, DC Environmental Network; President Emeritus, Friends of the Earth; Founding Boardmember, American Rivers (1973); and current Boardmember, Potomac Riverkeeper Network, will be joining the panel. He will share his perspective after decades of working on clean river issues at the local, national, and international level.

You must RSVP here to attend.

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

Our Clean River Panelists:

  • Brent Blackwelder, Founder, DC Environmental Network; President Emeritus, Friends of the Earth; Founding Boardmember, American Rivers (1973); and current Boardmember, Potomac Riverkeeper Network
  • Brent Bolin, Chesapeake Regional Director, Clean Water Action
  • Jennifer Chavez, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice
  • James Foster, President, Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Emily Franc, Anacostia Riverkeeper
  • Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network, Director, Washington, DC Office, Global Green USA (Moderator)

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

Hope to see you on May 5th.

 

30
Apr

DCEN Budget Priorities for DC FY 2017

Sat Apr 30, 2016 at 02:08:19 PM EST

By Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DCEN

The DC Environmental Network (DCEN) Sends Priority Budget Recommendations to DC Council Environment Committee.

This has been a busy budget season for DCEN and the sustainability community:

– 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 DC Council hearings.

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

[Picture: DOEE Director Tommy Wells testifies before DC Council Committee on Transportation and Environment, at budget oversight hearing.]

At these events, 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 & Budget Letter

DCEN 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!

DCEN TESTIMONY: 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!

DCEN BUDGET LETTER: DCEN FY17 Budget Letter with Recommendations to the Committee on Transportation and Environment. (CLICK HERE):

More to come.