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April 12, 2010

Hello DC Green Connectors and Friends!!

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Are you all enjoying spring as much as I am? Something in the air just radiates joy, renewal, and the promise of good things to come. For starters, the DC Green Connection is exactly one year from it's date of conception and two months shy of it's one-year birthday! Stay tuned for June! We've enjoyed a terrific start with NINE green events under our belt, 500+ members, and have a 2010 lineup that's sure to knock your socks off! We are even experimenting with this new newsletter format. Like it? Let me know! Thanks for sticking with us and for spreading the word to help the DC Green Connections grow!

Been There, Done That......

Well, I was certainly skipping for joy with the success of our March “Skip a Bag, Save the River” event! DC Green members enjoyed VIP seating at Environmental Films featuring the Anacostia River (one of the nation's top ten most polluted rivers!) After lively discussion with the film producers, we gathered at the Logan Tavern for delicious appetizers and a special selection of organic beverages. EatWellDC partner, Josh Hahn, highlighted the Tavern's eco-practices while DDOE's Sherry Schwechten answered questions about the new DC Bag Fee and Ariel Tahran (Anacostia Watershed Society) spoke about efforts underway to restore the river. To see how much fun was had—check out the photos on our meetup site!

What's Happening on the DC Green Scene this Month?

This issue features a quick roundup of some of the celebratory events and opportunities happening in our backyard to help commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day! Enjoy!

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April 17 Green in the Circle Festival
Hosted by NBC4 News Anchor Wendy Rieger, this firstime festival features great local speakers, green businesses and organizations, and entertainment featuring Beat Ya Feet Kings and No Second Troy! Sign up for the Live Green “Green Rush” scavenger hunt and be sure to say hello to your friends at the DC Green Connection table!
When: 11am-4pm
Where: Dupont Circle
Tickets: FREE

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April 17 &18 Earth Day Network: Days of Service and Performing Arts
On Saturday, April 17, Earth Day Network will coordinate a volunteer park clean-up project in partnership with the National Park Service and Trust for the National Mall. On April 18, Earth Day Network and WeatherizeDC are hosting a door-to-door canvass and block party to raise awareness about how weatherizing homes in D.C. is good for the environment and the local economy. More info click here.
When: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: National Mall & Rock Creek Park

April 22: Wondering what to do on the ACTUAL Earth Day?

Well take your pick! Here are some of DC Green's favorite recommendations. Click on header links for more information.

DC's Direct Impact Fundraiser
When: 7pm-10pm
Where: Local 16 (1602 U Street NW)
Tickets: $22
WeatherizeDC, Earth Day Network, CarbonfreeDC and other green leaders of DC are joining forces to host the Earth Day Direct Impact Fundraiser to build DC’s Green Economy. Every dollar raised for CarbonfreeDC will directly fund the weatherization of 4 local homes in areas of high unemployment and help ignite a sustainable and job rich local green economy.

Green Drinks DC Happy Hour
When: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: (TBD-U St. Corridor) Check back on the GreenDrinksDC website or FB page!
Tickets: FREE
Please note that this event replaces the regularly scheduled second Tuesday Green Drinks happy hour in order to celebrate Earth Day and take part in a challenge to top the Green Drinks world attendance record, currently held by a group in Australia. Spotlight speaker will be Esmeralda Stuk, co-founder of Sharing Backyards DC.

Toast to the Ocean on Earth Day with WAN!*
When: 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Where: ARIA TRATTORIA 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Tickets: $10 WAN Members/Students, $15 Non-members
Refreshments included

R.S.V.P. required by April 19, 2010 to washingtonWAN@gmail.com
Join the Washington Women's Aquatic Network on their 25th Anniversary to raise a glass and
celebrate collective blue planet successes. Co-sponsored by The Ocean Foundation, National
Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Ocean Champions and Marine Conservation Biology Institute.

Washington Film Institute & AED Present : “No Impact Man"
When: 6:30pm & 8:15pm
Where: AED Globe Theater 1927 Florida Ave. NW (*formerly Visions theater)
Tickets (Film & Reception): $16
Watch one man's journey into the world of carbon free living in New York city and witness the impact it has on his life and his family. The Washington Film Institute (WFI) is a new organization created to inspire audiences through film education and the cultivation of the cinematic arts.

April 24 Annual Anacostia Watershed Cleanup
When: 8:30 a.m.- 12:00p.m. Cleanup, 12:00-2:00 Festival
Where: Specific Spots along the Anacostia (Check website/map)
Tickets: FREE!
Want to get your hands dirty? Then join Anacostia Watershed Society and hundreds of other volunteers and participate in a massive trash cleanup along the shores of the Anacostia River in DC and several upstream tributaries in Maryland. An Earth Day Celebration in Anacostia Park will follow featuring a free picnic lunch, music, presentations from government officials and exhibits from community organizations.

April-Ongoing: Green Hours around DC
Earth Day Network has spotlighted restaurants across the Washington, DC metro area to highlight the responsible decisions they make when buying and serving local or organic, sustainable foods. Participating locations include Mocha Lounge, Busboys & Poets, Restaurant Nora, Bread & Brew, and Pitango Gelato. Specific dates and times located at: http://earthday.org/node/709/actions

And for the Grand Finale? April 25 Climate Rally & Concert on the National Mall!

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On Sunday, April 25, Earth Day Network together with its many green partners (including the DC Green Connection!) will organize a massive climate rally to encourage Congress to enact strong, comprehensive climate legislation that will create American jobs, cap carbon emissions and secure our nation’s future. This public event will capstone week long earth day events with performances from world-famous musicians including Sting, John Legend & The Roots and speeches from environmental stewards Reverend Jesse Jackson, film director, James Cameron, Olympic gold medalist, Billy Demong, producer, Trudie Styler and author, Margaret Atwood. More info: click here.
When: 11am-7pm
Tickets: FREE!

Want to know more about the DC Green Connection?

Join us on Meetup.com/The-DC-Green-Connection to stay on top of upcoming events, meet other green curious Washingtonians, or explore local green restaurants, bars, cafes and find out how you can make YOUR life greener and more sustainable with simple, everyday lifestyle changes.

Get Involved Today!

Interested in co-sponsoring a future DC Green event, or volunteering time or website skills? Please contact me: Monika Thiele at monika@thedcgreenconnection.com or at 206.790.1769. (I know, I know....why the 206? I just never bothered to change my Seattle number, even after 5 years back in DC!)

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Many thanks to my super fabulous designer, Rebecca Ellis of LBC Studios!

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