CarbonfreeDC Newsletter - February (Valentines) Edition

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CarbonfreeDC Newsletter - Valentine's Day Edition

CarbonfreeDC [http://www.carbonfreedc.com] is all about empowering locals like you to reduce your own carbon footprint. You've probably already enjoyed one or more of our practical workshops. Our newsletter is just another place to learn ways to make an eco-difference in your life. If you have questions or comments, please contact us at [address removed].

Love someone special? Be sure to read our Valentine's Day tips below!



UPCOMING EVENTS

1) Starting a Green Team at Work, Feb. 26: You've been greening your home, now bring those efforts to the office by starting a Green Team! A Green Team is an informal or formal group of co-workers that finds ways to green their workplace. Join us on February 26 at 7:00 PM at the World Wildlife Fund Headquarters [masked]th Street, NW #6) to learn from 3 Green Team experts about the best way to create a green team at work so you can encourage your co-workers to be greener at the office. RSVP for this workshop.

2) Civil Disobedience at Capitol Coal Plant, Mar. 2: The Capitol Power Plant, a dirty old coal plant on Capitol Hill, is a glaring symbol of what is wrong in Washington, DC and our nation at large. On March 2 at 1:00 PM, join fellow CarbonfreeDC members and thousands of others at the Spirit of Justice Park (C St. and Capitol St SE ) for a rally aimed at the coal-fired power plant that powers the U.S. Capitol Building. RSVP for the rally.

3) Green Your Faith - Congregations Tackling Climate Change, Mar. 3: Did you know that for several years now, faith communities in the DC Metro area have already been vigorously taking action to combat climate change?Join us at St Paul's Episcopal Church (2430 K St NW) on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 PM to learn what motivates local congregations of different faiths to protect the environment and get practical advice on how you can start/support a Green Team with your own faith group. RSVP for this workshop.

4) How to Compost in the City, Mar. 25: Who knew composting in the city could be so easy?! Join us on March 25 at 6:30 at the MLK Library (901 G St NW) for a workshop lead by Ed Bruske, Past-President & Co-Founder of DC Urban Gardeners, to learn about the tremendous number of options for composting and containing your compost. You will learn that anyone can do it and no space is too small. RSVP for this workshop.

5) The Low Carbon Diet Program: Forget the South Beach Diet... CarbonfreeDC will teach you how to lose 5000 pounds in 30 days! CarbonfreeDC is launching the Low Carbon Diet Program, which will meet 4 times over 2 months. In the program, you'll join a small group of other locals and discover together how to reduce carbon emissions in your home and lifestyle. Learn more and sign-up.


FEATURE: GREEN YOUR LOVE

It's Valentines Day time again and CarbonfreeDC wants to help you show your love for the earth.

1) Virginia Green Energy: If you live in Virginia and you've been jealous of all the green energy affection in DC and Maryland, you can finally get in on the action. Dominion Virginia Power introduced a "green energy" program on January 1, 2009. The voluntary renewable energy option for Dominion customers will cost a penny and a half more per kWh. To learn more, go to the Dominion Green Energy website or call[masked]-3000.

2) Do You Heart Clean Energy?: Have you ever been so in love you want to shout about it at the top of a mountain? Well the "I Heart Clean Energy" campaign is something like that. The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) has created a website, www.iheartcleanenergy.org, where you can share a picture of the person you love the most with the rest of the world, while sharing a message with Congress about the energy you love the most.

3) Share a Greener Love on Valentines Day: If you've been racking your brain trying to think of sustainable ways of showing your affection, here are some green love tips compliments of the Green Piece Blog...

  • Start With Breakfast in Bed: Slip out of bed a little early, take the dog for a walk and cook up a delicious homemade breakfast. Your mate will love the extra time in bed and what's sexier then feeding someone veggie bacon?
  • Make Your Own Valentines Day Card: Put some time and energy into making your own card. Use magazines and catalogs laying around the house to piece together a funny or romantic card that you can sneak into your mate's briefcase or backpack for them to discover during the day.
  • Set the Mood: At the end of the day, make sure your mate will come home to a cozy, dark, bee's wax candle-lit environment with delicious organic wine and relaxing music. Get the romance started with a nice massage.
  • Prepare an Organic, Vegetarian Meal: Once you both feel nice and relaxed, go to work on dinner. Leave out the nasty preservatives, chemicals and pesticides that make your body feel contaminated and bloated.
  • Cuddle Up With Their Favorite Eco-Movie: Snuggle on the couch and enjoy Wall-E, The Day After Tomorrow or some other film in the dark. Even if you both fall asleep, it will be the end of a perfect Valentines Day.
  • Other Romantic Sustainable Gifts Include: Adopt a cute baby animal from the National Zoo to help preserve their habitat. Buy Endangered Species Chocolate to donate money to protecting endangered species. You can plant a tree in honor of your love that will grow for many years to come. Of, if you must, you can buy fair-trade, conflict-free diamonds.





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