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Exciting green events this weekend

From: Sankar
Sent on: Thursday, October 8, 2009 6:17 PM
These are not necessarily meetup events but some exciting stuff going in DC (and on TV) that may be of interest to nature lovers:

Solar Decathlon on the Mall:

2009 Solar Decathlon October 9-18 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. begins. The Solar Decathlon is a biennial competition where 20 teams of university students from around the world develop fully-functional houses that draw all their energy from the sun. After spending two years developing their homes, the students ship their partially completed homes to the National Mall, finish building the homes, and then compete in 10 contests that measure the team's skills in architecture, home design, and communications. The solar homes must produce enough electricity and hot water to perform all the normal functions of a home, including powering the lights and home electronics, washing clothes and dishes, showering, and cooking, all while maintaining a comfortable temperature. Teams can also earn bonus points if their homes produce a surplus of electricity. The event will be open to the public on October 9-13 and 15-18. For more information, check out their web page at

Green Festival at the Convention Center:

Need I tell you more? Exciting and popular event with tons of activities, exhibits, speakers.
Sat 10-7 and Sun 11-6
details at

Last chance to watch Ken Burns' "National Parks--America's Best Idea" for free:

On oct 11, sunday, WETA will rebroadcast episodes 4,5 and 6 from 11 am to 5pm. Also tomorrow is the last day to watch all of it online:

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