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CarbonfreeDC Newsletter - March Edition

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Sent on: Thursday, March 19, 2009 10:26 AM

CarbonfreeDC Newsletter - March Edition

CarbonfreeDC [] 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].

Interested in how you can be more involved in CarbonfreeDC? Want an update on our past events? See the "Feature" section below the "Upcoming Events" section


1) DC Environmental Film Festival - "The Great Squeeze", Mar 19: The DC Environmental Film Festival is premiering "The Great Squeeze," a film on climate change and the end of the fossil fuel era, on March 19th at 4:00 at the World Bank. Join CarbonfreeDC members to learn more about the changes taking place on our planet and how the work we're doing will make a difference. RSVP for this film.

2) CarbonfreeDC and Tree Hugger Happy Hour, Mar 19: CarbonfreeDC and Tree Hugger is hosting a happy hour at McFadden's (2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW) at 5:00 on Thursday, March 19th. For those who attended to film screening, this will be a great chance to talk about it. For everyone, this is an opportunity to meet other locals with similar interests and passions. RSVP for this Happy Hour.

3) 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 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.

4) Earth Hour Candlelight Vigil, Mar 28: This year, Washington, along with millions of people in over 1,500 cities around the world, will turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour in an organized call for action to save our planet from climate change. World Wildlife Fund's "Earth Hour" event is a great opportunity to join other DC environmentalists in a symbolic show of support for real change on global warming. CarbonfreeDC members will be meeting at 8:15 outside the John Wilson Building (13 1/2 St. & Pennsylvania Ave. NW). We will introduce ourselves at the public event and then participate in the candle light vigil as lights are turned out in buildings all around this area. Be sure to wear something creative and eye-catching as we expect media to attend. Participants are encouraged to join us for a celebration following the event at a nearby restaurant. RSVP for this event.

5) [url=]Global Warming - Why Meat Matters
, Apr 29: It's impossible to have a conversation about reducing your carbon footprint without discussing the impact of meat. The good news for meat-eaters is that you can reduce your carbon contributions without going totally meat-less. Join us on Wednesday, April 29th at 6:30 at Timberlakes (1726 Connecticut Ave NW) for a discussion on meat's hidden costs lead by Nathan Fiala, the author of the Scientific America article, "The Greenhouse Hamburger." RSVP for this Workshop.

6) Greater DC Cares Servathon, May 2: Greater DC Cares is the leading and largest coordinator of volunteerism in the region with a network of more than 500 nonprofits & 12,000 volunteers. On May 2, CarbonfreeDC members will join thousands of volunteers for Greater DC Cares' volunteer marathon - Servathon. We will choose a project (i.e. building a community playground, landscaping a school, cleaning a public park, etc.) and together we will make a positive change in our community. In addition to being a massive volunteer effort, Servathon is a fundraising event for Greater DC Cares, in addition to helping CarbonfreeDC meet its volunteer goal, you can help us meet our fundraising goal. Learn more about Servathon and sign-up.


I. Events Summary:

1) The Low Carbon Diet Program: The Low Carbon Diet program began on Sunday, March 8th. This will be our inaugural class of carbon dieters. Upon completing the program, these first participants will qualify to lead future carbon diet work groups and will be CarbonfreeDC certified "Carbon Dietitians." If you want to learn more about the Carbon Diet program, visit the CarbonfreeDC website.

2) Starting a Green Team at Work: On February 26th, CarbonfreeDC hosted a workshop on starting a green team at work at the World Wildlife Fund headquarters. The workshop taught participants how to engage leadership, identify goals, encourage participation and measure success. One of the key lessons from the workshop was the idea that because government only regulates 10% of an organization's environmental impacts, it's up to employees to tackle the other 90%. If you were unable to attend the event, visit CarbonfreeDC's resource page on our website for some information from the presenters.

3) Civil Disobedience at Capitol Coal Plant: You may not have known it, but a coal power plant is located right inside DC's borders, on Capitol Hill. On March 2nd, CarbonfreeDC members joined Greenpeace, the Rainforest Action Network and over 2,000 protesters for a peaceful act of civil disobedience outside the plant. The aim was to disrupt the plant's operations and educate the public about the harmful effect of burning coal on our planet. Perhaps inspired by the protest, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid called for the coal plant to be converted into a natural gas plant just days before protesters locked arms outside the building. Although it snowed on the day of the event, this good news gave a sense of success to the participants.

II. How to Get More Involved:

  • Volunteer to be a greeter at our workshops to make attendees feel welcome.
  • Become a CarbonfreeDC certified Carbon Dietician by participating in one of our Carbon Diet programs and volunteering to teach lead Diet groups.
  • Represent CarbonfreeDC at community events or help organize a workshop on a topic of interest.
  • Like politics? help organize local advocacy efforts and keep CarbonfreeDC members engaged.
  • Volunteer to lead a tour of an exhibit or interest, or represent CarbonfreeDC at local events.
  • Help gather resources relating to upcoming/previous workshops and share them with members on
  • If you're the creative type, come up with an "action" that will help spread the word about climate change for our participation with "350 - International Day of Climate Action" in October. It could be chalk drawings in Dupont Circle or a giant human chain around the Washington monument while wearing informative t-shirts. Push the envelope!

CarbonfreeDC is a grassroots initiative dedicated to mobilizing DC area residents on one goal: dramatically reducing local carbon emissions. We accomplish this by organizing monthly workshops and field trips to help you take significant steps to reducing your carbon footprint.

Learn more and come a member at Membership is free!

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