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CarbonfreeDC Newsletter - Summer Edition

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Sent on: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 3:48 PM


CarbonfreeDC Newsletter - Summer Edition

CarbonfreeDC is all about empowering locals like you to reduce your own carbon footprint. In addition to workshops, our newsletter is just another way to make an eco-difference in your life. If you have questions or comments, please contact us at [address removed].

Because this is the summer edition of the newsletter, we've included tips on how to stay cool while keeping your carbon footprint small during the hottest time of the year. Check it out in the "Feature" section below the "Upcoming Events" section.



UPCOMING EVENTS

HUGE Eco- Happy Hour, June 18: Join CarbonfreeDC and meetup groups like the 20's & 30's Going Out Group, the Kick A$$ Professionals, the DMV Ladies, NoVa Singles and DC Simplicity for a HUGE happy hour on June 18th at Gua Rapo. The happy hour is a great opportunity to meet new, like-minded people. This will also be a great networking opportunity if you're looking to expand your career horizons. So rip yourself from that tree and come meet others that care about the environment. ALL AGES WELCOME RSVP for the HUGE Eco- Happy Hour.

Earth Ball 2009, June 19: Earth Ball 2009 is an Earth Awareness Soiree on June 19, 2009 to highlight major national and local environment issues. The event is from 6pm to midnight at the Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave NE. There'll be plenty of food and drinks (complimentary beer!), a DJ spinning, a Green Exhibit Gallery and various leaders and activists in the green/environmental movement. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds benefit urban vegetable gardening programs for moderate to low-income DC residents. RSVP for Earth Ball 2009.

An Introduction to Green Jobs, June 22: The term "Green Jobs" is everywhere these days. During the presidential election, the stimulus debate and the budget discussions, "Green Jobs" kept popping up. To help beginners get answers to their questions about green jobs, CarbonfreeDC is hosting "An Introduction to Green Jobs" on June 22nd at 6:30pm at Ebenezers Coffeehouse (201 F St. NE) on Capitol Hill. Anca Novacovici, founder of Eco-Coach and a green jobs expert, will give a presentation and answer your questions about green jobs. RSVP for An Introduction to Green Jobs.

Convergence on Zero - Public Conference, June 25-26: The Convergence on Zero conference brings together leading environmental thinkers and doers to share their experience with the public. Opening with an analysis of our global challenges, the event moves on to explore the options available to fix our broken systems and strengthen those that are still working. The conference is being held at the Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History from 10am-5pm on both the 25th and 26th. Registration is only $20 for CarbonfreeDC members. Register for the Convergence on Zero Public Conference.

No-Mow, No-Water Landscaping, July 11: Mowing a traditional American lawn creates huge amounts of CO2 and air pollution. One hour of gasoline-powered mowing can emit as many pollutants as driving a car 20 miles. And then there are the fertilizers and pesticides to boot! Thankfully, there are a number of viable alternatives... CarbonfreeDC has partnered with Sierra Club to show you how to make the switch! This workshop will include hands-on composting demonstrations and other techniques to help you transform your yard into a space that doesn't rely on chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or frequent watering. Join us at the Fairlington Community Center (3308 S. Stafford St. in Arlington) at 9:30am. RSVP for No-Mow, No-Water Landscaping.

Design with the Sun in Mind - Passive Solar for Your Home, July 11: On July 11, CarbonfreeDC is hosting a workshop on how you can integrate the position of the sun into your home's design so you can maximize the benefits of the sun's heat and light. Will Stewart, a systems engineer with an educational background in electromechanical engineering, will host the workshop. Mr. Stewart has continued to research advances in solar techniques and building materials advances. Some of his solar projects include the modeling and designing of the passive solar aspects of his home as well as the specification of the photovoltaic system components. The workshop will begin at 2:30pm and will be held at the Arlington Central Library at 1015 N. Quincy St. in Arlington. RSVP for the Passive Solar for Your Home workshop.



FEATURE: Keeping Your Carbon Footprint Small While Keeping Cool

It never fails, each summer brings a new round of heat waves along with a new round of brown outs. As the temperature rises, Washingtonians crank up the air conditioner to stay cool. Unfortunately, burning coal electricity to stay cool only makes global warming worse, creating a dangerous environmental cycle.

There are things you can do to reduce your energy demands when it starts getting hot outside. Follow these tips and you'll keep cool, save money and protect the earth.

Air Conditioning:

  • Begin by setting your A/C thermostat to 78 degrees when you're home. Install a programmable thermostat to turn off the A/C when you're at work.
  • Running a fan while you are in the room can keep the surface of your skin cool, reducing the need for the A/C. Keep in mind, fans only work when they're blowing directly on you so don't leave them running if you aren't in the room.
  • Place lamps and warm lights away from the A/C thermostat so they don't mislead the thermostat into thinking it is warmer than it really is in the room.
  • Replace your A/C's filter on a regular basis so air can flow freely. Vacuum window units to remove built up dust.

Shade:

  • Sun pouring through windows can increase your A/C's work load two to three times, install white window shades, drapes and blinds to reflect heat away from the house
  • Close curtains on the south and west facing windows during the day
  • Install awnings, plant trees or build a fence to keep sun light away from south-facing windows
  • Apply sun-control or other reflective films on south-facing windows
  • Consider replacing windows on sunny sides of the house with double-pained windows to lock out warm air.

Leaks:

  • Caulking and weather stripping around windows and doors will keep air conditioned air inside.
  • Add additional insulation around air conditioning ducts located in attics, crawl spaces and garages.
  • Close the fireplace damper.






ABOUT CARBONFREEDC

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 http://www.carbonfreedc.org Membership is free!

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