DC Environmental Network updated their address.
The DC Environmental Network, founded in 1996 is working toward a vision of rebuilding Washington, DC’s neighborhoods and communities for long-term economic stability — accomplishing this by protecting and restoring DC's urban environment.
DC Environmental Network updated their address.
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Join Lead Emergency Action for the District (L.E.A.D.) DC Kids Deserve Safe Drinking Water! The DC Environmental Network is not into plastic straws but we do believe all DC kids deserve to drink water
We won this campaign. Now on to Beach Drive!
Environmental Victory: A U.S. District Court Judge (Boasberg) dismissed a suit seeking to have Klingle Valley turned into a road. The DC Environmental Network, Friends of the Earth and others spent a lot of time the last decade working to protect this special and unique parkland. Nice to have a victory that will benefit all of the District.
Collecting some plastic and keeping it out of our rivers and creeks is important but not even close to being a comprehensive solution to this global problem. In July, DCEN will be talking with advocates fighting a proposed $12 billion dollar plastics production plant in Louisiana's chemical corridor. We will be connecting our use of plastics in DC to the health and wellbeing of frontline communities in the corridor between Baton Rouge and New Orleans that have been demanding environmental justice from the fossil fuel industry for decades.
Many people don't know that plastic is actually a byproduct of the petroleum industry, and as we continue to transition away from fossil fuel-powered energy, Big Oil is attempting to save themselves by ramping up the plastic production. If we let that happen, plastic production could account for 15% of global emissions by 2050.
Hoping to get a couple hundred signatures before next Monday!
Let’s get to 99 signatures by the end of today - can you add yours?
You can RSVP for this briefing and networking opportunity here: https://conta.cc/2X6itid
We have been waiting for this one! Congratulations DC!
Did you know? On January 1, 2021, retailers are banned from selling certain FOAM products BANNED in the District. This includes: food ware (cups, plates, etc), containers (ice chests & coolers), and packing materials (packing peanuts)
We have rodent issues in DC because humans are sloppy and do not manage their waste carefully. If we could manage our waste better we could reduce our use of pesticides (rodenticide). Too bad this little one has to suffer because of questionable waste management strategies and pesticide use.
It's #WildlifeWednesday ! Earlier this week we admitted an adult red-tailed hawk who had been found on the ground unable to fly or even stand up. When we examined him, we found pale oral mucus membranes, a sign of possible anemia. Blood work confirmed a severe anemia with a pack cell volume (PCV) of 8%! PCV measures the volume percentage of red blood cells, and typical range in a healthy red-tailed hawk is 30-40%. The blood sample was also slow to clot. A blood smear slide showed a strong population of immature blood cells, indicating that the bone marrow is regenerating new red blood cells. We also tested for lead toxicity, which was negative.
While there are other causes of these changes in the blood, we suspect he is suffering from an anticoagulant rodenticide toxicity. Anticoagulant rodenticides interfere with the activation of vitamin K, an essential component of the blood clotting mechanism. Hawks and other non-target animals become secondary victims of rodenticides after consuming rats and mice who have ingested the poison.
Because the anemia is so severe, the prognosis for this hawk is guarded. He does seem to be responding to treatment, however, and is now able to perch and take short flights!
Here is one way to make the District of Columbia green! ;-)
Today, San Francisco reaffirms its deep commitment to the highest ambitions of the #ParisAgreement on its fifth anniversary, by turning our City Hall green.
Around the world, fellow @C40 cities are taking part in this global show of solidarity on the same day as the Climate Ambition Summit 2020. https://www.climateambitionsummit2020.org/index.php#home
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The DC Environmental Network is honored to be recognized as wildlife heroes at this upcoming event!
Join our annual celebration from the comfort of your home!
The article may be from Baton Rouge, but the sentiment rings true here: city beautification through trees is great, but the real benefits come from the transition to native species that are treated as green infrastructure *and* essential infrastructure
Electrify Metro buses by 2045! (well sooner if possible but 2045 is the current target for advocates)
Electric buses are quiet and good for the environment - but that’s not what inspired officials in Greensboro, North Carolina, to add ten electric buses to the city’s fleet. Their motivation was primarily financial.
Adam Fischer, Greensboro’s director of transportation, says even after accounting for the higher upfront cost of the buses, “we conservatively think we’ll save $300,000 to $350,000 per bus over the life cycle of an electric bus due to reduced maintenance and operating cost.”
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New DCEN events! Testify about DPW Mismanagement & Meet OPC Climate Attorney!
Zero-Waste and the Climate Crisis Featured! DCEN Announcements: October 1, 2020 We need you to testify October 9th at 11:00! Not diverting waste from landfill and incineration hurts the health and wel
Does the District's Attorney General have all the same powers and independence other AG's have? Should the Executive restructure its agencies so that agency lawyers can engage more independently to better represent the interests of DC government?
Here is an issue from 2013 we may want to re-visit. To a degree, over the last 3 years, the DC AG has worked successfully with DC DOEE to promote environmental concerns. Mostly on issues that would not have necessarily called for a more independent AG. The idea would be to assess whether or not we have lost opportunities to protect and defend the environment since 2013 and to see if its the right time to more fully empower the AG's office. DC continues to have an AG office that does not have all the bells and whistles that other AG's around the country have. DCEN thinks the DC AG could do more but is appreciative of the slow but meaningful progress they have made to incorporate environmental concerns into their workload.
Our pandemic economy demands that the District's Department of Public Works not waste taxpayer dollars. Learn how DC can literally stop burning taxpayer money by adopting zero-waste policies that sustainably divert more trash from landfill and incineration!
Learn how DC can literally stop burning taxpayer money! DCEN briefing on September 22nd at Noon: DC DPW, Zero-Waste, and Our Pandemic Economy! (February 15, 2019) DC Department of Public Works Directo
Environmental organizations want new leadership at the DC Department of Public Works!
The sustainability of our city is at stake! Zero-Waste advocates at a District of Columbia Council hearing on waste management in DC. We want new leadership at the DC Department of Public Works! Yeste
“We filed this lawsuit to force the EPA to do its job, protect decades of environmental work and billions of dollars invested, and ensure all the watershed states work together meet pollution reduction goals,” said D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) in a statement."
Lawsuit alleges EPA neglected to penalize New York and Pennsylvania for falling short of requirements outlined in 2010 plan.
The nexus between climate change, fossil fuels, and plastics. This industry plan is so unethical.
Our policy responses in DC need to be more than just creating more programs to pick up plastic bottles.
"According to documents reviewed by The New York Times, an industry group representing the world’s largest chemical makers and fossil fuel companies is lobbying to influence United States trade negotiations with Kenya, one of Africa’s biggest economies, to reverse its strict limits on plastics — including a tough plastic-bag ban. It is also pressing for Kenya to continue importing foreign plastic garbage, a practice it has pledged to limit...Pivoting to plastics, the industry has spent more than $200 billion on chemical and manufacturing plants in the United States over the past decade. But the United States already consumes as much as 16 times more plastic than many poor nations, and a backlash against single-use plastics has made it tougher to sell more at home."
Faced with plunging profits and a climate crisis that threatens fossil fuels, the industry is demanding a trade deal that weakens Kenya’s rules on plastics and on imports of American trash.
Germany is banning the sale of single-use plastic straws, cotton buds and food containers, bringing it in line with a European Union directive intended to reduce the amount of plastic garbage that pollutes the environment.
Germany is banning the sale of single-use plastic straws, cotton buds and food containers
Nice vehicle to get the solar energy story out to the world.
PRESS RELEASE: DOEE Announces #DCSolarStories Web Series Is Vying for Emmy Award Eight-Part Documentary Series, Tells How District Solar For All Program Fights Climate Change, Helps Residents 🍿🎬☀️♻️💚
Full Release: http://ow.ly/WDyC50AHs2k
This is out of control. Let's try and reduce our use of plastic and push industry to find alternatives and stop flooding the world, and our parks, with this poison.
This scientist found that more than 1,000 tons of microplastic were being deposited across 11 national parks and wilderness areas in a year. That's equivalent to 123-300 million ground-up plastic water bottles.
Skip the plastic and choose a reusable water bottle!
Congressman Salud Carbajal
The President is continuing to use the global COVID-19 pandemic to enact his anti-environmental agenda. This finalized rule threatens to end 50 years of progress meant to protect the environment and our communities.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) gives communities across the country an opportunity to make their voices heard, and stop pollution in their own backyards. This rollback sidelines the public and gives corporate polluters a green light to cut corners, exploit our communities, and risk our health.
Kudos to Vermont for tackling food waste and becoming the first to implement statewide composting! 👏 👏 👏
Know your fledglings!
It's fledgling season. Those shaggy, frizz-headed preteens are hopping around everywhere! Many can't fly yet, but this is normal. Their parents are usually close by and feeding them. If you see one in a dangerous spot, you can gently move it to a safer place very nearby and keep watch from a distance. But don't birdnap! If the bird is even a little naked, it's a NESTLING and *does* need help. Please contact us if you're not sure. Here are some of NYC's most familiar fledgling faces.
SF to lift ban on reusable shopping bags amid complaints about waste
San Francisco and most other Bay Area counties banned reusable shopping bags at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic because of concerns the bags could carry the virus into stores. Now, public health officials say, there’s little risk of such transmission, and the bans are being lifted.
Plastic is bad no matter the location.
Community activists have repeatedly warned against a company building a massive facility on top of slaves' graves.
"The paints are “a whole new source that hasn’t really been discussed before.”
"Brahney found a lot of tiny fibers, likely from clothes, carpets, and other textiles. She also found minuscule particles, about 30% of which were brightly colored spheres. Smaller than the plastic microbeads that have been used in cosmetics and other personal care products, the spheres are components of paints that might be released to the atmosphere during spray painting, she says."
New study begins to trace a global “plastic cycle”
“Overall, more food is going to waste than usual right now. With almost the entire restaurant and foodservice sector closed, entire supply chains have found themselves without a market. This is leading to millions of pounds of produce being tilled into the ground, many thousands of gallons of milk poured into lagoons, and huge amounts of seafood being thrown out. Because grocery sales are up, there is likely less food going to waste in that sector for the time being, but it’s not enough to make up for all that’s going to waste on the foodservice side. In homes, we don’t know for sure, but my guess is that all the hoarding and change in habits has led people to waste slightly more food than normal.”
As more people are cooking than ever before, an expert offerts tips on how to waste less food.
DC is listed as #2. Something to celebrate, sure, to a point, but there is much that is not factored into this rating. Lack of maintenance and other issues, in some of our most under-served communities, keep our city from fully deserving this rating.
A DC parks expert, Steve Coleman, of Washington Parks & People recently made this statement at a DC Environmental Network meeting:
"On the front lines of COVID recovery and resilience around the world, parks are more critical than ever for the health of city people everywhere, providing essential wide-open natural areas for people to get fresh air without contaminating each other. Yet DC's parks beyond
the rec centers are suffering from a severe lack of environmental stewardship and accountability that has plagued them for many years. The frightening deterioration in our parks is sharply exacerbating social compression inside, especially in the most underserved communities east of the Anacostia River, in DC's biggest municipal parks. Now more than ever, DC needs a strong natural resource management agency. In the same way that urban agriculture functions recently shifted from DGS to DOEE, could we work with the Mayor and Council to fund and establish a DOEE office on parks and natural resource management?
Just as stepped-up parks investment has made a major difference in countering COVID in New York City, this could dramatically boost nature-based health across the city."
Annual ParkScore® Index Reports Sharp Increase in Park and Trail Use, but Experts Sound Alarm over Park Inequities and Risk of Budget Cuts As the world weathers the COVID-19 pandemic, The Trust for Public Land announced that Minneapolis, Minn., reclaimed its position as the nation’s best park sys...
For an upcoming episode of a show called Spy in the Wild, PBS's Nature used a tiny drone disguised as a hummingbird to capture f
Big News 📢 the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act was introduced by Senator Udall & Congressman Lowenthal to reduce plastic waste and prevent it from entering our ocean.
On Friday, May 1st @ 11:00 AM, join the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) for a special briefing by The PEW Charitable Trust's Flood-Prepared Communities initiative, on reducing flood risk in the United States.
DCEN asked PEW to share their expertise as DC based environmental organizations and advocates are preparing comments in response to the DC Department of Energy & Environment's proposed floodplain regulations. We hope this briefing will help contribute to a broader and more creative understanding as to what's possible as communities prepare for climate crisis flooding.
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The DC Environmental Network, founded in 1996, is working toward a vision of rebuilding Washington, DC’s neighborhoods and communities for long-term economic stability — accomplishing this by protecting and restoring DC's urban environment.