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Cool DC/Cut Coal: How can DC conserve energy, promote renewables, and cut coal?
The DC Chapter and George Washington University Law School are co-hosting a free public forum on DC and energy use on Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the GWU Law School, 2000 H Street, N.W. (20th & H Streets, NW, about 4 blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station). Click here for a map.
Presentation topics will include: how energy use in DC relates to the devastating impacts of mountain top-removal coal mining [see photo, right] and the Mirant Potomac River Coal Plant; the green collar economy; DC policies that support sustainable energy use; and what residents can do to decrease their carbon footprint.
Among the exhibitors will be energy companies that feature renewable energy credits, local solar and energy efficiency contractors, and non-profits engaged in energy efficiency and renewables. For more information, contact Larry Martin, DC chapter, energy chair, or Amanda Brinton, chapter outreach coordinator, at (202)363-4366.
Call for nominations for the 2011-2012 Executive Committee
It's that time of year, and the DC Chapter is soliciting nominations for the Chapter Executive Committee. This is a great opportunity to share and build your leadership skills as you help provide strategic direction for the chapter and participate actively in one or more critical areas such as membership, fundraising, event planning, volunteer engagement, communications, etc. Volunteer work with the chapter is a plus.
We are a small chapter, and the ExComm functions as a "working board." Terms are 2 years, beginning in Jan. 2011 through Jan. 2012. Average time commitment is 10-15 hours/month. If would like to nominate yourself, or you would like more information, contact Gwyn Jones. Nominations close Nov. 12.
Endorsed Candidates Prevail in DC Primaries;
Chapter Votes to Continue Support in the General Election Nov. 2
All of the candidates endorsed by the DC Chapter won their races in the Sept. 14 District primary elections. The chapter endorsed Vincent Gray for Mayor, Kwame Brown for Council Chair, Phil Mendelson for Council At-large, Jim Graham for Ward 1, Mary Chey for Ward 3, and Tommy Wells for Ward 6.
At the Oct. 13 Executive Committee meeting, the chapter leadership voted unanimously to endorse all six candidates in the general election Nov. 2. [At right: Jim Dougherty, chapter conservation chair, moderates discussion with mayoral candidate Vincent Grayduring the Sept. 7 forum.]
Oct. 23-24 – DC GreenFestival, at the Washington Convention Center, Mt. Vernon Square, NW
Oct. 27 – Cool DC/Cut Coal Forum at the George Washington University Law School, 2000 H St. NW
Oct. 30 – Sustainable East of the River Communities Forum/Workshop at The Arc, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE
Nov. 10 – DC Chapter ExComm Meeting at Harriet’s, 436 11th St. NW
For details on these and other Chapter events and activities, check out the DC Chapter calendar:
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