Celebrating Community Science with Thriving Earth Exchange (Reception & Story Slam), Tues, Dec 11, 6:30-9pm, Grand Central, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
From a grand challenge to a highly successful AGU Centennial program, Thriving Earth Exchange will have 100 community science projects completed by 2019. Join Thriving Earth Exchange for a special annual reception celebrating our community leaders, scientists, and all those working to increase access and equity in science. This year’s reception will feature 3-minute pop-up style talks from community leaders and scientists. Stories will share the inspiration, actions, and outcomes of community science collaborations through personal narrative. Attendees can expect engaging tales of community and science, and the opportunity to meet and engage with like-minded individuals and potential new partners. All are welcome. Prepare to be inspired. RSVP here (note the form includes multiple events, most of which require registration for the AGU conference; this reception, however, is open to all).
Audubon Naturalist Society Conservation Cafe: Protecting Our Health from Environmental Toxins, Tues, Dec 11, 7-8:30pm, Woodend Nature Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Featuring Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, Executive Director of the Maryland Environmental Health Network (MdEHN) based in Baltimore, Maryland. At this special and last Conservation Cafe of 2018, Tamara will speak about the sources of toxins in our environment that impact the health of our most vulnerable communities: from lead in paint and pipes to spills, fumes, and emissions from fossil fuels like natural gas pipelines and processing plants. Tickets ($15) can be bought here.
Film: High Tide in Dorchester, December 13, 6:30 pm, Women’s National Democratic Club. The Sierra Club has forwarded us an invitation to share of a showing of “High Tide in Dorchester”, an impactful film on the impact of climate change, particularly sea level rise, on the residents of a historic Eastern Shore (Maryland) community. It is being shown this Thursday, Dec. 13th, by the filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown, at the Woman’s National Democratic Club in DC. Cost is $25 for non-members. RSVP at democraticwoman.org.
No Green Neighbors DC (GNDC) Monthly Meeting! Next one is probably January 14, 2019
One of the biggest barriers to donating food is transportation. Community Plates, a national food rescue platform, is a FREE food runner app that coordinates volunteers to help transport food that would normally be thrown away (40% of all food ends of in the dump!) from a donor (restaurant, grocery, caterer, farmers market, event, etc.) to a place that feeds people in need. Community Plates has an app in DC, so you can do it in your spare time!
Community Plates is looking for volunteers, food donors, receiving organizations, and anyone who wants to lend a helping hand. Please email Kate Urbank, the DC Site Director, at email@example.com with any ideas or questions and sign up at communityplates.org to volunteer or receive more information.
Community Compost Cooperative Network. The DC Department of Parks and Recreation Community Compost Cooperative Network uses new critter proof and smell proof compost bins designed by Urban Farm Plans to allow trained community members to compost food scraps with garden waste from DPR and partner DPR gardens to responsibly create high quality compost. To join each member must take an hour training and help process compost 1-hour a month. For more information and a map of the 50 DC sites follow this link.
Websites with event calendars
Casey Trees – http://caseytrees.org/events
Common Good City Farm workshops – http://commongoodcityfarm.org/programs/seedtotable
Smithsonian Gardens presents “Let’s Talk Gardens” – http://www.gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/lets-talk-gardens.html
US Botanic Gardens – https://www.usbg.gov/programs-and-events