GNDC is plunging into the Potomac during the CCAN Polar Bear Plunge! January 26th, National Harbor. The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) every year holds the Polar Bear Plunge into the icy (usually) Potomac. And each year we gather folks to plunge in to raise money for CCAN – and for GNDC. Come join us and raise money for the cause through this cold, cold challenge, or if you don’t want to dive in, you can come cheer us on! There’ll be speakers at the rally beforehand.
If you are more on the “I’m going to stay home and warm, but I want to help,” page, here is our fundraising page for the event: https://www.keepwintercold.org/team/GreenNeighborsDC.
GNDC Guest Speaker: Stella Tarney, Biophilic DC, February 25th, 7 pm, Petworth Library Meeting Room, 4200 Kansas Avenue.
Stella will speak about naturalists and other lovers of wildlife in the DC region, how you can learn more about your local possums, etc., and opportunities for citizen science. This will be prefaced by a short GNDC meeting from 6:30-7:00, which everyone is welcome to join. Come help us brainstorm activities for 2019!
DC’s First Food Runner Program, Community Plates!
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. http://dpr.dc.gov/service/community-compost-cooperative-network.
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