Upcoming Events

Monday, October 3, 2016

Nature, Joy and the 21st Century City

You are cordially invited to join us on October 3rd for a very special discussion on Nature, Joy and the 21st Century City, hosted by NYU and Ecologic Institute.

We are very excited that we have been able to bring such as diverse panel together for an evening on arts and the environment with Michael McCarthy, three-time Environment Journalist of the Year in the UK and author of The Moth Snowstorm (copies will be on sale at the event, courtesy of the publisher New York Review Books), with special guests Jann Rosen-Queralt, artist and art instructor at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); and Dr. Sabine O’Hara, Dean of CAUSES (College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences) at University of the District of Columbia. My colleague Brendan O’Donnell will moderate the evening.

Celebrated British environment journalist Michael McCarthy’s newest work is an elegiac post-mortem of nature in our urban way of life. But The Moth Snowstorm does more than mourn the vanishing flora and fauna from the collective social consciousness; this personal tale also raises the specter that with the loss of nature, we risk losing our connection to joy.

As world populations flock to cities in unprecedented numbers, our recognition and remembrance of nature decline. How can an urbanizing world reconnect with its natural roots and retain the sense of joy and wonder at the heart of the human experience?

The event starts at 6:30 and will be followed by a light reception.

More on the event: http://bit.ly/MiMcCinDC

There will be a livestream in case you can’t join us that evening.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Clean Power Plan Goes to Court

Join the Bipartisan Policy Center on October 4 for a panel discussion inviting legal experts to unpack the arguments presented to the circuit court and to read the tea leaves on the judges’ questions and reactions.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Improving the Economics of Nuclear Power: Lessons Learned from the Korean Experience

The Global America Business Institute (GABI) and the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEIA) cordially invite you to a Capitol Hill briefing on nuclear energy economics and international lessons learned, with a focus on Korea’s experience with nuclear power.

A growing number of nuclear power plants throughout the United States face the prospect of premature shutdown and decommissioning, leading many to dismiss nuclear power as expensive and economically uncompetitive. However, many of the recent reactor shutdowns in the U.S. have been the result of market failures in deregulated electricity markets, and the rising costs of nuclear in the U.S. have largely been attributable to an uncertain regulatory environment, a failure to maximize on fixed costs, and other factors. Other countries’ experiences with nuclear power–such as that of South Korea, which reduced the costs of nuclear-generated electricity over a span of several decades–corroborate that nuclear is not inherently cost-prohibitive.

Lunch will be served. The briefing will feature an overview on the fundamentals of nuclear power economics, the history of Korean civil nuclear development, and Korea’s achievements in lowering nuclear costs and its emergence as a global nuclear vendor.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Feel the Burn of Neighborhood Sun

Do you want to be part of the solar revolution but can’t or won’t put panels on your roof? Thanks to a new program in Maryland, practically everyone will soon have the option of signing up for solar power without having to install any equipment. Local environmental advocate and entrepreneur, Gary Skulnik will give a presentation on our state’s new community solar program and how you can participate. He’ll explain the program’s rules, what you should expect in new projects, and the practical impacts to you as a consumer and community organization.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

USAID Adaptation Community Meeting: Does Climate Change Need Behavior Change?

Join USAID’s Adaptation Community Meeting for a discussion on behavioral approaches to building community resilience to climate change with Kevin Green, Senior Manager of Behavioral and Social Science at Rare.

Social resilience increases a community’s ability to organize and respond to climate-related threats. Rare has trained local leaders in more than 50 countries to design and execute sophisticated behavior change “Pride” campaigns that inspire communities to change the way they interact with nature.

Drawing from examples of Rare’s current work with small-scale fishing and farming communities in Latin America, Asia and Africa, this presentation will explore emerging efforts to apply the best insights from the behavioral sciences to collective action problems like natural resource management and climate adaptation. Specifically, it will consider how behavioral approaches like Rare’s can build social resilience, help communities adapt to climate change, and connect the dots between community engagement and national policy.  Rare will highlight how two Pride campaigns – in the coastal town of Pilar, Cebu (during and after 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan) and in the San Vicente de Chucuri municipality of Colombia (before and after a landslide that destroyed more than 70% of the cocoa-producing properties upstream) -transformed the local communities into willing stewards of their marine and freshwater resources and helped them to adapt to a changing climate’s threatening impacts.  Such adaptation and resilience building, done in collaboration with local democratic governance has generated demonstrable evidence of changes at the subnational and national levels.
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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Co-designing Our Regenerative Future: Unconference on Agriculture & Beyond

The DC region has all the ingredients needed to take a regenerative future from demonstration to scale. The powerful mix of technical know-how, policy expertise, entrepreneurial creativity, and political and financial levers are all here. This one-day, open-space conference is a chance set a path to make it so. But “We” need You.

On this day we come together to answer: “How can we best combine our knowledge, skills, and activities across sectors to kick start a Regenerative Future?”

A regenerative future requires contributions from many sectors, interests, and skills. One of this opportunities at this unconference is to strengthen this social network.

A wide variety of sectors will be represented, and below is only a partial list of the topics that will be covered. Anyone looking to contribute their ideas and energies to our collaboration is welcomed!

  • Environmentalism
  • Farming, fishing, forestry 
  • Investing, banking, philanthropy
  • Finance and funding, carbon markets, natural capital
  • Grocery stores and farmers markets
  • Restaurants
  • Policy making/analysis
  • Environmental justice/compassionate farming
  • Technology, innovation, data management
  • R&D
  • Communication and storytelling
  • Community organizing
  • Retail, manufacturing, supply, transport

Anyone from NGOs, non-profits, for-profits, local/regional/federal government, academia (students and faculty), or any other groups or companies is welcomed.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

CitiesAlive: 14th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference

Rising to the “Stormwater” Challenge!

Description: CitiesAlive, the North American green roof and wall industry conference, is taking place in Washington DC from November 1st to 4th, 2016.  The conference features presentations on research, design and policy; a trade show with 60+ exhibitors; professional development courses and tours of high-performance green infrastructure projects.  The focus of this conference is stormwater management technology, policy, research and best practices in Washington DC.


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Thursday, November 3, 2016

First International Conference on Building Human Resilience for Climate Change

The many acute traumas and chronic toxic stresses generated by climate change are generating rising levels of severe anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicides, and other mental health problems in the U.S. and globally. They are also causing increased hopelessness, helplessness, and other spiritual problems. And, they are producing a boatload of psychosocial maladies including crime, interpersonal aggression, violence, and more.

These harmful human reactions undermine the health, safety, and material and spiritual wellbeing of individuals, families, organizations, communities, and entire societies. Because dysregulated people exist in a internally-focused self-protective survival mode, the adverse human reactions also threaten to delay or completely scuttle efforts to cut carbon emissions, adapt to warming, and reduce the climate crisis to manageable levels. Left unaddressed, these problems will worsen as global temperatures rise.

Yet, most practitioners focused on climate solutions fail to grasp these risks and remain focused on emission reductions and adapting physical infrastructure and natural resources to warmer temperatures. Most mental health, public health, emergency response, and related professionals remain focused on treating people during or after discrete disasters, and fail to acknowledge the risk that rising global temperatures will overhelm disaster response capacities, while also failing to help people deal with the rising number of economic, social, psycho-emotional, and spiritual toxic stresses directly or indirectly generated by climate change.

Research and experience shows, however, that preventative personal and psychosocial resilience building initiatives can minimize adverse human reactions to shocks and toxic stresses such as those generated by climate change, and help resolve them when they do occur. Equally important is that people can learn how use climate adversities as transformational catalysts to engage in activities that enhance the wellbeing of others, the natural environment, and themselves.

Despite these benefits, comprehensive preventative personal and psychosocial resilience building initiatives are missing from the U.S. and global response to climate change. These initiatives can expand knowledge, teach skills, and enact policies to help individuals, organizations, and communities learn how to constructively cope with climate change-enhanced adversities and use them as transformational catalysts to learn, grow, and thrive. This conference is the first to focus exclusively on these critical issues.

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