Event: Pepco’s Appliance Swap

Fridge on the fritz? Air conditioner gone AWOL? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade. Bring your old, inefficient, energy-sucking appliance to Pepco’s 2010 D.C. Appliance Swap on Saturday 7/24 from 10 am to 2 pm at The Home Depot at 901 Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast DC.

At the event, you can drop off appliances for recycling at no charge and pick up applications for rebates on certain ENERGY STAR qualified appliances.

During the event, Pepco will also announce the winners of its $5,000 ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Sweepstakes. Five D.C. customers will receive $1,000 gift cards to The Home Depot to be put towards the purchase of new, more efficient appliances.

The event will also feature live entertainment, refreshments, interactive displays on energy conservation, and family-friendly activities. Several D.C. government agencies, including the D.C. Department of the Environment, the District Public Service Commission, and the D.C. Office of People’s Counsel also will be on-hand.

The Eco-Forum Comes to DC

Tired of “Green Networking Events” that are more about socializing and job hunting than truly connecting with other eco leaders? So were the folks over at Go Green Expo, so they have started organizing regional networking groups that focus on bringing together executives from the sustainability world in a more intimate setting.

With a focus on building relationships and education, the eco-forum is an opportunity for innovative thought leaders, business entrepreneurs, and senior executives from all disciplines in the green space to mingle and learn from each other.

The first DC event takes place at Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar on Tuesday July 27th at 6 pm.

Keynote speakers include Christophe Tulou, Director of the District Department of the Environment and Jeff Blankman, Sustainable Manufacturing Manager for McCormick & Company.

Complimentary gourmet and organic passed hors d’oeuvres will be served for all three hours, along with organic signature cocktails courtesy of Philadelphia Distiller and Parducci organic wine.


Apply to attend today (please put “grassfed media” in the “how did you hear about us field”). Cost is $75 and admission is based on corporate affiliation and is only granted to director and C-Level executives, business owners, CSR executives, sustainability executives, and non-profit leaders.

Eco-Forum Regional Founding Members:

Keith Anderson, Head of the D.C. Energy Office
Christopher O’Brien, Director of the Office of Sustainability for George Washington University
Megan Chapple-Brown, Director of the Office of Sustainability for American University
Christophe Tulou, Director of the District Department of the Environment
Charles Dean Connor, President & CEO, American Lung Association
Sacha Cohen, Principal & Founder, grassfed media llc
Eli Hengst, Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar
Jeff Blankman, Sustainable Manufacturing Manager for McCormick & Company
Jared Rager, Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar

Green Night Out with Van Jones

Get ready to rock the green carpet! On Tuesday July 13th, Green DMV is hosting what will likely be one of the best and most well-attended green events this year, Green Night Out with Van Jones.

The fundraiser, which will raise money to support the fight against poverty and climate change, will be held at Longview Gallery, a stunning, modern gallery space on 9th Street, two blocks from the Convention Center.

The evening will be emceed by NBC4’s Wendy Rieger and will also feature special guest Van Jones. Sponsors include Honest Tea, Foster’s Wine, grassfed media, and Peak Organics Beer.

The evening’s passed hors d’oeuvres will include Smoked Salmon Cornucopia with Dilled Crème Fraiche and Spinach and Mushroom Cigars with Romesco Sauce from Restaurant Nora. Trainees from DC Central Kitchen will be preparing all of the food. Beverage choices will include organic wine and beer, assorted Honest Teas, and Fresh Start natural water.

Tickets are selling out fast, so get yours today!

About Green DMV

Green DMV promotes sustainability in low-income communities as a pathway out of poverty. The organization uses a three-point system that focuses on targeted areas of the community including small and disadvantaged businesses, underserved school districts, and community stakeholders.

Events for the Week of June 28th

Stay out of the heat with two fantastic events this week. Both will make you think about the products you buy and their impact on your health and the environment.

Consuming Choices Book Party

WHEN: Tuesday June 29th from 6-8.
WHERE: Busboys and Poets, 2121 14th Street NW (2 blocks from the U Street/Cardoza Metro)

DETAILS: Please join author David Schwartz for a cocktail party celebrating his new book, Consuming Choices.

The book raises questions about consumers and whether we share culpability for unethical and immoral practices associated with the products we purchase. To answer, author David T. Schwartz provides the most detailed philosophical exploration to date on consumer ethics. There will be a cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres. Please RSVP by to sacha@grassfedmediadc.com.

Plastic Pollution Coalition Cocktail Fundraiser

WHEN: Wednesday June 30th from 7-9
WHERE: Muleh, 831 14th Street NW

DETAILS: This cocktail event and fundraiser supports the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a non-profit organization committed to reducing and ultimately eliminating plastic pollution globally.

Single-use plastics in particular and plastics overall are some of the biggest contributors to the current global environmental crisis. Aside from being petroleum-based products, plastics do harm beyond the fossil fuel related issues. 90% of the ocean trash is plastic. Nearly 40% of landfill trash is plastic. Single-use plastics are contributing to the privatization of water. Once created, plastic never biodegrades. The only way of ‘getting rid of it’ is to burn it, which releases toxins into the air.

There are alternatives to plastics – what is needed is the momentum to promote these alternatives and to raise awareness to the crisis.

Donations will be taken at the door or online (Platinum $500, Gold $250, Silver $100, Bronze $50). RSVP by June 28 to rsvp@plasticpollutioncoalition.org or 202.997.8400.

Green June Events

The heat is on for a few excellent green events in June. Here are our picks:

Eco Israel
A delegation of environmental activists and educators from Israel will conduct several interactive workshops to help make your life more green and inform you about environmental challenges facing Israel. Topics include: Israel’s carbon footprint, herb gardening, and green projects for disadvantaged populations. Free Israeli snacks will be provided by Israeli Harvest.

When: Sunday June 6th, 11:30 am
Where: Washington DCJCC, 1529 16th Street NW
RSVP

Green Drinks
This month GreenDrinksDC celebrates its first Go Green–Enroll Now! party. Clean Currents and GreenDrinksDC are teaming up to encourage you to convert to wind power for your home. Just bring your Pepco account number and they can sign you up on the spot.

When: Monday June 7th, 6:30-9:30
Where: 1905 Restaurant, 1905 9th Street NW

Solar Bethesda Expo
Bethesda Green, a local non-profit model for sustainable living practices, is launching its inaugural Solar Bethesda Expo, which will feature solar providers, cooperative purchasers, government and financing specialists, and more. Homeowners and others will have an opportunity to get the latest information about solar-powered technologies, purchasing and investment opportunities, and incentives for home installation.

When: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: 4825 Cordell Avenue, Suite 200, Bethesda

Sustainability Hour
Organized by the Sustainable Business Network (SB NOW), this event is perfect for meeting and networking with individuals representing businesses, non-profits, government agencies, and entrepreneurs who are not only committed to promoting sustainable practices, but also to developing business opportunities and expanding their networks.

When: Monday, June 14, 2010, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Where: Sonoma, 222 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Cost: $10; RSVP and more information

Find out about even more green events from our friends over at GreenListDC.