Union Station Hosts Earth Month

Cherry Blossoms in front of Union Station
Union Station Celebrates Earth Month

Union Station is hosting Earth Month 2013, scheduled for April 1 through April 30. Presented by Earth Day Network and the Premier Tourist and Landmark Association, the month-long event will feature interactive, eco-friendly experiences throughout Union Station designed to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage sustainability.

“Our commitment to the environment must extend far beyond one day,” said Kathleen Rogers, president  of Earth Day Network. “That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with Union Station to devote an entire month  to sustainability and green responsibility. Hosting the series of events over the entire month in one of the  most iconic venues in our nation’s capital allows us to engage more exhibitors and educate more people.”

Earth Month 2013 represents a significant expansion of prior Earth Day festivities held annually on Washington’s National Mall. In addition to the scheduled events, exhibitors from across the country will be on hand to highlight their own green initiatives, programs and events.  Most events are free and open to the public. Here’s the schedule:

April 1-14 – Cherry Blossom Festival Events
April 1 – Opening of the NASA Hyperwall and Image Gallery
April 6 – STEM Fair for DC Students, Grades 6 – 12, NASA Astronaut Visits
April 15–23 – Verizon Wireless Earth Fair – East Hall
April 17 – District Department Of Environment Fair – East Hall
April 17 – 18 – Earth Month Film Festival – Columbus Club (see film schedule below)
April 18 – District Department Of Environment Fashion Show – East Hall
April 22 – NASA Earth image gallery Exhibit and hands-on demos – Main Hall
April 19 and 22 – Farmers Market – West Carriage Porch
April 22 – Earth Day! Earth Day Network Events and Entertainment – Main Hall and East Hall
April 23 – Amtrak Sustainability Fair – East Hall


Earth Week Events Recap

Last week was a whirlwind of wonderful events that brought together people of all backgrounds and interests, united by a common cause: Do right by planet Earth. Here’s looking back at the week that was:

Image courtesy of 8 Boxwood Lane Pictures

Eco-Chic: Night of Stars and Rising Stars

Held at the Corcoran and co-hosted by the Corcoran and the Fashion Group of Washington, DC, the event celebrated eco-chic design, beauty, fashion, art, and architecture with live models, delicious food, and an awards ceremony emceed by Wendy Rieger. Hometown eco-preneurs Kimberly Wilson of TranquiliT and Debra Claire of Perfect Organics took home “rising star” awards.

WeatherizeDC Earth Day Fundraiser

On Thursday, WeatherizeDC held a fundraiser on the deck at Local 16. More than 200 people turned out for the event, which raised $7,000 and is enough to weatherize three homes in low-income local neighborhoods.

Material World: Green is the New Black

On Saturday at the Corcoran, a panel of leading designers from the worlds of fashion and interiors shared their personal experiences, exploring the green movement’s influence on their work. The panel was moderated by Rachel Cothran of Project Beltway.

Image courtesy of Twilight Earth

The Climate Rally
Thousands descended on the National Mall for the Climate Rally on Sunday, which included performances by the Roots and Sting, as well as appearances by James Cameron Reverend Jesse Jackson, Trudie Styler, Margaret Atwood, and many more. One of my green pals, Adam Shake of Twilight Earth captured some great video footage.

Relax and Give Back for Earth Day

Feeling stressed out about how to celebrate Earth Day? Nusta Spa has a relaxing solution. Between April 18-24, the country’s first LEED certified spa will donate 10% of all proceeds from spa services and retail sales to Rainforest Alliance, an international non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of tropical forests throughout the world.

Founder Elizabeth Snowdon opened the spa in May, 2004 after a trip to the Inca city of Machu Picchu. It was in Peru where she found the inspiration to build a luxury “natural” day spa that would honor the principles of environmental responsibility while still catering to Washington’s downtown clientele.

“I was always under the impression that ‘going green’ meant sacrificing the luxuries that we expect at day spas, but after learning more about sustainable building practices, I realized that I could create a warm, healthy environment that still felt luxurious,” says Snowdon.

With the help of a DC architect and sustainable building experts, Snowdon realized her vision with an eco-spa that incorporates virtually all environmentally-friendly materials, including Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood flooring, Energy Star appliances, LED efficient lightening, and more. Nusta even carries its own organic skincare line that is free of allergens and unnatural chemicals.

Earth Day Events Galore

From dining on local food and organic wine to cleaning up the Anacostia to the Climate Rally on the Mall, there’s something for everyone this week to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day on Thursday.

Here are a few more excellent sources for all that’s green and happening this week.

The Natural Capital offers their top picks for celebrating Earth Day with a focus on outdoor activities.

Donna Childress over at We Love DC has pulled together a nearly exhaustive list of Earth Day activities from Green Drinks to the Sweetlife Festival to several green film screenings.

Did we miss something? Feel free to add in the “comments” section.

Eco-Chic Fashion at the Corcoran

Who says fashion can’t be earth friendly? On Wednesday April 21 (the day before Earth Day, in case you forgot!), The Fashion Group International and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran College of Art + Design will host “Eco Chic: Night of Stars and Rising Stars.”

The evening will recognize pioneers of the Eco Chic movement for their ecological and ethical design in fashion, art, beauty, architecture, and interior design.

Local rising star nominees include Nusta Spa, TranquiliT, Perfect Organics, and Skincando.

The cocktail reception will feature a fashion presentation that includes London Fashion Week “Eco Designer of the Year” winner, Jeff Garner of Prophetik , acclaimed designer Monique Péan, as well as rising star nominees Calamarie, Alberto Parada, and TranquiliT.

After the reception, guests will enjoy the Eco Chic awards ceremony emceed by NBC4 news anchor Wendy Rieger.

And what’s a swanky event without an equally swanky goody bag? The one at this event will be filled with eco-themed products supplied by the sponsors and members of The Fashion Group

Tickets: FGI and Corcoran Members $120. Non-members $150.