The Week in Green: September 7-14th

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Yes, we’re all lamenting the end of summer. But cooler temperatures bring lots of events from workshops to street festivals to networking happy hours. Let the social season begin.

Tuesday September 8th

Green Drinks

6:30-9:30 at Current (1215 Connecticut Avenue, 202-955-5525). The usual suspects, a green signature cocktail, and a presentation by the authors of a new book on green jobs.

Thursday September 10th

Making Solar Energy Competitive: Swiss and American Perspectives

6 pm lecture followed by reception at the Embassy of Switzerland (2900 Cathedral Ave., NW).  Experts from two leading Swiss solar companies and from America’s premier solar research institution will discuss how technical innovation and manufacturing improvements have the potential to trigger the rapid growth of this renewable energy source. Cohosted by DC Green Connection. RSVP to

Saturday September 12th

Wash Your Hands of Triclosan Drop-Off

10-2 at the Whole Foods on P Street NW. Food & Water Watch will collect unwanted consumer products containing triclosan in hazardous waste bins and will haul them to the Fort Totten Trash Transfer Station for proper disposal. Simultaneously, all Whole Foods Markets in the Washington D.C area will offer an in-store promotion, buy one get one free, on triclosan-free antibacterial products through September 15th.

Sunday September 13th

The Green Pavilion at Adams Morgan Day

12-7 in Adams Morgan (18th Street between Columbia Rd. and Florida Ave.). Food, music, and a new Green Pavilion featuring local green vendors including Clean Currents, Treincarnation, Greater Goods, Skincando, Tranquil Space, the Sierra Club DC, Natural Body Spa & Shoppe, and more.

The Week in Green: August 10-18

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August is the cruelest month. At least in DC, where 95% humidity is the norm. Fret not. We’ve pulled together a few activities that are either indoors or close to H2O so you can avoid turning into human jerky this week.

Tuesday August 11

Green Drinks at Gazuza (1629 Connecticut Ave.), 6:30-9:30. We recommend arriving early so you can hunker down at the indoor bar. In addition to the usual eco-minded mingling, Live Green will be selling their last round of raffle tickets and Dan Morrison, Executive Director of 1Well — an organization that partners socially and environmentally conscious individuals with small but critical projects for a community in need — is the guest speaker.

Thursday August 13

After 5 at the Phillips Collection. This week, enjoy jazz, art, and a “tasting of summer” courtesy of FRESHFARM markets.

All week

No swimming pool in the back yard? Then head to one of the District’s public pools for a free dip. Since this week is expected to be extra toasty, the DPR is extending hours at 13 outdoor swimming pools from 11 am to 9 pm, Mon-Wed. Visit the DC Department of Parks and Recreation for hours and locations.

Green Events in July

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DC in bloom

From a farm-to-table dinner under the stars to eco-friendly polo games, there’s a green event for everyone this month.

Saturday July 11th, 9 pm

Bastille Chic at the Darlington House (1610 20th street NW Washington DC) featuring eco-friendly fashion and art, as well as music by French DJ Sebastien C. Admission is $10; email to get on the guest list.

Saturday July 11th, 6-9

Dinner Under the Stars at Butler’s Orchard. Mosaic Cuisine and Cafe is hosting an outdoor dinner at Butler’s Orchard to “minimize as much as possible our carbon foot print, eat healthy and happy in the best company of friends and cricket’s courting songs.” For more info and reservations contact

Tuesday July 14th

Green Drinks at Public Bar (1214 18th St. NW)

Saturday July 18th, 12 pm to 6 pm

The Green Cup of Polo, the only green certified polo event in the world, will be held at the Capitol Polo Club in Maryland, and will feature:

  • Organic and sustainably harvested food and beverages in the VIP, hospitality tents, and general admission areas
  • Volunteer t-shirts produced from organic cotton, and printed with soy- or vegetable-based ink.
  • Marketing material and the program printed on at least 30 percent post-consumer recycled paper with soy- or vegetable-based ink.
  • Recycling and composting during the event.
  • Biodegradable serviceware.
  • Grandstand cleaning done by an eco-friendly cleaning company, which uses biodegradable and environmentally friendly cleaning products.
  • A showcase of environmental organizations and corporations that promote green living.
  • Reusable VIP bags

This year’s profits will go to support ACORE (American Council On Renewable Energy), EPIC (Equestrian Partners in Conservation), and EarthEcho International.

Monday July 20, 8 pm

Screen on the Green returns to the National Mall. After a huge public outcry, movies under the stars are back. This season kicks off with “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

Tuesday July 21, 5:30 pm

Join DC’s top chefs and mixologists for the In Our Hands Soiree at Policy (1904 14th Street, NW ). The event is organized by Meshelle & Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve and Ellen and Chef Todd Gray of Equinox who have been working with the Humane Society of the U.S to bring attention to the Protect the Seals campaign, and to honor the participants of the Canadian seafood boycott. Proceeds from cocktails sold that evening will be donated to the HSUS, and an oversized petition will be available for guests to sign in an effort to show their support.

Thursday July 23, 5:30

Green Drinks Bethesda at Redwood, 7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, Md.

October Green Events

Break out your datebook, because this month there are all sorts of green events that you won’t want to miss.

First up is Green Drinks on Tuesday Oct 14th at Indebleu (707 G Street, Gallery Place Metro stop) from 6:30 to 9:30. Stop by to mingle with other progressive green movers and shakers while getting your drink on. The green gang will be be downstairs in the Tantra Lounge.

Green Community opens at the National Building Museum on October 23. The exhibition explores the process of creating and sustaining healthy communities and how communities large and small are changing their global impact. This is the third in the NBM’s series of exhibitions that focus on sustainability in architecture, planning, and design.

On Tuesday October 28, EcoTuesday, which was originally founded in San Francisco, will come to DC. This monthly networking event brings together sustainable minded people from all areas of business. Along with mingling, there will be 2 for 1 drink specials and a speaker, John Friedman of the Sustainable Business Network. The event will be held from 6 to 8pm at Tabaq Lounge (near the U street/Cardozo Metro Station). RSVP here.

The Week in Green: August 08, 2008

This blog was created as an online destination for DC locals or those traveling to our fabulous city to find out about local green businesses, projects, tips, services, products, and events. The cool thing is that since I started writing in January, I’ve noticed a substantial increase in items worth covering. So much so, that I’ve decided to launch “The Week in Green,” a round-up of all the juicy green tidbits that I don’t want you to miss each week.



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The Week in Green: 8-08-08 to 8-16-08

  • Green Drinks

When: Tuesday August 12

Where: Ulah Bistro, 1214 U Street, NW, DC

When: 6:30-9/10

Featured in a recent issue of Daily Candy, this locally owned cleaning company uses natural products such as concentrated sage, lavender essential oils, and vinegar to keep the dust bunnies at bay. They even offer custom aromatherapy made from select essential oils designed to enhance your mood naturally. Green and Clean, take me away….

The team behind Mendocino and Sonoma have opened Redwood restaurant in the new Bethesda Row pedestrian mall. The 7,500-square-foot restaurant features modern American cuisine that emphasizes local and organic produce, wild and sustainable seafood, and ingredients from local artisanal cheesemakers, growers, ranchers, and fishermen. Reservations are difficult to come by; even Post food critic Tom Siestsema couldn’t score a table in the main dining room on his first visit. Check out an “early look” and a sample menu to whet your appetite until the hordes die down.