EcoAction Arlington March 2024 newsletter

Celebrating Women's History Month

This March, we celebrate Women's History Month by spotlighting women leading the charge in environmental justice and conservation, with a focus on DEI. Join us on social media and our website as we share stories of these remarkable women from diverse backgrounds who are making strides towards a sustainable and inclusive future. Their work is vital in addressing environmental challenges and pushing for more inclusivity in the movement. Let's honor their contributions and learn from their journeys as we strive for an equitable, eco-conscious world.

Tree Ambassadors Needed

We are hiring seasonal, part-time Tree Equity Community Outreach Ambassadors. Training provided; no experience needed.

Please visit our website for more details on the position and how to apply.

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Come Discuss Climate Priorities with County Board Member Takis Karantonis

March 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Tomorrow! Join the R4 Action Group and Advocacy Committee for a virtual discussion on climate priorities and advocacy opportunities with county board member, Takis Karantonis, and learn how you can become a climate advocate with EcoAction Arlington. Free. Registration required for the Zoom link.


Plot Against Hunger's Spring Garden Kickoff

March 9 at 10 a.m.

The Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture (FOUA)/Plot Against Hunger Annual Spring Garden Kickoff at Arlington Central Library will feature panel discussions, speakers on gardens and food pantries, seed and seedling giveaways, garden tips, and much more! More information and registration on their website.


46th Annual Meeting

March 13 from 6:30-9 p.m.

The 46th Annual Meeting of EcoAction Arlington will celebrate protecting our waterways with a featured presentation: We All Live Upstream, an overview of EcoAction Arlington programming for 2024, and the election of our board of directors. All EcoAction Arlington members are eligible to vote. Light refreshments will be served, with exhibits from local organizations. Free. Registration requested; see website for more information.

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Movie Screening

March 17 from 1-3 p.m.

In honor of Women's History Month, join us at the Mason Square Van Metre Hall Auditorium for a screening of the documentary, Forest Her: The Next Wave of Conservation, followed by a panel discussion with the film producer/director, Cheryle Franceschi; the forester featured in the film: Melody Starya Mobley, former EcoAction Arlington board member; and Leah Nichols, PhD, Executive Director of George Mason University’s Institute for a Sustainable Earth. $15 fee. Registration required. More details and registration on our website.


Causes and Cocktails

March 19 from 5:30-7 p.m.

We’re excited to be a part of Volunteer Arlington’s Causes & Cocktails event on March 19 at Water Bar, 1601 Crystal Dr. This event is for young professionals who want to connect with one another and causes they can impact. The cause of this event is environmental sustainability. Elenor Hodges, EcoAction Arlington Executive Director, will be a featured speaker. To learn more and register for this free event, please visit Volunteer Arlington’s website.


Build Your Own Rain Barrel

March 19 at 6:30 p.m.

A partnership program with EcoAction Arlington, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District and Arlington County offers build-your-own rain barrel workshops and low-cost rain barrel sales. The next workshop will take place at Barcroft Elementary School, 625 Wakefield St. You will learn how to install and maintain a rain barrel and take one home. The fee per barrel is $55 for build-your-own workshops, $80 per barrel for pre-made. Registration is required.


Annual Earth Month Cleanup

April 13 at 10 a.m.

Join us at Jennie Dean Park to clean up litter along Four Mile Run, S Arlington Mill Dr, and throughout the park! It's the perfect way to honor Earth Month. Free. Registration required. Find details and registration on our website.


Sixth Annual EcoExtravaganza

April 25 from 6:30-9 p.m.

Join us at Clare & Don’s Beach Shack in Falls Church to wrap up Earth Month with a celebration of our work conserving and protecting waterways and building a more sustainable Arlington community. Get your tickets today!

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Senior Experience Internship Opportunity

High school seniors can apply for an internship with EcoAction Arlington.

  • 30 hours per week, lasting 3-4 weeks
  • Flexible schedule between May and June 2024
  • Stipend for transportation available

Apply with a cover letter and resume to Ting Waymouth, Program Manager at

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Hosts Needed for June 2 Arlington Green Home and Garden Tour!

Have you added green features to your apartment or condo or incorporated sustainable practices into your garden?

We are looking for Green Home and Garden Tour hosts for Sunday, June 2. Interested in hosting your home or garden? Do you know someone whose home or garden would be a great fit? Help provide ideas and inspiration to help build a greener Arlington community!

Reach out to find out more about hosting your home or garden.

Learn more about the Arlington Green Home and Garden Tour

Engaging Our Community in Caring for Our Environment

At The Feel the Heritage Festival

Barbara Fillip, Energy Masters and EcoAction Arlington volunteer, and Ting Waymouth, Program Manager, hold up a demo tool that displays the differences in energy usage between incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, and LED bulbs at the Feel the Heritage Festival, Saturday, February 24 at Charles Drew Community Center in the Green Valley neighborhood. Jasmine, EcoAction Arlington volunteer, happily educated attendees about the Energy Masters program, home energy efficiency, and how to live more sustainably. The Feel the Heritage Festival is sponsored by the Arlington County Dept. of Parks and Recreation and organized with a dedicated group of community volunteers.

February 7 Marymount Service Day

The cleanup was in conjunction with Marymount University's Ethics in the Environment week. Marymount students came by the Lodge and met up with professors Julia Doto and Gwendolyn Francavillo who coordinated the event in partnership with EcoAction Arlington. Students went out into the community to pick up trash and help beautify their surroundings. Students were surprised by the number of cigarette butts they found, and we were all shocked by how bad the cigarette trash smelled as we consolidated the garbage. Students were able to make an impact in their free time between classes, and it was a pleasure to facilitate another great local event.

We Can Facilitate Your Group Service Project

Whether you are a group of friends, a nonprofit, or a for-profit business, EcoAction Arlington offers group volunteer opportunities for service work including invasive plant removal, storm drain marking, stream cleanups, tree canvassing, and roadway trash cleanups. EcoAction Arlington Service Projects help drive our mission to create a sustainable community by improving our natural environment, encouraging environmentally friendly behaviors, ensuring environmental justice, and addressing the climate crisis. We facilitate your group’s service project so your volunteers can focus on what matters: connecting with nature and each other while improving the local community. We have limited availability, but can work with you to find a date in the upcoming months. Visit our website for more information.

How Do You #TakeEcoActionArlington?

We'd love for you to share how you #TakeEcoActionArlington. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and use the #TakeEcoActionArlington hashtag for a chance to be featured in our next newsletter! You may also send photos with 2-3 sentences on "Why I Volunteer" or "How I take EcoAction" to

Monthly Sustainability Tip

Rain barrels conserve water and provide free water for use in your landscape. Collecting water in rain barrels reduces the amount of stormwater runoff that flows from your property. It also reduces the amount of sediment and other pollutants that would be washed away with the runoff into nearby storm drains and local streams. According to the EPA, rain barrels save on average 1,300 gallons of water each year. In Arlington, you can get a credit on your stormwater utility fee for new or existing rain barrels with at least 100 gallons of storage! Find an upcoming rain barrel workshop or sale.

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