EcoAction Arlington April 2024 Newsletter

April 22 is Earth Day! EcoAction Arlington is celebrating the whole month. Our Earth Month Challenge is underway to raise funds so that every day in Arlington can be Earth Day. You will find us at several events throughout the county, please stop by to say hi and enjoy the festivities! Come to our annual Earth Month Cleanup on April 13; and get your tickets now to celebrate with us on April 25 at our sixth annual EcoExtravaganza!

Contribute

Contribute to the Earth Month Challenge to support EcoAction Arlington. Every dollar raised during April from our sponsors, our 6th Annual EcoExtravaganza celebration and from individual donors like YOU goes toward our overall goal to raise $100,000. Your contribution to our Earth Month Challenge between April 1-30 will enable EcoAction Arlington to forward our mission. Your support today helps us continue programs like our Annual Earth Month Cleanup.

Donate

Clean Up

Volunteer at our annual Earth Month Cleanup at Jennie Dean Park on April 13 at 10 a.m. We will clean up along Four Mile Run, S. Arlington Mill Dr, and throughout the park to help prevent litter from getting into our waterways! It's the perfect way to honor Earth Month. Free. Family-friendly. Registration required. Find details and registration on our website.

Register

Celebrate

Celebrate with us at Clare & Don’s Beach Shack on April 25 for our Sixth Annual EcoExtravaganza from 6:30-9:00 p.m. We'll 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!

Purchase Tickets

For sponsorship information contact Heather Jeff at heather@ecoactionarlington.org

Engaging Our Community in Caring for Our Environment --

46th Annual Meeting


Thank you to everyone who attended the EcoAction Arlington Annual Meeting on March 13. Your presence and enthusiasm made the event a remarkable success. A big thank you to our amazing volunteers without whom this event would not have been possible! We hope you enjoyed the program and exhibitors. The speakers, Potomac Riverkeeper's Nancy Stoner and Defensores de la Cuenca's Executive Director Abel Olivo, expertise and insights propelled our conversations toward actionable environmental solutions. Together, we are making strides towards a more sustainable community.

Forest Her Panel

Click above to watch a tribute in song to Melody Starya Mobley

Forest Her Movie Screening


On March 17, EcoAction Arlington screened the documentary "Forest Her" at Mason Square Van Metre Hall Auditorium, GMU. "Forest Her" is an exploration of the historical roles of women in scientific forest management. A panel discussion followed the screening with Cheryle Franceschi, film producer/director; Melody Starya Mobley, forester and former EcoAction Arlington Board member; and Leah Nichols, PhD, Executive Director of George Mason University’s Institute for a Sustainable Earth and moderated by EJ Scott, Chair of the Virginia NAACP Economic Development and Justice Committee. Delegate Richard C. (Rip) Sullivan Jr. (D, 6th district) and Tania Munz, President and CEO of the Forest History Society provided opening remarks. Thank you to all who attended and volunteered!

Energy Masters Work Day at Sibert House on March 16



Sibert House is a housing project in the PathForward portfolio. EcoAction Arlington and Energy Masters is proud to partner with PathForward whose mission is to transform lives by delivering housing solutions and pathways to stability. Thank you to Doug, Balaji, Sue, Latanja, Jerry, Katherine and all the senior Energy Masters who provided incredible leadership and guidance during the workday.

Storm Drain Marking Service Project


On March 16, EcoAction Arlington with American Conservation Coalition marked 205 storm drains in the Courthouse neighborhood.

Senior Experience Internship Opportunity


High school seniors can apply for an internship with EcoAction Arlington. Applications will be considered in the order received.

  • 30 hours per week for 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 ting@ecoactionarlington.org.


More information on our website.

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The 2024 Green Community Tour & Celebration is June 2!

Each year, the Green Home and Garden Tour showcases green homes, green renovations, and watershed-friendly gardens in Arlington. Features include energy efficient technologies, solar energy, water-saving technologies, rain gardens, native plants, wildlife habitat and more. The tour is sponsored by Arlington County’s Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management, 

EcoAction Arlington and Virginia Cooperative Extension.


Interested in hosting your home or garden? Do you know someone whose home or garden would be a great fit? We are currently seeking site hosts. If interested, email Lily Whitesell at the Arlington County Parks Department.


Learn more about the Arlington Green Home and Garden Tour

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Healthy Homes Fair

April 6 | 1-5 p.m.



The Healthy Homes Fair is a free expo and interactive experience for homeowners, renters, home renovation professionals and career seekers to learn about the products and services needed to improve our health, increase comfort, and reduce emissions from the homes of the DC Region. Free. DC Armory, Washington D.C.


More information and registration at healthyhomesfair.org

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Reducing Your Environmental Footprint

April 8 | 6-7 p.m.



EcoAction Arlington will share tips and resources for reducing your environmental footprint. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to share their own green tips. Free. 18+. Central Library, 1015 N Quincy Street. RSVP. Attendance is first-come, first-served.


More information available on the library's website.

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Earth Fest

April 13 | 3-5 p.m.


The annual EarthFest at Arlington Mill Community Center will have a variety of activities and projects to inspire all of us to live a little greener. Free. All ages.


Registration recommended.

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ALX Dog Walk-Sustainability Festival

April 20 | 7-11 a.m.


Energy Masters will be at the festival in Old Town Alexandria. Each registered walker will receive a goodie bag packed with sustainable items. The event includes a Sustainability Festival, new this year, the first of its kind in the area, promoting sustainable living and shedding light on the critical issue of plastic pollution.


More information

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Earth Day Every Day on Langston Boulevard

April 21 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


A community celebration of our local environment and the planet. Enjoy vendors, kids' activities, an art market, and environmental booths. Visit EcoAction Arlington at the Art Truck and stop by our table. Free. All Ages.


More information

Art Truck: Climate Hope

April-May

Contribute to a community art project by writing a poem, pledge, or illustration on climate change directly on a cotton sari from Monica Jahan Bose's ancestral village. EcoAction Arlington is a community partner for this project with guest partners Climate4Change. Free. All Ages. No registration required.


More information

Bike to Work Day is May 17

Bike To Work Day is Friday, May 17

Get geared up to hop on a bike and ride with us this Bike to Work Day (BTWD), whether you’re working at home or commuting to the office. Join people all over the region in celebrating this fun, healthy, and sustainable activity. EcoAction Arlington will be at one of the pitstops with information and inspiration - stay tuned for details.


Sign up and More information.

Monthly Sustainability Tip

These are you're last days to see Stumpy, the infamous cherry blossom tree in the Tidal Basin. The National Park Service announced that more than 150 cherry blossom trees, including Stumpy, will be cut down as part of a multiyear rehabilitiation project to rebuild and raise the seawalls around the Tidal Basin. The trees face climate-crisis threats: rising sea levels and warming temperatures are negatively impacting the cherry blossom trees. The trees roots are flooded with brackish water twice a day, every day during high tide. Cherry blossom trees are meant to grow on dry land and require fresh water. Salt in the soil can kill them. To help sustain the cherry blossom trees, you can become a Cherry Blossom Protector: do not pick the blooms or branches and don't climb on the trees. Mike Litterst, a spokesperson for the National Park Service, reminds us that if you see someone breaking off a branch or climbing a tree, offering them a “gentle reminder” about caring for the trees is never a bad thing.

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