Residents want better Anacostia Park signage, paddle boats, and safer neighborhoods: Results of Voice of the People Sept. 29

Residents want better Anacostia Park signage, paddle boats, and safer neighborhoods: Results of Voice of the People Sept. 29

Art All Night Congress Heights was a blast! Michael Bochynski with Clean Water Action and Art Slater with Anacostia Coordinating Council talked with attendees about the future of the Anacostia River Corridor, sustainability, and more.

The verdict? Less violence, paddle boats in the river, and better signage in Anacostia Park were among the recommendations.

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What are your ideas to improve the Anacostia River corridor? Tell us at Art All Night Congress Heights, Sat., Sept. 29

What are your ideas to improve the Anacostia River corridor? Tell us at Art All Night Congress Heights, Sat., Sept. 29

When you step into APACC’s booth at Art All Night in Congress Heights September 29, you’ll have the chance to help design the future of the Anacostia Corridor—the Anacostia River, Anacostia Park, and neighborhoods closest to the park and river—on CORRIDORscape. You’ll also have the chance to learn about easily implemented sustainable practices. And get treats!

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Sharing power has individual and community benefits

Sharing power has individual and community benefits

On average, the poorest 20 percent pay the most for electricity — that’s 10 percent of total household income. Community power and community storage will transform access to affordable clean energy for low-income households if we deploy equitable project finance models that scale with the market instead of depending on subsidies. (GreenBiz)

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See you at Ward 7 Day Saturday, September 8

See you at Ward 7 Day Saturday, September 8

APACC is joining members Ward 7 Business Partnership and Washington Parks & People at the annual Ward 7 Day celebration Saturday, September 8 from Noon to 6:00 pm. This year, the event takes place at Marvin Gaye Park (5200 Foote St, NE).

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#letsgetcivic August 4 at CivicFest

#letsgetcivic August 4 at CivicFest

APACC member Washington Parks & People and co-sponsors DC Tutoring & Mentoring Initiative and DJ Aphrosoul Lukumi are gathering DC area nonprofits and lots of interested people Saturday, August 4 for CivicFest 2018—a fun-, music-, art-, and action-filled day—with the ultimate purpose of creating a movement to take back DC from violence, poorly performing schools, crazy weather, and unequal access to basic services.

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Why you should comment on the Sustainable DC 2.0 Plan by July 15

Why you should comment on the Sustainable DC 2.0 Plan by July 15

The DC Department of Energy and Environment has released a new Sustainable DC 2.0 Plan, and they are asking for your comments.  Why should you care about Sustainable DC? Bradford Everette from DOEE came and talked to APACC at our last meeting. He said that "sustainability" doesn't just mean buying "green" products and planting trees -- "sustainability" means "survival." Being sustainable means having a healthy home, healthy food, and healthy neighborhood that help you live a happy and long life. 

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"Honor the Anacostia" - Summary of the 100 Resilient Cities Phase 2 Working Group Kickoff

"Honor the Anacostia" - Summary of the 100 Resilient Cities Phase 2 Working Group Kickoff

I recently attended the “Phase 2 Kickoff” of DC’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative. There were about 100 people in the room from all kinds of District agencies and non-profit organizations who are concerned about DC’s future. About 20 of them were there to talk specifically about the Anacostia River.

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Gardeners: modify your practices to accommodate climate change

If you have a vegetable garden, it's important to factor in climate change in addition to the traditional concerns about planting times, water schedules, and what you will plant.

So says University of Maryland professor of biology and entomology Sara Via in How to plant a climate-smart garden — Step one: Expect spring to come earlier, on average.

Said Via:

In the northeast of Maryland, we’re having an earlier spring and a later fall, so we have a longer growing season. . .
Warmer nights, we know, can prevent some plants from flowering, like peppers and lima beans. And hot days can prevent successful pollination in tomatoes and sweet corn, and so you get tomatoes that are sort of concave because they don’t have seeds. And sweet corn, you don’t get enough kernels on the ear.

Head on over to the Yale Climate Connections article to listen to the interview and look at additional information.

 

Explore the Anacostia Watershed in this Interactive Online Exhibit!

Explore the Anacostia Watershed in this Interactive Online Exhibit!

Krista Schlyer, a multimedia journalist and artist who has been working on the Anacostia River for a long time, has launched a new online interactive exhibit about the Anacostia Watershed. An additional 8 episodes will be released once per week! 

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Building Prosperity in East of the River through Community Solar

Building Prosperity in East of the River through Community Solar

By nearly every metric, the educational, income, housing, and environmental progress that have redefined Washington stops at the banks of the Anacostia River. With several million square feet of new residential and commercial construction is scheduled to come to Wards 7 and 8 over the next five years, the District currently has a unique window of opportunity to address the housing and energy cost challenges East of the River.

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Join the Policy Advisory Council for DOEE's Weatherization Assistance Program

Join the Policy Advisory Council for DOEE's Weatherization Assistance Program

DOEE's Weatherization Assistance Program provides services to low-income households including insulation, duct sealing, heating and cooling systems repairs or replacement, air infiltration mitigation; and reducing electric base load consumption through measures such as energy efficient lighting and  appliances.The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) is seeking applicants for participation in the Fiscal Year 2018 Weatherization Policy Advisory Council (PAC) through Friday June 30, 2017.

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APACC Members are Leading the Discussion: Diversity and Inclusion in Decision-Making about Urban Parks, Climate Change and Resilience

APACC Members are Leading the Discussion: Diversity and Inclusion in Decision-Making about Urban Parks, Climate Change and Resilience

Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative (APACC) has been leading the discussion about meaningfully engaging and including diverse voices in decision-making on important issues like climate change, land development and resilience.

While these issues are often addressed through government plans and programs, community organizations like APACC’s members—and the people we serve—face the reality and impacts of these issues in our daily lives and work.

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The wider the gap between rich and poor, the more the environment suffers

The wider the gap between rich and poor, the more the environment suffers

A recent report flips the common narrative that says that climate change “exacerbates social and economic inequality,” and instead argues that inequality can itself drive climate change. The report, by Susan Holmberg of the Roosevelt Institute, shows that “unequal societies inflict more environmental damage than more economically even societies.”

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Resilient Infrastructure: DC’s Shades of Community Greening

Resilient Infrastructure: DC’s Shades of Community Greening

This article was originally posted on APACC member Anacostia Waterfront Trust's blog on May 15th, 2017. It is written by Katherine Antos, former Anacostia Ambassador with AWT, and highlights some of the work that APACC members are doing to address resilience in the Anacostia watershed through green infrastructure.

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