[email protected] Family Festival

Sharing sustainability information and news to inspire residents and decision-makers to take action for environmental sustainability.

Mission: In search for a new location, we plan to bring the event back. The mission of [email protected] is to promote and celebrate environmental stewardship among county residents and businesses. This is accomplished through entertainment, exhibits, workshops and activities that engage and inspire the entire community, especially the next generation of environmental stewards. The event also creates an opportunity for local environmental organization(s) to connect with Loudouners.

Planet Aid

Over 26,000 lives were saved between 2005 and 2016 in the U.S. due to a shift from #coal to #gas for electricity generation. #globalwarming #climatechange

Yale Environment 360

Scientists estimate that as many as 1 billion animals have died in Australia’s record-breaking wildfires, with more than 800 million lost in New South Wales alone. https://e360.yale.edu/digest/1-billion-animals-estimated-dead-in-australian-wildfires

AskNature.org

Shouldn’t companies help protect the plant diversity their businesses are built on? The biggest challenge is how.

Shenandoah Riverkeeper

BREAKING: Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Vacates Permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Compressor Station in Union Hill

Earth Wise

According to the World Meteorological Organization, levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached yet another new record high. Globally averaged concentrations of carbon dioxide reached 407.8 parts per million in 2018, up from 405.5 parts per million in 2017.

According to the World Meteorological Organization, levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached yet another new record high. Globally averaged concentrations of carbon dioxide reached 407.8 parts per million in 2018, up from 405.5 parts per million in 2017.

Action For Nature

More and more major companies are listening and making moves to be more sustainable and take climate action! JetBlue just announced it is tackling the high environmental impact of flying by aiming to become carbon neutral on all domestic flights by July 2020. The airline will offset the carbon impact of its jet fuel, the annual equivalent of removing more than 1.5 million passenger vehicles from the road, by investing in projects focused on forest conservation and landfill gas capture, as well as in solar and wind power generation initiatives.

wtop.com

What you need to know about Montgomery Co. pesticide ban | WTOP

wtop.com Many products that residents are accustomed to are no longer legal on lawns and other areas, but they do have other options.

wtop.com

DC is expected to expand ban on plastic foam-type products | WTOP

One city, one community, one country at a time. Hopefully, before it's too late we will do enough to stop the speed of global warming and its effects. Are you doing your part?

wtop.com The D.C. Council is poised to broaden bans on expanded polystyrene foam that’s commonly known as Styrofoam.

cbc.ca

'Completely unsustainable': How streaming and other data demands take a toll on the environment | CBC News

The gigabytes of data we're using — although invisible — come at a significant cost to the environment. Some experts say it rivals that of the airline industry. #datacenters #cloudcomputing

cbc.ca As data demands grow from our use of apps, video streaming and other technology, so do the energy needs of the server facilities at the source of the information. Some Canadian companies are working on solutions to reduce that energy demand and its toll on the environment.

Moms Clean Air Force

More!

12 million acres have burned during the devastating Australian wildfires so far - far more than during the California and Amazon fires combined.

Potomac Conservancy

The Potomac has gotten saltier. Find out how other rivers have avoided this health hazard-->

nymag.com

Global Apathy Toward the Fires in Australia Is a Scary Portent for the Future

It’s happening!

nymag.com A months-long climate disaster in a wealthy, white country is tailor-made to dominate news coverage. It hasn’t.

AskNature.org

#stem

Biomimicry: A Sustainable Design Methodology

This year, instead of offering the course as a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), MCAD will be offering it as a low-cost course through their Continuing Education program.

They are capping enrollment to encourage students to participate more fully and to allow them to give participating students more feedback. As before, it will be offered as a non-credit introductory course.

mcadsustainabledesign.com/biomimicry-a-sustainable-design-methodology-spring-2020/

Eco-Schools USA

Need some new ideas for outdoor learning? Explore the recently published Experiential Outdoor Learning the Schoolyard Guide http://bit.ly/2YXZgzv 🌳

Need some new ideas for outdoor learning? Explore the recently published Experiential Outdoor Learning the Schoolyard Guide http://bit.ly/2YXZgzv 🌳

Pets Story

TGIF

Do you have a lazy dog? :P

EcoWatch

TOXMAP, an interactive online map tracking USA's toxic pollution, disappeared from the internet this month.

Global Citizen

Prioritizing well-being could unlock infinite human potential.

Center for Biological Diversity

Butterflies like to feast on all kinds of feces — including elephant dung, leopard poo and bear biscuits — in order to draw out important nutrients.

This is known as "puddling."

For some reason, puddling behavior seems to be more common in male butterflies than female 😋

BioInteractive

If you’re looking for new ways to implement BioInteractive resources, hear how experienced science educators are using our resources with their students as part of our Educator Voices feature. We’ve added more than 15 articles and videos to this collection this year, so spend some time this holiday season catching up on implementation ideas, lesson sequences, resource modifications, and more. http://bit.ly/voicesBI

treehugger.com

What's happening to all the "recycled" waste now that it's not shipped to China?

treehugger.com It's déjà vu all over again as the industry pushes "chemical recycling."

WTOP News

Emergency teams in the Galapagos Islands are working to contain a 600-gallon oil spill after a cargo vessel overturned while being loaded with containers early Sunday, local officials said on Twitter.

Natural Biodiversity

Oh no!

Noooooo

undergroundreporter.org

Bolivia to Be Completely Food Independent in 2020 by Investing in Small Farmers

undergroundreporter.org Bolivia will be completely food independent by 2020 just by investing in its small farmers -- and keeping an aim of sustainability.

Environmental Working Group

The Environmental Protection Agency was poised to implement a nationwide ban on chlorpyrifos early in 2017. But after the 2016 election, Dow launched an aggressive campaign to block that decision.

Dow, the pesticide’s main manufacturer, donated $1 million to President Trump’s inauguration festivities, and its CEO met privately with then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Ignoring his agency’s own scientists, Pruitt aborted the scheduled ban soon after.

Beginning next year, a neurotoxic pesticide that at low doses can trigger brain and behavioral damage in children will be banned from use by agricultural operations in New York State.

toxicbeautydoc.com

TOXIC BEAUTY

It’s worth checking it out!

toxicbeautydoc.com Toxic Beauty is a documentary feature film with exclusive access to scientists, lawyers, advocates, regulators, politicians, a dynamic whistle blower, survivors and women who have lost their lives.

sierraclub.org

Goldman Sachs Announces It Will Stop Financing Arctic Oil

On Monday, Goldman Sachs announced that it will not finance new oil drilling or exploration projects in the Arctic, becoming the first US bank to make such a commitment. The bank’s revised environmental policy framework, which was made public Sunday, also includes a ban on financing for new thermal coal mines worldwide.

sierraclub.org It’s the first US bank to make such a commitment

blog.aboutamazon.com

The big ideas and tiny details behind Amazon's new recyclable mailer

This rapid kind of innovation allowed us to immediately start testing new mailer designs to make something recyclable for our customers and easier to use for our associates.

blog.aboutamazon.com From the lab to the fulfillment center, employees contributed to the innovations behind a mailer that can be recycled in the same bin as Amazon’s iconic box.

Biophilic Cities Project

Yes!

Archdaily lists strategies for working with different ecosystems to maximize the potential of a park’s environment.
https://www.archdaily.com/926764/not-all-parks-should-be-green-10-tips-to-design-landscape-infrastructure

oregonlive.com

Ocean waters off West Coast acidifying at twice the rate of global average, NOAA researcher finds

“We now know that the Pacific Decadal Oscillation can intensify or alleviate (ocean acidification) in this region,” Osborne said. “For those large swings to also have a human imprint, it’s going to make the extremes more extreme.”

oregonlive.com "It’s going to make the extremes more extreme.”

Build A Better Burb

In suburban Arizona:

Casey Trees

Health equity and food access organization DC Greens is partnering with the Friends of Oxon Run, The Green Scheme and DC Department of Parks and Recreation to create a new urban farm in Ward 8 off the Oxon Run tributary. The Well at Oxon Run will occupy roughly 50,000 square feet at 300 Valley Avenue SE and will provide space to grow up to 150 varieties of fresh produce, herbs and edible flowers for community use. The site will also include recreation space, as well as space for community gatherings and programmed events. UrbanTurf

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

We're excited to be approaching the finish line to acquire JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary. But, we need your help to put us over the top and ensure we have the funds to not only purchase the property, but to have funds to successfully steward and manage the property.

Click the link to find out more about our plans and to give a donation to help us forever preserve the globally rare wetlands at JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary.

HoCo Climate Action

#ClimateEmergency “It is people especially from the global south, especially from indigenous communities, who need to tell their stories.” @GretaThunberg, before handing the mic to other young activists from the United States, the Philippines, Russia, Uganda, Chine and the Marshall Islands.

Great opportunity to buy local!

The Holiday Market.... is ON! We aren’t expecting the best weather tomorrow but we WILL continue as scheduled inside the Nature Center!! All vendors will be located inside and/or on the back porch so everyone may enjoy warmth while browsing!! Please support our holiday market small businesses and local artisans vendors! Happy Holidays everyone!!

Buying local is good for environment! #livinggreen

The Holiday Market.... is ON! We aren’t expecting the best weather tomorrow but we WILL continue as scheduled inside the Nature Center!! All vendors will be located inside and/or on the back porch so everyone may enjoy warmth while browsing!! Please support our holiday market small businesses and local artisans vendors! Happy Holidays everyone!!

Eat local!

Come on in and visit us - we’ve got something for everyone! #farmtoyourtable

Leesburg Now

Be aware!

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree ... why are thee full of secrets?

Leesburg Now

Be aware!

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree ... why are thee full of secrets?

350.org

Staggering.

"$649 billion in fossil fuel subsidies...nearly 10 times what Congress spent on Education."

Save Rural Loudoun

As mentioned in our previous post, here is Loudoun Rural Economic Development Council's letter to the Board of Supervisors in support of strong zoning protection for prime farmland soils. Prime soils form the basis for our rural economy, and must be seen as the important economic and environmental resource that they are! Thank you Alta Jones and the rest of REDC!

Consilium Design

"These days, buyers of all ages eschew the large, ornate houses built in those years in favor of smaller, more modern-looking alternatives, and prefer #walkable areas to living miles from retail," Taylor wrote.

They could be subdivided into condominiums or apartments. It's been done for years in older, inner city neighborhoods.

Environmental Defense Fund

Two leading global brands, Walmart and Unilever, recently decided to use the power of supply chains to tackle the persistent problem of tropical deforestation – and their announcement couldn’t have come at a better time.

Piedmont Environmental Council

Nice!

We are encouraged by the announcement made by Governor Northam today as it pertains to natural resource funding, specifically the commitments made to clean water and land conservation. Investing in natural resources is demonstrably good for the economy, good for the environment, and good for urban, suburban and rural communities.

nytimes.com

Opinion | The World Solved the Ozone Problem. It Can Solve Climate Change.

What David Doniger, a climate expert at the Natural Resources Defense Council, calls a “one-two punch of irrefutable science and irrefutable experience” has clearly raised public awareness and, perforce, the political temperature. To all this should be added the experience of Montreal and Kigali, and the catastrophe that did not happen.

nytimes.com The same tools that fixed the ozone hole — science, innovation and international action — can address it.

nbcwashington.com

Parts of DC Will Be Under Water if Sea Levels Continue Climbing

As temperatures and sea levels rise, D.C. will see more coastal flooding. Storm Team4’s Amelia Draper shows what parts of the area could look like if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t drastically cut.

nbcwashington.com As temperatures and sea levels rise DC will see more coastal flooding Storm Team4s Amelia Draper shows what parts of the area could look like if greenhouse gas emissions arent drastically cut

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