Rolling Through the Winter

February 2022

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Photo credit to Joe Flood

The District of Columbia has experienced quite a chilly and snowy winter so far. While this may have many people hunkered indoors, it doesn’t have to be a deterrent to using a bike or other active modes of transportation to get around. goDCgo has tips for cold-weather biking and walking. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association also has two recent webinars on winter riding tips.

Wheelchair users can consider using winter tires that provide additional traction, mounting lights or reflective material to increase visibility, and making sure batteries are fully charged if using a powerchair as they will deplete faster in the cold. Notice a sidewalk in need of repair as you’re out and about? Request repair services by calling the Mayor's Citywide Call Center at 311 or by completing a service request online using the District government's Service Request Center.

Speaking of getting around, moveDC, the District’s Long Range Transportation Plan, was recently updated and approved. With sustainability as one of its seven goals, moveDC establishes the 25-year vision for the District’s multimodal transportation system. It includes 41 strategies to meet the goals and policies in the plan, including specific implementation steps and how they affect you as a community member. Check out moveDC at and see what upcoming changes will help you get around all year long!



Application Period Opened January 10 for the 2022 District Sustainability Awards and Clean Energy DC Award

The District Sustainability Awards highlight businesses, individuals, and organizations that are working towards a more sustainable DC. Awardees’ projects and programs support the Mayor’s Sustainable DC 2.0 Plan, which aims to make the District the nation’s healthiest, greenest, most livable city for all residents; it encompasses governance, equity, built environment, climate, economy, education, energy, food, health, nature, transportation, waste, and water.

For details on how to apply, scoring criteria, and the link to the application form, go to

The application period runs from January 10 through March 11. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Lynn Wilhere at




Green Building Innovation Assistance

The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) is seeking eligible entities to propose incorporating innovative green building strategies into their new or existing building projects in the District. DOEE is seeking applications for grant activities that will 1) reduce the environmental impacts of the built environment in the District, and 2) increase industry knowledge and capacity to design, construct, and operate high-performing buildings.

Applicants may propose one or more of the following for their District-based building project(s):

  1. Net-zero energy,
  2. Building electrification,
  3. Renewable energy storage,
  4. Embodied carbon reduction, and/or
  5. Deconstruction and reuse.

DOEE has a total of $175,000 available to fund multiple projects. The deadline for application submissions is February 23 at 11:59 p.m. Check out previous grant projects and visit for more information about this request for applicants.

Innovative Low Impact Development Program

DOEE is seeking eligible entities to apply to control, prevent, and provide remediation for point and nonpoint pollution to local receiving waterbodies within the municipal separate storm sewer system area in the District through innovative approaches to stormwater control and treatment. Projects funded through this grant will improve water quality by using low impact development, green stormwater infrastructure, or other such ecologically focused projects. The amount available for the project is at least $1,000,000, and with a discretionary extension in duration, could total at least $2,000,000. The deadline for application submissions is February 28 at 11:59 p.m. Visit for more information.

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Clean Energy DC 2.0

DOEE is seeking an eligible entity to develop a new and updated clean energy plan for the District of Columbia, Clean Energy DC (CEDC) 2.0. CEDC 2.0 will have a clear set of actions that residents, businesses, and the government can take to reduce energy use, lower greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon-free energy adoption. This process is intended to produce a transformational but actionable policy roadmap that decarbonizes the District of Columbia’s energy systems in the building, transportation, and energy sectors. This grant provides an opportunity to “re-imagine” energy in the District, including how energy is managed, generated, consumed, stored, and measured.   

DOEE will host a virtual Q&A session on March 3, from 1-2 pm, via WebEx. The deadline for application submission is March 18 at 11:59pm. Check out this webpage for more information on the funding opportunity.


Drivers and Environmental Impacts of Energy Transitions in Underserved Communities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as part of its Science to Achieve Results program, is seeking applications proposing community-engaged research that will address the drivers and environmental impacts of energy transitions in underserved communities. For purposes of this competition and the evaluation of applications, “underserved communities” refers to populations sharing a particular characteristic, as well as geographic communities, that have been systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social, and civic life, including people of color, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and other populations that may be disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks.

The program has anticipated total funding of $10,000,000 with the ceiling for each award at $1,125,000. The deadline to apply is April 28. For more information, visit the grant webpage.



Department of Energy and Environment – Program Analyst

The Program Analyst position is located in the Energy Administration, Data and Benchmarking Division, Building Performance and Enforcement Branch. The incumbent of this position will serve as a Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) liaison to DC’s Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) by building upon the strong relationships between DOEE and the Downtown BID to ensure building owners’ success with the BEPS program and other Clean Energy DC initiatives. Applications for this position are due by February 21. To learn more about the position or to apply, visit the DC Careers webpage and search for job ID 15785.

Department of Energy and Environment – Energy Program Specialist

This position is located under the Energy Administration, Data and Benchmarking Division, Building Performance and Enforcement Branch (BPEB), but working within the Office of Enforcement and Environmental Justice (OEEJ). The incumbent of this position is primarily responsible for supporting programmatic work for OEEJ by issuing and tracking enforcement actions for the BPEB-related programs. This position supports legal enforcement actions, including preparation of documents and maintenance of a case management database. The position therefore requires attention to detail, accuracy, and documentation. Applications for this position are due by February 21. To learn more about the position or to apply, visit the DC Careers webpage and search for job ID 15779.

Department of Energy and Environment – Branch Chiefs

Two Branch Chief openings are available at the Department of Energy and Environment’s Urban Sustainability Administration. One position will serve as Branch Chief of the Sustainability & Equity Branch, and the other will serve as Branch Chief of the Green Building & Climate Branch. Each Branch Chief has responsibility for the day-to-day operation of their branch, comprised of approximately 6-8 program analyst staff members. They provide supervision, technical assistance, and direction to program analysts to plan and coordinate policy development and thought leadership across work areas for the District. Applications for these positions are due by February 24. To learn more about the positions or to apply, visit the DC Careers webpage and search for job ID 15917.

DC Green Bank – Chief Investment Officer

DC Green Bank seeks a Chief Investment Officer (CIO) to help lead this cutting-edge, mission-driven financial organization to scale. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the CIO will be responsible for deploying, and managing the organization’s financial portfolio, as well as securing capital funding. The CIO will actively seek new products that address market barriers and are aligned with the mission of the organization. As a key leader of the management team, the CIO will play an important role in determining the strategic direction of this growing, high-impact organization. To learn more about the position or to apply, visit the DC Green Bank careers page.


Service Saturday Park Clean-Up

Washington Parks & People hosts a Service Saturday Park Clean-Up on the 3rd Saturday of every month in Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park. All tools will be provided. No need to sign up, just come out at 10:00 a.m. and meet at the base of the Joan of Arc statue. For any questions, reach out to The next cleanup is on Saturday February 19 at 10:00 a.m.


Sign up to be a Fix-It DC Coach

Celebrate repair! Help others learn to disassemble and troubleshoot their stuff by signing up to be a Fix-It DC Coach. Fix-It DC is a program which includes all-ages community events where people bring their broken household items and learn how to assess, disassemble, and repair them instead of sending them to the landfill. We’re looking for volunteer coaches with knowledge and skills to repair a wide variety of items from common household goods to electronics and musical instruments.

Being a Fix-It DC Coach is easy: simply provide participants with 1) encouragement to investigate their broken item, and 2) guidance in the use of repair tools. Sign up to be one of our Fix-it Coaches today!

Our Fix-It Coaches have found that participating in Fix-It DC is a valuable way to promote their business and meet potential new customers. If you would like to learn more about Fix-It DC program, visit the Fix-It DC website.

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City Blossoms Food Justice & Advocacy Virtual Speaker Series

Throughout February and into March, City Blossoms is hosting a speaker series intended for DC teens interested in gardening, food justice, entrepreneurship, and more. Participants will learn about our local food system and delve into possible future career paths with a guest speaker. This series is part of City Blossoms' Youth Entrepreneurship Cooperative Program. For more information, please visit

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Meet Your Neighbors: Bark and Buds Winter Tree Walk

Join Casey Trees for an easy paced, 45-minute tree appreciation and identification walk on Wednesday, February 23 at 12:15 p.m. Participants will meet at 3030 12th St NE and take a leisurely walk around the neighborhood to appreciate the understated beauty of trees, focusing on their bark and buds. No prior tree identification experience is necessary!

For more information and to sign up, please visit the Eventbrite page.


Montgomery County Go Electric Event

Montgomery County is hosting a “Go Electric!” event on Saturday, March 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., outdoors, at Montgomery College in Rockville. Learn more about electric lawn equipment, electric cars, solar panels, and more. There will be a collection event on-site for those wanting to recycle their gas-powered lawn equipment or small appliances for free. For more information, visit

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Naturally Latinos Conference, March 22 - 26

Join the Audubon Naturalist Society to talk with Latinx colleagues, activists, and experts. The conference will tackle climate change, environmental justice, immigration, indigeneity, outreach, journalism, career development, advocacy, and more. You’ll enjoy workshops, networking sessions, panels, film screening, music, and dance. The conference organizers and attendees look forward to gathering to re-connect, re-envision, re-commit, and re-vitalize our joy and hope for the future, juntos. To ask about scholarships to offset the cost of registration, please contact More information is available at

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Únase a esta conferencia organizada por Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS), para hablar con colegas, activistas y expertos de la comidad Latinx. La conferecia tocará temas como el cambio climático, la justicia ambiental, inmigración, la identidad indígena, alcance comunitario, periodismo, desarrollo profesional, abogacía y más. Disfrutará de talleres, sesiones de networking, paneles, proyección de películas, música y baile. Los organizadores de la conferencia y los participantes se reunirán para reconectarse, volver a imaginar, volver a comprometerse y revitalizar la alegría y esperanza para el futuro, juntos. Para preguntar sobre becas para compensar el costo de la inscripción, comuníquese con Más información está disponible en

Climate Change and the Future of Work

What does climate change have to do with a career in healthcare? Or law? Join Catholic University’s “Climate Change and the Future of Work” conference on April 21-22 to find out! The goals for the conference include inspiring and informing students and the broader community, as well as creating space for generative, forward-thinking conversation. Once the conference program and agenda are set, they will be available online at

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Resilience: Community Empowerment Series

The FH Faunteroy Community Enrichment Center (FCEC), located at 4800 Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE in Ward 7, launched a monthly series on Thursdays for community members to engage, meet, and discuss resilience matters that impact them directly. The series is inspired by the work of the Ward 7 Resilience Hub Community Committee, in partnership with community leaders, DOEE, the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, and other community-focused organizations. The second Thursday of the month features a presenter from DOEE on the topic of "Flooding and Climate Change for Renters and Homeowners" and the next session will be March 10 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. The sessions offer limited in-person seating and a virtual participation option, and they are live-streamed and recorded. For more information, visit the FCEC website.


eCYCLE Collection Events

By recycling used electronics, individuals can help recover valuable resources and properly manage potentially hazardous materials. eCYCLE DC, through manufacturers’ collection and recycling plans, is bringing District residents more options for recycling their electronics.

The following items are banned from the trash and are collected at the eCYCLE DC collection events: computers and monitors, tablet, e-readers, mice, keyboards, DVD or VCR players, printers, televisions, game consoles, and portable music players. For more information, check out this fact sheet.

  • Saturday, February 19, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. 300 Van Buren Street, NW (near Takoma Community Center)
  • Saturday, February 19, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. 3160 16th St NW (near Mt. Pleasant Library)
  • Saturday, February 26, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. 1801 Hamlin St NE (near Woodridge Library)
  • Saturday, February 26, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. 2412 Rand Place NE (near Arboretum Community Center)
  • Saturday, March 5, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. 3935 Benning Rd NE (near Benning [Dorothy I. Height] Neighborhood Library)
  • Saturday, March 5, 10:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m. 201 N Street SW (near King Greenleaf Recreation Center)
  • Saturday, March 12, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Fitch St SE & 53rd St SE (near Woody Ward Recreation Center)
  • Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. 1800 Good Hope Rd SE (near Anacostia Library)
  • Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SW & Elmira St SW (near Fort Greble Park)

Please visit the eCYCLE DC website to check for any updates closer to the event date.


NoMa Wants the Public To Help Name Its Next Park: A new park is being built at the corner of 3rd Street and L Street NE and the public will be able to vote on its name. It will be across the street from Swampoodle Park, a name given to the area by the local Irish immigrant community in the 1800s.

How Tenants in Washington, D.C. Fought Against Gentrification and Won: Tenants of a Congress Heights apartment building organized and were successful in getting the ownership of their building transferred to a landlord that will redevelop the site into a mixed-use project with 179 affordable housing units.

Seed Swaps and Exchanges: This episode of the GardenDC podcast features Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange for a discussion on seed swapping, exchanges, and heirloom seed saving.

Why This American Girl Doll Inspires Environmental Activism: Learn how the backstory for a new children’s character was inspired by the real-life history of the Anacostia River.




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