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DC Environmental Film Festival meets World Water Day

DC Environmental Film Festival meets World Water Day

I’m sure it wasn’t lost on the organizers of this year’s Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital that the second week of screenings and events overlapped World Water Day on Thursday. Of course, it was probably also easier to book space in conjunction with this particular environmental event than one occurring, say, next month (which…

Leafsnap: the electronic field guide that gets smarter with use

Leafsnap: the electronic field guide that gets smarter with use

Ever been out on a hike, a camping trip or just a walk in the neighborhood and been faced with the question “What kind of tree is that?” More often than not, my own answer is “I don’t know.” Leafsnap, a new “electronic field guide” developed by Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institute (which I covered very briefly a few months ago) is designed, in part, to change that answer. Using your iPhone, you can take a picture of a leaf, flower, or fruit from a tree and identify it through comparison with images in the app’s database. Think of it as facial recognition software for the nature lover.

DC-area African American church goes solar

DC-area African American church goes solar

A church installing solar panels… not all that unusual these days, right? Maybe not, but for Washington, DC’s Florida Avenue Baptist Church, the recent ribbon-cutting on a 44 panel solar array represents more than “going green” and cutting energy costs: it’s also a way to address issues of energy and environmental justice and economic stagnation in the local community.

Community organizing meets weatherization: WeatherizeDC

Community organizing meets weatherization: WeatherizeDC

Critics from both right and left have pounced on President Obama’s Oval Office address last night as lacking in substance, and even purpose. But David Roberts at Grist noted that weatherization, an important element of any energy and climate plan, was one of the specifics Obama did mention as means of lessening the country’s reliance on fossil fuels (and also lessening the potential for disasters like the Gulf oil spill).

Obama's 400-pound gingerbread house

Obama's 400-pound gingerbread house

As I posted earlier this week Simon Doonan did venture down to DC this week to assist and oversee the holiday decorating at the White House. The Washington Post has some photos of what Doonan and the Obamas did, and I must say, they’re pretty safe and traditional. Which I guess is appropriate for the…

The White House goes gay

The White House goes gay

Great gay news is being reported over at Towleroad today. The lovable Simon Doonan, legendary Barneys window dresser, celebrated author, and hubbie to Jonathan Adler, will be decorating the White House this Christmas. This could be really good for the gays. Or it could be utter disaster.  While, personally, I adore Doonan’s style it is a…

Solar Decathlon: The Envelope, Please…

Solar Decathlon: The Envelope, Please…

While the 2009 Solar Decathlon officially wrapped up yesterday, the winners of the solar-powered home design competition were announced Friday morning. While sixteen of the twenty student teams hailed from the US, an international competitor took the gold: Team Germany received the highest number of points, and scored a repeat of its ’07 win.

Looking for an environmental film festival? There's probably one nearby…

Looking for an environmental film festival? There's probably one nearby…

Miss this past weekend’s Far North Conservation Film Fest in Fairbanks, Alaska? Not to worry: green-themed film festivals are popping up everywhere around the country. Here’s just a handful of festivals devoted to environmentally-themed films!