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Public Support Clear for Cheh Reliability Bill

Public Support Clear for Cheh Reliability Bill

 

This story comes to us from Janine Carmona:

The Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs July 7 held a hearing on the Reliable Electric Service Act of 2011, a bill introduced by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary M. Cheh aimed at improving Pepco service reliability. The bill was met with strong support from virtually every public witness (except Pepco), including residents as well as the Acting People’s Counsel to the District.

Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

The Flower Felon

The Flower Felon

In the last few months, Cleveland Park residents have been frantically posting about their beautiful blooming flowers being stolen from their yards and community garden plots.  One resident claims that over 50 of her peony blooms were stolen. This blossom burglary has been going on for quite some time now. Many residents have described a man carrying flowers—loose, unwrapped, and strikingly similar those stolen from the neighborhood.

DC Department of Health Recognized with Bronze Anvil Award by Leading Public Relations Firm

 

This story comes to us from Mahlori Isaacs:

Area Youth Host March to Save Wild Tigers Saturday May 28

Area Youth Host March to Save Wild Tigers Saturday May 28

 

     WASHINGTON, DC – Members of the Youth For Conservation Forum (YFCF) announced today plans for a March to Save Wild Tigers, to be held outside of the main gates of the National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW) on Saturday, May 28, 2011 from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  The event is being hosted to raise awareness of the plight of wild tigers and the efforts of the Global Tiger Initiative (GTI), an international alliance of the 13 tiger range countries and international organizations dedicated to saving wild tigers from extinction.

 

Community Tree Planting Applications For Fall 2011 Schedule Due June 15

 

This story comes to us from Christopher Horn:

(Washington, D.C. — May 12, 2011) Casey Trees is currently accepting applications for participation in the fall 2011 Community Tree Planting (CTP) program. The deadline for applications is June 15.

Groups or individuals who apply before the deadline will be considered for the CTP fall planting schedule, which will run from October to December. Applications may be submitted via mail, e-mail or fax. Accepted applicants will work with Casey Trees staff and a Lead Citizen Forester to assist with project organization.

Earth Day: Safely Dispose of Techno Gadgets

Earth Day: Safely Dispose of Techno Gadgets

I am a Nerd Chick, but first and foremost I define myself by one word: Mommy. As a parent of young children, I can’t help but see the world through their eyes. My son celebrates the drive to the park, exclaiming “Look at all the TREES, Mommy! Mommy, there are TEN trees!” I love his pure joy with the world around him, and I would love to preserve that world for his generation and the generations to come. When I look around the house and see the bevy of old techno gadgets, batteries, ink cartridges and electronic toys the kids have outgrown, I wonder: is there a safe way to dispose of these things? We can all help our community by donating, recycling and/or safely disposing of old techno gadgets. Let’s help save the world this Earth Day, one monitor at a time!

Your first stop should be the EPA website  for an extensive list of companies that offer take backs, mail-in or even trade-in incentive programs for your e-waste products. For example, Office Depot applies a $2 cash award to your rewards card for each printer ink cartridge you turn in, and Sprint has a “Buy Back” program that gives Sprint customers an account credit for returning eligible Sprint or Nextel model of phones. There are also links to where to recycle any electronic device, like computers, printers, televisions and monitors.

If you’re not sure if you should sell or donate the gadget you’re ready to replace, enter the make and model number at www.ecosquid.com. After answering a few quick questions about the shape it’s in and the parts you have for it, you’ll be provided with a list of options for selling or recycling in your area. The account you create is free, and you can earn points for reselling or recycling your tech that you can use in their gadget store.

Would you like to do something for the environment AND help our servicemen and women? The “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program turns old cell phones into prepaid calling cards for U.S troops stationed overseas. Cards are given to the soldiers’ families to stay in touch with their loved-ones in the field. You can donate any cell phone by visiting http://cellphonesforsoldiers.com and clicking on “Donate a Phone” to get a pre-paid mailing label, or find local drop sites in your area. Before donating your used cell phone, just make sure that your personal data has been removed. Security experts recommend that you first log out of all internet-based remote accounts the phone is linked to, then “factory reset” your handset before passing it on. If you’re not transferring the SIM card to another handset, you’ll want to step on it, crush it or chop it up with scissors.

If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop to recycle and donate to help others in your community, you can donate locally to charities like the Salvation Army and Goodwill. Many are considered e-waste certified, so they can properly dispose of any gadgets deemed un-sellable. Proceeds from working gadgets you donate help families in need in your local community, and any donations you make are tax-deductible. Go to www.salvationarmy.org and follow the locations link on the left side of the page, or http://locator.goodwill.org/ to locate a drop-off center near you.

Lastly, one of the best tech-savvy ways to help the environment is to consider waiting before you run out and buy that new gadget. I know, I know, it’s hard to pass up the shiny new toy (even harder to convince the kids to!), but holding out for the second, or even third, round of a product gives the manufacturer time to work out any development kinks. Buying later can save you money as most manufacturers will lower the price on the first generation gadget when they release a new version. The old saying, “patience is a virtue” can reduce electronic waste and save you a bit of cash too!

Do you have a tech-savvy way you’re helping to preserve the environment this Earth Day? We’d love to hear about it. Send us a note on Facebook (facebook.com/nerdsoncall) or email us at nerdchick@callnerds.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .