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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Welcome Flotsam and Jetsam, new DC Water trash skimmers on the Anacostia!

Welcome Flotsam and Jetsam, new DC Water trash skimmers on the Anacostia!

DC Water has just named two of its newest skimmer boats "Flotsam" and "Jetsam", names selected by a competition on Twitter. We welcome the new vessels to the Anacostia River! DC Water operates these boats to pick up trash and debris from the Anacostia River. Each year, the boats pick up around 400 tons of trash.

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Pepco Benning Road Community Advisory Group meeting tonight

Pepco Benning Road Community Advisory Group meeting tonight

The Benning Road Community Advisory Group (CAG) has a meeting tonight, at 5:30pm to discuss the future of the Pepco Benning road plant. This monthly meeting is open to the public - please consider attending. All meeting dates are posted on Facebook (The Community Advisory Group: The RI/FS Benning Road Power Plant Study). The next meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday, May 24th at 5:30 pm at Educare DC.

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Success! $4 million reallocated to clean up the Anacostia River in DC's 2018 budget.

Success! $4 million reallocated to clean up the Anacostia River in DC's 2018 budget.

Thanks to the hard work of many APACC members and other allies, the DC Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment responded to our requests during a meeting yesterday. The Committee shifted $4 million of the $5 million "missing" dollars back into the Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Department of Energy & Environment to be able to clean up the Anacostia River and stay on schedule for completion of a remedial plan in mid-2018.  

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Drug Take-Back a Success – Thanks for Keeping our Parks Drug-Free

Drug Take-Back a Success – Thanks for Keeping our Parks Drug-Free

In April, we helped put the word out about the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)’s no-questions-asked drug take-back program. Drugs that aren’t disposed of property can make their way into natural water bodies like the Anacostia River if they are flushed down the toilet or dumped into the sink. MPD reports that they collected nearly 350 pounds of drugs during the month of April!

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Building Capacity in Wards 7 and 8 - April 14, 2017

Capacity Building Opportunities

Trainings, webinars, panel discussions
How to Report Live from Nonprofit Conferences and Events, June 13(http://www.nptechforgood.com/social-and-mobile-media-webinars-for-nonprofits/) — This is a must-attend if you have public events and you want to share for those not in attendance or because you want to repurpose the tweets, such as with #Storify, after the fact. Registration opens May 16. Free.

Good reads
Stop Telling Millennial Women To Find A Mentor  (https://www.forbes.com/sites/kaytiezimmerman/2017/04/09/stop-telling-millennial-women-to-find-a-mentor/#e3387277b001) — "Women don’t need to be told which experience to add to their resume. They need someone to place their resume on a higher desk." 

What is Leadership? (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-leadership-parag-kar)— Read.

Peter Drucker: How to (Actually) Manage Your Time   (https://betterhumans.coach.me/peter-drucker-how-to-actually-manage-your-time-6ab54a9236b9) — Read and heed.

Why you should know how much your coworkers get paid (http://ideas.ted.com/why-you-should-know-how-much-your-coworkers-get-paid/) — "... when people don’t know how their pay compares to their peers, they’re actually more likely to feel underpaid — and even discriminated against. "

Audio and video
Casey Brown: Know your worth, and then ask for it  (https://www.ted.com/talks/casey_brown_know_your_worth_and_then_ask_for_it) — Make the time to watch this eight-minute video.

Resources and tools

Need Help with Communications and Marketing? Georgetown University graduate students are offering pro bono assistance. The application deadline is Friday, April 21. (http://csic.georgetown.edu/impact/pro-bono-client-database/) 

Typeform (https://www.typeform.com/) lets you create cool looking forms. Free and paid.

Prisma (http://prisma-ai.com/) runs your photos through artistic filters. A terrific tool to use to shake it up a bit when you are out and about, taking and sharing lots of snaps on your mobile.

Ripl (http://ripl.com/) is another shake-it-up tool for mobile. This lets you animate tweets. Free and paid.

How to Customize Your Facebook News Feed to Maximize Your Productivity(https://blog.bufferapp.com/customize-my-news-feed)  provides clear instructions and pictures to personalize your FB news feed.

Mind Your Manners When it Comes to Visuals! (http://aea365.org/blog/mind-your-manners-when-it-comes-to-visuals-by-sheila-b-robinson/) offers sound advice for using images found online in your work. Read. Bookmark. Share.