The Committee on Government Operations and the Environment and the George Washington University Office of Sustainability are proud to announce the first-ever "2009 Policy Greenhouse," to be held on the morning of July 10, 2009.
Seeking High-Impact Environmental Solutions
The event, hosted on the GW campus, will feature 10 presenters, who will each offer five-minute, verbal pitches on high-impact environmental solutions for the District.
The primary criteria for the pitches are that the level of environmental impact and the level of innovation. We are not looking for quick fixes; we are looking for bold, practical environmental solutions for the District.
Examples of pitch ideas include:
- road use pricing;
- vertical farming;
- expanded retro-commissioning;
- carbon neutrality for public buildings; or
- promoting "Cool Cars".
Although we have already selected our pitches for the 2009 Policy Greenhouse, we invite you to continue to submit your ideas here.
About the Event
The event is open to the public and we expect a diverse crowd of attendees, including policymakers, citizens interested in environmental issues, "green" professionals, members of business and industry, academics, and others.
The Policy Greenhouse will be liveblogged at Greater Greater Washington, a blog "devoted to improving the vitality of Washington, DC and the walkable cities and neighborhoods in the Washington metropolitan area." The event wil also be webcast on Planet Forward and available on cable television, subject to availability.
- Breakfast and Registration (8-9 am)
- Opening Remarks (9-9:30 am)
- Steve Knapp, President, George Washington University
- Mary Cheh, Chair, Committee on Government Operations & the Environment
- George Hawkins, Director, District Department of the Environment
- Policy Greenhouse Pitches (9:30-11 am)
- Steve Offutt, www.steveoffutt.com, “Increase Urban Tree Canopy Through Market Mechanisms”
- Richard Layman, Citizens Planning Coalition, “Sustainable Transportation Planning and Incentives”
- Kristina Van Dexter, GW student, “A Garden at Every School”
- John Christmas, Energy Efficiency Partnership of Greater Washington, “Tax Lien Financing for Building Energy Efficiency”
- Josh Lasky, “Free Bikes for Every Secondary Student”
- Mark Buscaino & Maisie Hughes, Casey Trees, “Tree Suitabilty and Benefits Technology”
- Joshua Lichtman & Dana Mathews, USGBC National Chapter Region Emerging Green Builders, “Self/Sustain Hotel for Homeless”
- Chuck Cushman, GW College of Professional Studies,“Sustainable Community Development Curriculum”
- Ed Merrifield, Potomac Riverkeeper & Dottie Yunger, Anacostia Riverkeeper “Watershed Footprint and Disclosure”
- Lily Russell, WSP Energy & Environment, “Comprehensive Carbon Management for D.C.”
- Open Mic/Discussion (11-11:30 am)
- Audience invited to share ideas/solutions/feedback
If you would like more information about the Policy Greenhouse or would like to participate, please contact Dave Zvenyach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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