Tag: sustainability

Next steps for the District’s ambitious clean energy law

SUSTAINABILITY | The Clean Energy Act DC passed in January of 2019, and climate activists are now focused on how the law will be implemented, and funded to ensure that it will benefit all residents. (GGWash, 5/8)

The Clean Energy Act DC aims to transition the District to run on 100% renewable electricity by 2032, making it the country’s most ambitious renewable electricity standard … the law also aims to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2032. Activists and experts say it’s important to pay attention to how the law is implemented and funded and that scrutiny is needed regarding equity and accountability regarding the main components of the Clean Energy Act: the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund (SETF), the Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS), Transportation Emissions, and in particular, the Green Bank.

HOUSING | The Washington Housing Initiative has announced its first Impact Pool closing, where investors – leading local developers and banking institutions, including JBG SMITH, Bank of America, PNC Bank, SunTrust, JPMorgan Chase, BB&T, United Bank,Wells Fargo, Bernstein Management, Buchanan Partners, and Bob Buchanan – have committed more than $78 million to support the creation and preservation of affordable workforce housing across the region. (Yahoo Finance, 5/8)

RACIAL EQUITY/PHILANTHROPY | The Consumer Health Foundation not only incorporates racial equity into their grantmaking, but intentionally recruits people most impacted by structural racism onto their board of trustees to deploy those resources. (CHF, 5/7)

HOMELESSNESS | Data from Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments finds that the number of people in Arlington County experiencing homelessness has decreased. (ARLNow, 5/6)

GENTRIFICATION/DC | Go-go’s fight against gentrification is just getting started. This is what it sounds like. (WaPo, 5/8)

ENVIRONMENT | The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments released a report yesterday that says the waters of the Potomac River are getting cleaner but there’s still more work to do. (WTOP, 5/8)

PUBLIC SAFETY | New bills are trying to make District streets safer. (dcist, 5/8)

INCLUSION | How One Non-Muslim Is Working To Make Restaurants More Inclusive During Ramadan (WAMU, 5/8)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Director of Individual Giving | Horizons Greater Washington – New!
Grants Compliance Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter – New!
Director of Communications, Technology, and Administration | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Director of Corporate and Foundation Advancement | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Grants Compliance Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter
Engagement Officer | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Grants and Communications Associate | Neighborhood Health
Senior Manager of Member Engagement and Partnerships | United Philanthropy Forum
Director of Development​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director of Operations​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director, Flamboyan Arts Fund​ | ​Flamboyan Foundation
Membership Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Development Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Communications Director​ |​ Council on Foundations
Learning Engagement Manager​ | ​ Council on Foundations
Program Coordinator | TGR Foundation – A Tiger Woods Charity
Individual Giving Manager | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Senior Program Officer | Potomac Health Foundation

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A picture says a thousand words – 24 magazine covers about climate change

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Local billionaire Bill Conway seeks advice on how to fund lasting impact [News, 9.26.11]

Bill Conway, co-founder of the Carlyle Group who has given more than $6 million to the Capital Area Food Bank, is preparing to give away more than half of his net worth. In doing so, he’s seeking advice on how to achieve lasting impact (WaPo, 9/25):

“So much of what I do now is stopgap. Somebody’s hungry; we give money to the food bank,” Conway said in an interview in his Pennsylvania Avenue office.

Conway is intrigued by a recent suggestion from his wife, Joanne, to use his wealth to create large numbers of productive, self-sustaining jobs for the poor.

“More effective than giving away half my fortune before I die is finding a way to help people have a good-paying job,” he said. That would help not only the newly employed, but also their families and the rest of the community.

Readers – here’s your big chance. If you have an idea, email Conway at inquiries@carlyle.com. Post columnist Robert McCartney wants you to copy him as well – mccartneyr@washpost.com. Let’s see what we can come up with.

COMMUNITY | On Friday, Northrop Grumman cut the ribbon at its new headquarters in Falls Church. Welcome (officially) to the neighborhood! (WBJ, 9/26)

EDUCATION | D.C. parents raise concerns about middle schools (WaPo, 9/26) Bill Turque says, “Without dramatic improvement in middle school quality, the long-term prospects for reform are bleak.”

SUSTAINABILITY | As it begins a new sustainability planning effort, the District is seeking ideas on how to make the city the “greenest, healthiest, most livable city in the country.”

GIVING | Most Americans Believe in Starting Movements Online, Study Says (Chronicle, 9/26) And here employers are trying to limit social networking at the office. The nerve! (WTOP, 9/26)

WORKFORCE | Inflation swallows raises in the Washington area (WaPo, 9/26)

TRANSIT | Here are the top 10 busiest Metro stations. See how many you can guess before you click the link. (WBJ, 9/24) Hint: this list does nothing to explain why there has been single-tracking between Medical Center and Grosvenor nearly every weekend for the last three years.

REMINDER | WRAG members: Don’t forget to join us for a very quick webinar today at 2:30pm about how your foundation can best support Give to the Max Day. Register here.


I learned a valuable lesson this weekend. When the waiter at Lauriol Plaza says, “It’s just a mild grilled jalapeno,” he’s either lying through his teeth or the chef is secretly trying to kill diners. Whatever sort of sinister item really was served was high enough on the Scoville scale to make two grown men cry in front of our girlfriends as we shoveled sour cream and rice into our mouths to combat the raging inferno.

Also, I’m still a bit incredulous about the Redskins’ 2-0 start to the season, so I will refrain from trash-talking the Cowboys. Until tomorrow. Can’t wait for the game tonight though! Hail victory!