Whether you’re new to the DC area or looking for ways to green your life, here are some sustainable options to gain the knowledge, skills and access needed to increase your green lifestyle.
DC Environmental Education Consortium
DCEEC culls together teachers, schools and environmental education providers to create a network of education resources that contribute to a sustainable future. With input from businesses, universities and policy makers, DCEEC offers grants and plenty of links to grants and funding for those who wish to forward their green initiatives. It’s also a great place to find eco-friendly jobs and internships.
DC’s Field to Fork Network
DC’s Field to Fork Network is a collection of agriculturally focused organizations all working towards sustainable food in the Washington, DC area. Whether you’re looking for places to source local ingredients or to get involved in charities that feed the underserved populations in the DC area, DC’s Field to Fork is a good place to start. It has an events calendar on the site and a blog of recent activities. If you’re looking to start or find a community garden, be sure to check out the plethora of information available.
Greenease is a searchable database of local DC restaurants that make green practices a part of their business model. From local farms to organic food coops, all of the restaurant claims are vetted so that eco-conscious Washingtonians can easily make a decision on where to spend their dining dollars at more than 400 restaurants. Users can search by neighborhood, type of cuisine and even dietary needs like gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan.
Located in the Brightwood area of DC on Georgia Avenue, Healthy Bites offers takeout, delivered meals and catering for those that wish to eat in a more healthy and sustainable way, but don’t have the time to. More than just making food, Healthy Bites believes in teaching people to build a better lifestyle through its health coaching. Certified Health Coach Bonnie Coberly works with patients to achieve their healthy goals through individualized dietary and nutritional education.
Love & Carrots
Washington, DC-based founder Meredith Sheperd began Love & Carrots as a way to give Washingtonians the knowledge and assistance needed to start their own garden. From yards to restaurants, Love & Carrots’ portfolio includes the garden at Big Bear Café in Bloomington and Shaw Children’s Hospital. Whether you need to start your first garden, revitalize an existing one or create an environment for honeybees, the team at Love & Carrots can get you there.
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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture
Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.