UNICEF TAP PROJECT MARCH 22-28 – Turn A Glass of Water Into Something Beautiful

001_gmmb_sewnheart_72Some of you may have seen the outdoor signs around DC and the Metro but what the buzz is about is that World Water Week is coming to DC March 22nd – 28th.

World Water Week is a week-long charity event launched by the Tap Project, an initiative of UNICEF, to help address the global crises of poor water sanitation in developing nations. The lack of clean drinking water is the second largest killer of children under five worldwide, causing 4,200 deaths from water-related diseases every day.

During World Water Week (March 22-28, 2009) restaurants here in DC and across the United States will encourage patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free. Every dollar raised provides a child with clean drinking water for 40 days.

Tap DC invites Washington residents and local artists to participate in a large-scale public art project to promote World Water Week in our city. Residents and artists are invited to “turn a glass of water into something beautiful”—creating works of art that demonstrate the transformative potential of a glass of water.

Art may be submitted in the artists’ medium of choice: painting, drawing, poetry, sculpture, video or music. Selected works will be displayed in print, outdoor and television advertising, an art exhibition at the Pepco Edison Gallery, and online at TapDC.org.

What you can do:

Restaurants > Become a Tap Project participating restaurant, we’ll provide support materials to help you engage customers and inform local media about your involvement in this important project.

Volunteers > Register to be a Tap Project Campaign Volunteer and help us recruit and support local restaurants and employers.

Everyone > Create a piece of art to help promote World Water Week. Dine out at a participating restaurant March 22-28. Donate at tapdc.org or text the word “TAP” to 864233 (UNICEF) to make a $5 donation.

For more info visit:

The TAP DC site: http://www.tapdc.org/
Tap DC Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=35356331705
Tap DC Twitter page: http://twitter.com/tapdc

Full Disclosure: I work for the agency promoting World Water Week here in DC. I am also heading up the blog outreach and promotion across the social media sphere.

District Government Offers Funding for Solar, Wind Energy Projects

District residents, businesses, nonprofits and private schools may now
apply for up to $33,000 in assistance to install renewable energy
systems on their buildings. The Green Energy DC Incentive Program is
the first of a series of upcoming initiatives to support clean energy
technology. The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) will
provide up to $2 million for each of the next four years, beginning
immediately with solar photovoltaic and wind turbine systems.

Incentive payments are based on the amount of electricity the
renewable energy system generates. Projects must be completed within
six months of application. DDOE expects to be able to offer incentives
for solar thermal, geothermal, biomass and methane recovery systems in
the next several months.

For more information and a downloadable packet of application
materials, visit Green Energy DC

For more information, contact the DDOE Energy Office at (202) 673-6700 or greenenergy@dc.gov

Middle Class Task Force

From the White House Blog

Friday, January 30th, 2009 at 11:17 am

A strong middle class = a strong America

The mortgage crisis. Wall Street. The loss of millions of jobs. In this economic crisis, the middle class is getting hit from all angles.

That’s why the President created a Middle Class Task Force and asked his right hand man, Vice President Joe Biden, to lead it.

The Vice President lays out the goals of the Task Force in an op-ed appearing this morning in USA Today, which you can find on the Task Force’s new site.

Even though the middle class has been pummeled by this crisis, there are steps we can take to make sure the recovery doesn’t just benefit the wealthy, like past expansions. This time around, we’re going to grow the middle class, improve quality of life, and expand the American dream to millions of people who have shouldered the costs of our economy but not reaped its gains.

So take a look at the new website of the White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families to learn more, and be sure to leave your comments and ideas.

Comment on the The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009

If you would like to read the full text of the legislation and comment:


Obama Signs Equal-Pay Bill – washingtonpost.com

Obama signs bill making equal-pay lawsuits easier
The Associated Press
Thursday, January 29, 2009; 12:33 PM


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed an equal-pay bill into law Thursday before cheering labor and women leaders who fought hard for it and the woman whose history-making lawsuit gave impetus to the cause.

Obama, choosing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as the first bill to sign as president, called it a “wonderful day” and declared that ending pay disparities between men and woman an issue not just for women, but for all workers.

With Ledbetter standing by his side, Obama said she lost more than $200,000 in salary, and even more in pension and Social Security benefits that she “still feels today.” He then signed the measure that effectively nullifies a 2007 Supreme Court decision and makes it easier for workers to sue for discrimination by allowing them more time to do so.

“Making our economy work means making sure it works for everyone,” Obama said. “That there are no second-class citizens in our workplaces, and that it’s not just unfair and illegal _ but bad for business _ to pay someone less because of their gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion or disability.” Continue reading ‘Obama Signs Equal-Pay Bill – washingtonpost.com’

Inaugural SmarTrip Cards and One-Day Passes

Metro’s commemorative Obama Inaugural SmarTrip cards and One-Day passes are now available for advanced sale on Metro’s Web site at http://www.wmata.com/fares/purchase/store/

Obama Commemorative SmarTrip® Card

Obama Commemorative SmarTrip® Card

Obama Commemorative One-Day Pass

Obama Commemorative One-Day Pass

DC Tenants Coalition — Reviving a DC Legacy

in honor of a traditional DC institution, the modern revival of a Tenants Rights group is NOW forming and organizing!!!


DC Tenants Coalition is a grass roots group of DC tenants, tenant associations and other concerned persons and groups. It seeks to strengthen tenants rights in the District of Columbia through education, networking and lobbying.

If you’re interested in getting involved and want to help organize for tenants rights, request to join their listserve at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DCTenantsCoalition/

Let them know you heard about it thru Idealist DC!


For a copy of the “Tenant Survival Guide” and other tenants/tenant association resources, visit the DC Office of the Tenant Advocate

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