Saturday, October 8, 2011

Guest Post: Are you ready for the Trash Summit?

by Laura Chamberlin
Program Manager, Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative
Alice Ferguson Foundation

We’ve worked together on cleanups. We’ve worked together to pass bag fees and get stronger regulation. We’ve worked together to improve composting in the region. Let’s continue our efforts to solve the litter problem in the Potomac watershed at the 6th Annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit, on October 19 from 8:30am to 4:30pm at George Mason University’s Founder’s Hall in Arlington, VA.

With an array of roundtables, there is something for everyone. Topics include: policy issues, trash reduction technologies, odd items in our watershed, the regional litter prevention campaign, regulation, and containing waste. Nearly 300 stakeholders will participate including elected officials, community businesses and leaders, NGOs, teachers, government agency leaders, and trash experts to discuss how to create a lasting reduction of litter and waste in the area.

As a working summit, attendees not only have the opportunity to participate in the development of actions, but to commit to taking action for a cleaner and healthier Potomac Watershed. Expect to come away with inspiration and network of people working towards the same -- ending litter.

This year’s summit will also engage and empower local students through the Summit’s Youth Track. Fifty high school students from the DC metro area will have the opportunity to attend a round table discussion proceeded by a briefing, create action items for their own schools, and present discussions to the larger group. Demonstrating the power of youth, the lunchtime keynote address will be delivered by a local middle school student who has been a strong advocate for a clean watershed since she began her campaign at the age of eight.

Will you join us? Will you make a commitment to taking REAL action to reducing litter in the Potomac and beyond? To learn more and register go to

Monday, October 3, 2011

International Coastal Cleanup still underway

While the Ocean Conservancy promoted September 17 as the official day of action for the International Coastal Cleanup, Clean Virginia Waterways is collecting data for the project through October 31. Volunteers who participate also complete data cards, collecting valuable information about the amounts, types, and sources of debris found along the Commonwealth's waterways. CVW uses the data to educate the public on issues of freshwater and marine pollution.

You can sign up to be a Site Captain and organize an ICC cleanup in your community by clicking here.

Saturday, October 1, was Clif Bar's Day of Action, and the kick off to Surfrider Foundation's RAPtoberfest campaign. You can still participate, and win a prize for your activism. Hurry out and pick up one square foot of plastic litter. Arrange it on one of these One Foot at a Time templates, take a picture, and send it to Surfrider before October 14 for a chance to win a great prize from Rusty!