by Borderstan.com April 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,226 0

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From Luis Gomez.

More than 60 teams about 300 people turned out Saturday for the 2012 Green Rush Scavenger Hunt, which kicked off in Logan Circle at 2:30 pm. Teams of two to five people competed in challenges and decoded clues for a chance to win a $1,000 Grand Prize. There were additional prizes as scavengers checked in along the way at participating green businesses.

It was all part of Earth Day 2012 activities, which was officially Sunday. In addition to the Grand Prize, prizes included a Foodie Award, a Green Spirit Award, an Orange you Green Award and a Mow Down Thrown Down Award.

“Green Rush and our FWD: Your Fashion clothing drive were tremendous successes for Live Green and the green community at large. Participants had a ton of fun, Goodwill received a tremendous outpouring of support, and local green businesses got great exposure to new customers. Add in a fabulous after-party and it’s hard to think of how people could have had a more meaningful and enjoyable Earth Day weekend,” said Steve Ma, board president and co-director of Live Green.

Event sponsors and coordinators were Live Green and Clean Currents, which sells wind power to residential and business customers. Other local businesses sponsoring Saturday’s Earth Day event were The Bike Rack on Q Street, Cafe Green on 17th Street, Base Camp on 18th Street and Local 16 on U Street NW.

In addition, Saturday marked end of a month-long drive by Live Green and Repax. Since mid-March, DC residents leaving clothes in bins at green businesses and apartment buildings throughout the city as part of the FWD: Your Fashion Clothing Drive. More than 7,000 lbs of donations were collected, making this drive DC’s largest community clothing drive in support of Goodwill. Additional donations were accepted Saturday before the pick up at Logan Circle.

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by Borderstan.com April 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm 1,159 0

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Drop off clothing on Saturday, 11 am to 1:30 pm, before the Green Rush Scavenger Hunt. (Luis Gomez Photos).

There is still time to drop off clothing as part of a month-long clothing drive for Goodwill that ends Saturday. You can deliver clothing from 11 am to 1:30 pm just east of Logan Circle.

The clothing drive was coordinated by Live Green and Repax and will end at Saturday afternoon’s Green Rush Scavenger Hunt. The event begins at 2:30 pm at Logan Circle is part of 2012 Earth Day celebrations in DC. (See Earth Day Starts Saturday with Green Rush Scavenger Hunt.)

The clothing drop off site is just East of Logan Circle, near the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue, P Street and 12th Streets NW. Contact Steve Ma, Live Green, 202-361-3946 or stevejamesma[AT]gmail.com.

(Image courtesy of Live Green)

The clothing drive concludes a month-long drive by Live Green and Repax. Since mid-March, DC residents have been dropping off clothes in bins at green businesses and apartment buildings throughout the city as part of the FWD: Your Fashion Clothing Drive.

More than 5,000 lbs of donations have been collected, making this drive DC’s largest community clothing drive in support of Goodwill. As part of Live Green and Clean Currents’ Green Rush, an eco-themed scavenger hunt, participants will help to deliver the donations to Goodwill’s truck.

About Saturday’s Green Rush Scavenger Hunt

Green Rush is sponsored by two local entities — Live Green and Clean Currents (which sells wind power). Green Rush begins at Logan Circle at 2:30 pm and ends with a party at 5:30 pm at Liv at 2001 11th Street NW. (You can also get more information on the Live Green Facebook page.)

Teams of two to five people will compete in challenges and decode clues for a chance to win a $1,000 Grand Prize. You need to register and buy tickets for the scavenger hunt. There are also volunteer opportunities if you don’t want to take part in the hunt.

Other local businesses helping sponsor the event are The Bike Rack, Cafe Green, Base Camp and Local 16.

by Borderstan.com April 16, 2012 at 7:55 am 1,743 0

From Mary Burgan. Email her at mary[AT]borderstan.com.

What are you doing this weekend? Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day around the world, the 42nd Anniversary of the first one, to be exact. There a number of activities in the neighborhood and in DC, starting on Saturday the 21st right in Logan Circle.

Take the Ecological Footprint Calculator test on the Earth Day website to see what your own impact is on the Earth. It’s a fun and enlightening exercise. Warning: You may not be pleased with your results!

Saturday: Green Rush Scavenger Hunt Starts in Logan Circle

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The Green Rush Scavenger Hunt kicks off in Logan Circle this Saturday at 2:30 pm. (Image courtesy Live Green)

If you like sticking around the neighborhood on Saturday, the day before Earth Day, you can join a scavenger hunt called Green Rush, sponsored by two local entities — Live Green and Clean Currents (which sells wind power). Green Rush begins at Logan Circle at 2:30 pm and ends with a party at 5:30 pm at Liv at 2001 11th Street NW. (You can also get more information on the Live Green Facebook page.)

If you and at least one other person are interested, start planning now — there are certain “green rules” for participating. Teams of two to five people will compete in challenges and decode clues for a chance to win a $1,000 Grand Prize. You need to register and purchase tickets for the scavenger hunt. There are also volunteer opportunities if you don’t want to take part in the hunt.

As part of Green Rush, there is even a Foodie Award: “Teams that indulge in samples at all restaurants participating in the Green Rush will be added to a raffle to win $30 gift certificates to Pete’s Apizza (2 available) or a $100 gift certificate to Cafe Green.” There is also a Green Spirit Award, an Orange you Green Award and a Moe Down Thrown Down Award, in addition to the $1,000 Grand Prize.

Other local businesses helping sponsor the event are The Bike Rack, Cafe Green, Base Camp, Local 16.

Saturday: Anacostia Watershed Cleanup

Saturday, April 21 is annual clean up day of the Anacostia River and watershed: “Join the Anacostia Watershed Society and other local organizations as we work to clean up the Anacostia River and its tributaries in honor of Earth Day. Last year, more than 2,000 volunteers helped us remove more than 42 tons of trash from the river!” This year’s clean up is from 9 am to noon at about 40 sites throughout the Anacostia Watershed in DC, and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland.

Sunday: Mobilize the Earth Event on the National Mall

The Mobilize the Earth event is on the National Mall from 11 am to 7 pm — there with big names in entertainment and public life, energy-saving demonstrations and more.

Sunday: National Zoo Events

Go to the National Zoo for a variety of events. Meet the Zoo’s Green Team experts, participate in green-themed crafts and learn simple daily actions that help you enjoy a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

More Earth Day Activities and Ideas

If you want to plan something more personalized to celebrate Earth Day, the organization’s website offers a number of other ideas for individual and collective efforts on April 22 — with kids, family, friends or civic/church groups. You can take the Ecological Footprint Calculator test to see what your own impact is on the Earth. It’s a fun and enlightening exercise. Warning: You may not be pleased with your results!

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