State of the Air: WASHINGTON, D.C.

Elizabeth BrandtContact Elizabeth Brandt at ebrandt@momscleanairforce.org to learn more or volunteer.

Formerly a Moms Clean Air Force D.C. “Super Mom”, Elizabeth’s love for the environment was inspired by the natural surroundings of Washington State during her childhood. Elizabeth worked for many years as a child welfare social worker in Washington State before becoming a stay at home mom. A mother of two daughters, Elizabeth’s concern about the impact of climate change was heightened after the birth of her first child. 

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WE HAVE MORE THAN 2,126 D.C. MEMBERS

Here’s what we’re working on in Washington, D.C.:

Our Washington, DC chapter engages “Supermoms” from the metropolitan DC region to aid our federal efforts and our local DC policy efforts. Supermoms are highly active members who support our mission, attend events, speak to press, and represent our hundreds of thousands of members in other parts of the country. They volunteer to join legislative visits to Capitol Hill, attend and testify at public hearings, participate in on-the-ground events such as rallies and marches, and contribute their advice and unique skills to our work.

Moms Clean Air Force Washington, DC works closely with allied organizations to raise the call for climate action. We participated in planning the October, 2015, DC People’s Climate Movement’s Day of Action. We fielded a contingent of 16 moms, dads and kids. A total of 400 people participated in this rush hour protest in downtown DC. The action coincided with similar actions in over 100 cities nationwide. The DC event involved protest of the fossil fuel industry’s efforts to obstruct climate action. This was followed by a march and a rally to celebrate local climate activism.

As part of our work to insert the stories and perspectives of moms into the national conversation about climate change, Moms Clean Air Force DC fielded a large and visible contingent of 20 moms and kids to attend the Rally for Climate Justice in September, 2015, to mark Pope Francis’ climate leadership on the day of his address to the US Congress.

Moms Clean Air Force Washington, DC has continued to support America’s Clean Power Plan. In July, 2014, our chapter brought moms to testify at the EPA’s public hearing on the Plan, and drove participation in the Play-In and coalition rally held nearby.  At the end of the comment period in December, 2014, one of our Supermoms helped deliver to EPA boxes containing 175,000 comments from all over the country supportive of the Plan.

Moms Clean Air Force Washington, DC helped win passage in December 2014 of Bill 20-418, the “Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Amendment Act of 2013” through lobbying and blogging. This law will help the District’s renewable energy program invest more in solar and wind, because it eliminates renewable-eligibility status for an energy source called “black liquor” that attracted disproportionate investment yet carries significant climate and health impacts.

Moms Clean Air Force Washington, DC has joined the new DC Asthma Coalition that includes the District’s departments of health and environment, asthma organizations and others.

Moms Clean Air Force Washington, DC is a Media Partner of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.

Moms Clean Air Force Washington, DC operates across sectors and regions, partnering with arts and academic institutions in the District, and also conducting outreach in Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland on behalf of Moms Clean Air Force’s federal work and its work in those adjacent states.

In addition to state-specific work, Moms Clean Air Force DC is supporting national efforts:

Mercury: We are supporting strong limits on harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Climate Change: We are fighting global warming by supporting policies, namely America’s Clean Power Plan, that will reduce carbon emissions and decrease dangerous co-pollutants.

Smog: The District of Columbia is the 8th most polluted metropolitan region for ground-level ozone, out of 277 studied, and 16% of District residents have asthma, compared to 14% nationwide.

Clean Energy: We are ensuring that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health. In the District of Columbia, we are focused on possible legislation to increase the requirement for renewable energy-purchase by local utilities.

Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to keep toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day, through joining local efforts to protect families from toxic chemicals and advocating for strong implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016).

Natural Gas Pollution: We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.

According to the American Lung Association’s 2017 State of the Air report, Washington, DC received an F in ozone quality

In 2016, there were 10 code orange ozone days in Washington, DC

Washington, D.C./Baltimore/Arlington also is 37th most polluted for 24-hour particle pollution, and 40th for annual particle pollution

Rates of asthma in D.C. are higher than the U.S. average (16% vs. 14%). Nearly 17,000 children in Washington, DC have asthma

30% of D.C. high school students report being told they have asthma, compared to 23% nationally

The pollution reductions from the Mercury and Air Toxics rule are expected to prevent up to 15 premature deaths in District of Columbia while creating up to $120 million in health benefits to DC in 2016

By 2080, Washington, D.C. and the Mid-Atlantic region will warm by 3-10 degrees, depending on emissions reductions scenarios, as a result of climate change

Sea levels in the Chesapeake Bay will rise 1 to 3 feet by the year 2100 as a result of climate change, affecting water levels in the tidal portions of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers

Moms Clean Air Force, a Million Moms and Dads Strong

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON May 24, 2017
What makes up Moms Clean Air Force? Over one million Moms nationwide from a diverse range of backgrounds. Driven by the power of Mother Love, Moms Clean Air Force is a force to be reckoned with! MEMBERS STRONG We are thrilled to announce that our membership has...

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Moms Rally Against Attack on Clean Air Protections

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON March 29, 2017
On Tuesday, March 28, the day President Trump signed an executive order that attacked our children’s clean air safeguards, Moms Clean Air Force joined an emergency rally at Lafayette Square, in Washington, DC, near the White House. Parents, children and concerned citizens gathered to show support...

TOPICS: Activism, Air Pollution, Asthma, Carbon Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Act, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Environment, EPA, Motherhood, Politics, Pollution, Washington DC
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Upcoming Events

Monday, July 10: Moms Clean Air Force members will testify at an EPA Public Hearing on the Oil and Gas New Source Performance Standards: Proposed Three-Month Stay and Two-Year Stay held at 1201 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004 in room 1153 of the William Jefferson Clinton-East U.S. EPA building.

Thursday, July 13: Join Moms Clean Air Force for the fourth annual Play-In for Climate Action at Upper Senate Park in Washington, DC.

Past Events

July 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force DC tabled at Mom’s Organic Market.

June 2017: 

Moms Clean Air Force DC area members attended a Senate Appropriations hearing on the EPA budget, featuring testimony from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Moms Clean Air Force DC area members attended a House of Representatives hearing on the EPA budget, featuring testimony from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Field Consultant, Liz Brandt spoke at a rally on Environmental Justice hosted by the Hip-Hop Caucus to protest cuts to the EPA.

Moms Clean Air Force attended an emergency rally at the White House in response to President Trump’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement.

May 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force tabled at Green Festival Expo.

Moms Clean Air Force tabled at Milkshake’s Concert for Mom at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore.

Moms Clean Air Force hosted an art installation and press conference in honor of World Asthma Day at Columbus Circle.

Moms Clean Air Force DC attended the Chesapeake Climate Action Network’s Carbon Pricing Campaign kick-off.

April 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force marched in the Peoples Climate March.

Moms Clean Air Force participated in the March for Science.

March 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force Washington, DC area members attended an emergency rally outside of the White House in response to President Trump signing an executive order that attacks clean air safeguards.

Moms Clean Air Force DC hosted a house party in Takoma Park, MD.

Moms Clean Air Force tabled at a screening of TIDEWATER at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, DC.

Moms Clean Air Force public health policy director, Molly Rauch sat on a panel at the launch of  the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health in Washington, DC.

September 2016:

Field organizer, Julie Hantman attended “On the Front Lines: The Impact of Climate Change on Latino Communities”, sponsored by Bloomberg Government/EDF/Hispanic Federation.

Moms Clean Air Force Washington, DC attended an awards ceremony hosted by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network celebrating the commitment of MD and DC policymakers.

Moms Clean Air Force Washington, DC joined the DC Table that will handle local planning for the People’s Climate Mobilization’s large event tentatively scheduled for April 29, 2017.

Moms Clean Air Force Washington, DC attended a Resources for the Future (RFF) event on carbon pricing.

July 2016:

On Wednesday, July 13 Moms Clean Air Force hosted the third annual Play-In for Climate Action at Upper Senate Park in Washington, DC with over 700 kids and parents in attendance from 50 states.

June 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force Washington, DC hosted a “School’s Out Food Drive” contributing to the over 4,542 pounds of food collected by Moms Clean Air Force chapters nationwide.

Julie Hantman attended the USCAN Annual Conference in Miami.

May 2016: 

Field organizer, Julie Hantman delivered testimony at the DC Council on a package of three clean energy/climate bills.

Field organizer, Julie Hantman attended a Brookings panel on Zika and climate change.

April 2016:

Field organizer, Julie Hantman, provided oral comments to OMB in support of EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for methane.

Moms Clean Air Force tabled at the National Hispanic Medical Association annual conference.

Moms Clean Air Force DC attended a Democracy Awakening rally, to stand up against big money interests in politics, including climate politics.

March 2016:

For the second year, Moms Clean Air Force DC was a media partner to the annual Environmental Film Festival in Our Nation’s Capital. The festival theme for 2016 was “Parks” in honor of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday.

February 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force co-hosted a roundtable discussion on the Prescription for Climate Health. Additional hosts included: Environment America, Alliance for Nurses for Healthy Environments, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and GU Fossil Free.

Moms Clean Air Force members from the DC area and across the country delivered valentines to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, urging EPA to take action on methane pollution from existing sources. Read more about the day HERE.


December 3, 2015:  Moms Clean Air Force Virginia and Washington, DC members gathered at EPA headquarters to deliver thousands of comment cards to EPA thanking them for proposing standards to limit methane emissions from new oil and gas operations. (Our comments also urge them to quickly propose standards pegged to existing operations).


November, 2015:

Field organizer, Julie Hantman gave a presentation to the DC Asthma Coalition on children’s health and climate change.

Moms Clean Air Force tabled during the Grand Opening of MOM’s Organic Market store at 1901 N. Veitch Street, Arlington, VA. The market generously donated 5% of all weekend sales to Moms Clean Air Force.


October, 2015: Moms Clean Air Force DC participated in planning the DC People’s Climate Movement’s ‘Day of Action’ along with a dozen other organizations. We fielded a contingent of 16 moms, dads and kids. A total of 400 people participated in this rush hour protest in downtown DC. The action coincided with similar actions in over 100 cities nationwide. The DC event involved protest of the fossil fuel industry’s efforts to obstruct climate action. This was followed by a march and a rally to celebrate local climate activism.


September, 2015: Moms Clean Air Force DC fielded a large and visible contingent of 20 moms and kids to attend the Rally for Climate Justice. The rally attracted thousands of people to mark Pope Francis’ climate leadership on the day of his address to the U.S. Congress. Our Moms’ contingent enjoyed media interest from the Washington Post, WJLA/ABC-TV and also from videographers at the Natural Resources Defense Council.


July, 2014-2015: Moms Clean Air Force Washington, DC helped drive participation at both the 2014 and 2015 “Play-In for Climate Action” events on Capitol Hill, and supported implementation of this national event. Over 700 people turned out for both Play-Ins combined, which urged Congress to support the Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution by power plants.

Congress

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton

Contact information:

Mayor

Muriel Bowser

Contact information:

  • John A. Wilson Building
    1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • Washington, DC 20004
  • Email: eom@dc.gov
  • Twitter: @MurielBowser

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