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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Here’s what we’re working on in Washington, DC:

Moms Clean Air Force Washington, DC brings attention to issues and policies that impact clean air, climate change and children’s health.  We fight for a world free of harmful chemicals in our air, water and food, so children can grow up healthy with every opportunity to thrive.  We educate and activate moms and their families to work with local, state and federal leaders to advance clean air policies and climate solutions.  We are building a community of moms who care by meeting with elected officials, organizing and attending local events, speaking at community meetings and press conferences, and serving as a media resource on behalf of our children’s and community’s health.  By collectively speaking out against air pollution and climate change, we are creating a powerful force in the DC area that is rooted in the love we have for our children.

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.

Washington, DC, is at the forefront of cities nationwide when it comes to promoting clean energy and reducing climate pollution. Moms Clean Air Force is organizing parents to reduce fossil fuel pollution and create a more just and sustainable economy for all through the passage of a landmark climate change bill, the “Clean Energy DC Act,” which was introduced in July 2018 in the DC Council. Under the act, the nation’s capital would adopt one of the most aggressive carbon-cutting targets in the country, providing a showcase example for climate action at the local level. It will put DC on the path to 100% renewable electricity by 2032, and will fund local sustainability initiatives, decrease harmful climate pollution, and support low-income residents. Moms Clean Air Force has been meeting with city council members, testifying at hearings, and participating in visibility events to push for passage of this bill, helping to show the groundswell of support for strong, health-protective climate action.

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.

Please join us in this fight for cleaner air and climate solutions in DC.

Progress and Partnerships in DC

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.

Moms Clean Air Force Programs in DC

Our Moms & Mayors program connects moms with their mayors and local leaders to improve children’s health and build resilient communities.  We educate, empower and mobilize Moms in their hometowns to work with their local elected leaders to implement clean air strategies, reduce toxins in the community and take action on climate change.   We also train Moms to join boards and commissions and urge them to run for office.

Our Baby Power program educates and engages expectant and new moms on our issues with the message:  every baby has the power to make you want to change the world.

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

Stopping the Rollbacks of Environmental Protections:  We are working hard to oppose the assaults on our bedrock environmental laws by the Trump Administration and the EPA Administrator, including:

  • Climate Change: We are fighting the Trump Administration’s attempt to repeal America’s Clean Power Plan that sought to reduce carbon emissions, decrease dangerous co-pollutants, and achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
  • Smog: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s EPA proposal to weaken national smog standards.
  • Clean Cars: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back sensible fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. The current clean car standards would prevent 6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution by 2025 and save American families $1.7 trillion in fuel costs.
  • Mercury: We are opposing the attempt by the Trump Administration to loosen regulations that reduce the harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.
  • Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to implement the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016) that keeps toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day.
  • Natural Gas Pollution: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back Federal methane rules for new sources, weakening the limits on the amount of methane pollution that the oil and gas industry is allowed to vent, leak and burn. We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.
  • EPA Budget: We are fighting to ensure the EPA budget is fully funded, opposing the Trump Administration’s proposal to gut its budget by more than 25%.

Fighting to Make Climate Progress:

  • Clean Energy: We are working to build support at the local, state and federal level to ensure that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health.
  • Climate Action:  With America’s departure from the historic Paris Climate Agreement, the responsibility for climate action now falls on others: States, municipalities, businesses, universities and communities. With the federal government surrendering its chance to lead on climate action, our states must be as aggressive as possible in the effort to thwart global warming and protect the health of our children.  

According to the American Lung Association’s 2018 State of the Air report, Washington, DC received an F in ozone quality

Rates of asthma in D.C. are higher than the U.S. average (16% vs. 14%). More than 10,000 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

Dance Like a Glacier

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON November 2, 2018
This was written by Jeremy Deaton. It originally posted on Nexus Media: Eighteenth century French choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre once wrote, “A fine picture is but the image of nature; a finished ballet is nature herself.” Noverre was arguing for the immediacy of dance. Twenty-first century American choreographer...

TOPICS: Climate Change, Washington DC

Climate Change Increases Wildfires: Find Out How Your Region Is Affected

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON July 27, 2018
This wildfire resource is from Climate Signals: Climate change has increased the risk of wildfires through warmer temperatures and drier conditions that lengthen wildfire season, increase the chances of a fire starting, and help a burning fire spread. Warmer and drier conditions also contribute to...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Alaska, California, Children's Health, Climate Change, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Great Lakes, Heat and Extreme Weather, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New England, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Science, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, Washington State, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Mother and Son Join “People Over Polluters” Forum in Washington, DC

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON July 16, 2018
Hundreds of families joined our 5th annual Play-In for Climate Action and met with their Senators and Representatives on Wednesday, July 11th. National Field Manager, Trisha Sheehan and her 12 year old son, Logan, appeared before the Democratic Environmental Message Team and Leader Nancy Pelosi at the “People...

TOPICS: Activism, Air Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, MCAF News, Politics, Pollution, Toxics, Washington DC

Play-in for Climate Action 2018 Photos and More!

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON July 15, 2018
We were excited to host our 5th annual Play-In for Climate Action this week. Hundreds of parents and children from 30 states gathered near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC to call for meaningful action on climate change. This family-friendly protest against the air pollution that...

TOPICS: Activism, African-American Community, Air Pollution, Alaska, Asthma, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Colorado, Environment, EPA, Florida, Georgia, Great Lakes, Heat and Extreme Weather, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Latino Community, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, MCAF News, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Motherhood, Nevada, New England, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Politics, Pollution, Social Justice, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, Washington State, Wisconsin, Wyoming
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Past Events

December 2018:

Moms Clean Air Force DC members attended the “Solving Our Climate Change Crisis” national Town Hall in Washington, DC.

November 2018:

Moms Clean Air Force DC participated in a tree planting with Ecomadres at Ladybird Johnson Park in DC.

October 2018:

Field organizer, Liz Brandt testifiedin support of the DC Clean Energy Act at DC City Hall.

Moms Clean Air Force DC area members participated in a climate Rally with UMC in Frederick, MD.

Field organizer, Liz Brandt testified in support of the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018.

Moms Clean Air Force DC participated in “Climate in the Pulpit” activities at a local church.

Moms Clean Air Force DC participated in a United Methodist Women DC/MD regional climate event in Fredrick, MD.

Moms Clean Air Force DC hosted a Cafecito to celebrate the launch of Ecomadres.

September 2018:

Moms Clean Air Force DC members attended the “Put a Price On It” press conference at DC City Hall.

Field organizer, Liz Brandt tabled and spoke at the Chevy Chase Village Green Fair in Maryland.

August 2018:

Moms Clean Air Force DC-area members gathered near the Department of the Interior to bring awareness to the link between climate change and forest fires.

July 2018:

Moms Clean Air Force DC participated in Zero Hour Youth Climate events.

Moms Clean Air Force DC attended the Censored Science conference.

Moms Clean Air Force hosed the fifth annual Play-In for Climate Action on Capitol Hill.

June 2018:

Moms Clean Air Force DC attended a Clean Cars forum in Fairfax with the Sierra Club.

May 2018:

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

Field organizer, Liz Brandt attended the Symposium on Environmental Justice at UMD.

April 2018:

DC area Moms Clean Air Force members attended a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing featuring EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt.

Field organizer, Liz Brandt spoke at a rally at the EPA hosted by AFGE, a union representing EPA employees.

Field organizer, Liz Brandt led workshops for 60 public high school students at a climate summit in Silver Spring, MD.

Moms Clean Air Force DC tabled at an Earth Day event at the Pentagon.

Moms Clean Air Force DC members participated in a Carbon Price lobby day.

March 2018:

Moms Clean Air Force DC area members testified at a hearing on the proposed adoption of a cap and trade standard to limit carbon pollution from Virginia power plants.

Moms Clean Air Force DC members joined the Rally for Undocumented Youth.

February 2018:

Moms Clean Air Force DC joined United Methodist Women in Annapolis to advocate for the Clean Energy Jobs Act.

Moms Clean Air Force DC co-sponsored and tabled at the Taking the Environment Black conference.

Moms Clean Air Force joined Chispa to travel to the Maryland legislature in Annapolis to deliver petitions from the Chispa “Clean Buses for Healthy Ninos” campaign.

January 2018:

Moms Clean Air Force attended a Senate Environment and Public Works committee hearing featuring testimony from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Field consultant, Liz Brandt spoke at an English/Spanish Chispa “Healthy Homes Healthy Communities” event at Rosa Parks elementary in Hyattsville, MD.

Moms Clean Air Force DC area members attended the DC Auto Show to call on automakers to stop the rollback of clean car standards.

Moms Clean Air Force members testified at a hearing focused on America’s Clean Power Plan in Annapolis.

December 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force DC tabled with Chispa at the Langley Park Christmas Bazaar.

Moms Clean Air Force DC area members attended a House Environment Subcommittee hearing featuring EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Prior to the hearing, field consultant, Elizabeth Brandt spoke at a rally and press conference nearby.

Moms Clean Air Force members testified at a hearing on glider trucks at EPA headquarters in Washington, DC.

Moms Clean Air Force DC dropped holiday cards to members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

November 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force co-sponsored a town hall focused on asthma in Langley Park, MD.

October 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force DC tabled at an advocacy event at the Georgetown Patagonia store.

Moms Clean Air Force DC attend a “We can’t wait” carbon pricing rally.

September 2017:

Field consultant, Liz Brandt spoke at a 350 Loudoun gathering in Leesburg.

Moms Clean Air  Force hosted a free concert with Latin GRAMMY Award winning children’s musician, Mister G at All Souls Church, Unitarian.

Moms Clean Air Force DC hosted a Play-In for Our Common Home in Northern Virginia.

Moms Clean Air Force DC  cosponsored the Naturally Latinos Conference with the Audubon Naturalist Society.

Moms Clean Air Force DC  participated in the National Cathedral Interfaith walk.

Moms Clean Air Force DC members testifyied at an EPA hearing on car emission standards.

August 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force DC tabled at the Reston Farmer’s Market.

Moms Clean Air Force DC tabed at the Baltimore Vegan Soul Festival.

Moms Clean Air Force DC attended a screening of the Inconvenient Truth sequel in Northern Virginia.

July 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force members testified at an EPA Public Hearing on the Oil and Gas New Source Performance Standards: Proposed Three-Month Stay and Two-Year Stay held at the William Jefferson Clinton-East U.S. EPA building.

Moms Clean Air Force hosted the fourth annual Play-In for Climate Action in Washington, DC with over 500 families in attendance.

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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