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Clients in the News – May 2018

by | May 31, 2018 | Avalon Client News

National Geographic Magazine’s latest cover story is all about NatGeo’s multi-year, multi-pronged initiative, “Planet or Plastic?” The organization is taking a comprehensive approach to limiting the use of single-use plastic, outlining its serious impacts on our planet, and providing ways readers and members can get involved. The article describes what NatGeo calls a major environmental crisis, and its initiative includes consumer education and engagement, scientific research, innovative partnerships, and more. To read the article and do your part, visit NatGeo’s website.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is also leading the way in the war against plastic. In a recent local news broadcast on KSTW, MBA’s plans were highlighted for combating the nine million tonsof plastic in our oceans every year: working with 21 aquariums nationwide to reduce the sources of ocean plastic pollution; helping pass a law making California the first state to ban single-use carryout bags; reducing the use of plastic in Aquarium operations; communicating with visitors through exhibits, programs, and volunteer guides about what each of us can to help solve the problem; etc. To learn more about the Aquarium’s anti-plastic initiatives, and what you and your family can do to help, visit MBA’s website.

To continue the environmental theme, we’re thrilled to report that the National Museum of African American History and Culture recently achieved a Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. An article in Smithsonian Magazine outlines “How the Smithsonian’s newest museum set the bar for sustainability in architecture,” including strategic planting of deciduous trees, precise positioning of the iconic corona that sheathes the Museum and delivers sunlight only where it’s wanted, and the fact that 60% of the building is actually below ground, where natural insulation keeps temperatures and humidity at the optimal levels. See the LEED website for more specifics on the fascinating innovative green practices the NMAAHC employed.

The American Horticultural Society will honor its Great American Gardeners and Book Award Honorees at its 2018 Awards Ceremony & Banquet—and you’re invited! Join AHS on Thursday June 21, 2018 from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm at AHS’s River Farm headquarters in Alexandria, VA. Enjoy a summer evening in the spectacular River Farm gardens, then join the outdoor reception overlooking the Potomac, followed by the awards dinner in the tented garden of the Estate House. For more information and tickets, vist AHS’s website.

Exciting news from the National Air and Space Museum: the Museum has a new director, Ellen Stofan. Stofan is the first woman to lead the NASM, and as the former chief scientist at NASA, she brings impressive credentials and a long-term vision to the position. She comes on board at a particularly exciting time, as the Museum launches its first-ever overhaul of its main building on the National Mall, including a facelift for the exterior, and rethinking and modernizing all of its exhibitions inside, both visually and digitally. To read a comprehensive interview with the planetary geologist who now directs NASM and her plans for her tenure, visit CNET’s website.

The Kennedy Center recently announced that on October 21, it will award its 20thannual Mark Twain Prize to the incomparable Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The Prize recognizes people who echo Twain’s impact on American society through their social commentary, satire, humor, and memorable characters. Recognizing her work on TV shows VEEP and Seinfeld, among others, and numerous industry awards and accolades, Louis-Dreyfus joins a star-studded list of 19 other distinguished humorists and performers. Tickets may be hard to come by for this gala evening, but it will be recorded for national broadcast. So check the Kennedy Center’s website for both ticketing and viewing options, as well as videos of performances from past winners’ award galas.

The Rainforest Action Network is taking PepsiCo and Nestle to task in RAN’s recent report, which finds that over 10,000 hectares of peat forest in Borneo have been cleared over the past year to make palm oil – an ingredient found in many of our snack foods. Visit The Grocer website for an article on how these multinational corporations are involved, and how RAN is holding them accountable.

The National Women’s Health Network joined a coalition of public health advocates to ask the National Institutes of Health to shut down an industry-funded alcohol study. Mother Jones is hot on the story, outlining how NWHN and others are putting pressure on NIH to stop a controversial $100-million study of the alleged heart benefits of moderate alcohol consumption—largely funded by the likes of AB InBev (owner of Budweiser) and Diageo, the world’s largest spirits producer. For the full story, visit Mother Jones’s website.

The Environmental Protection Agency will finally enforce new environmental laws designed to clean up pollution where ozone (smog) exceeds defined limits—following a lawsuit brought by the National Parks Conservation Association and nine other conservation and health groups. This situation affects more than 95 national parks, their visitors, and people who live nearby—it can worsen asthma, damage children’s developing lungs, and cause premature death from heart and lung disease. To read more about the successful case against the EPA and the next steps to be taken, visit NPCA’s website.

Last month, Bread for the City—one of the front-line organizations helping to empower poor people in Washington, DC—broke ground on its new, 30,000-square-foot facility in DC’s Ward 8. The new building will offer all of BFC’s comprehensive services: legal assistance, food and clothing, social services, advocacy, and in-house medical care including vision, dental, and behavioral health. This new building will give the organization more room to collaborate and successfully deliver its services. To follow how the building project is going, visit BFC’s website.

 

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