Purchasing from local small businesses gives you the satisfaction of knowing exactly where your dollars go, and many of the homegrown DC-area companies in this gift guide are on the cutting edge of sustainable manufacturing as well, which means buying their products over mass-produced items made far away is scoring a win for the environment. So whether you’re shopping for a holiday, for a host/hostess gift, or just looking to restock your cupboards with products you can feel good about, our list contains some local gems as well as some unique national companies we admire.
The fourth annual School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) last week brought out nearly 1000 people to the Fairfax campus of George Mason University to learn and share about environmental stewardship.
The event was a joint project of NoVA Outside, Earth Force and the George Mason University Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center. The goal was to provide K-12 students with the opportunity to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities and to showcase their ingenuity to solve environmental problems by reducing waste, conserving energy, providing habitat for animal species, creating sustainable food programs, cleaning watersheds and more. More than 500 students from 47 schools participated.
What a relief to have some warm temperatures and sunshine to start off the week. It was no fun to have such a warm day last Thursday and then shiver back into our winter coats again on Friday. This week is spring break for many around our area. Others’ breaks will start on Friday. If you’re anything like me, the biggest “break” about a break from school is not having to cook so much that you have enough leftovers to send in your child’s lunch the next day! I normally feel like I could never hack it as a homeschooler, but whenever I get a break on food prep, I can see the appeal!
Still, there are a lot of reasons why I have my children in public school, and one of them is because I want to be an agent for change and an advocate for healthy living for all children. Next week, two events will showcase efforts to expand the reach of gardening and nutrition programs and outdoor learning in Northern Virginia.