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On the office coordinators call last night, there was a question about how to involve alumni. These are some of the alumni activities that were suggested: Blogs (1 per week) on RarePlanet group, Google group email listserv, Web magazines with success stories (4 per year), Photo contest on RP and a message to vote sent to alumni network, Alumni visitors during the university phase. What else?
A submission posted by the Ecological Society of America about the strong connection to community as an element of a successful conservation project:
Today in the Washington Post, there was an article on the success of the Bonobo Conservation Initiative's use of local alliances in Congo. BCI has worked with local people and traditions, provided incentives for fieldworkers to protect the animals, and recruited popular Congolese musicians to compose songs about bonobos.
BCI is receiving an award in Copenhagen for their work to establish the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve.
Check out the attached article to read more, and you can access the BCI website at: www.bonobo.org
On Thursday November 12th at 6:30pm at the National Zoo Visitor Center Auditorium, join scientists and conservation leaders to discuss how they are preserving critical forms of corals to avoid extinction, and how they eventually plan to restore these species back into the wild.
The panel includes experts working on all aspects of coral conservation from the Zoo, the University of Houston, the National Marine Fisheries Service, Counterpart International, and Coral Restoration Foundation. Following the lecture, mingle with scientists and international conservation leaders from Belize, the Netherlands, Fiji, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, and the United States including Puerto Rico.
For more information, check out the website: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ActivitiesAndEvents/Lectures/
For three weeks in October 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy will host the Solar Decathlon: a competition in which 20 teams of college and university students compete to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house. The public attends the Solar Decathlon to see the powerful combination of solar energy, energy efficiency, and the best in home design.
On October 10 & 11, the Green Festival will be held at the Washington Convention Center!
The festival will feature speakers, green businesses, workshops, films, and pavilions focused on DC environmental initiatives.