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On Monday, 9/14, CarbonfreeDC hosted the Extreme Green Neighborhood Makeover launch event in the neighborhood of Deanwood.

Several participating families, community partners, business sponsors and CarbonfreeDC members celebrated the official start of our home makeovers.

Check out the pictures below! Special thanks to Sylvia Brown (ANC7C-04 Commissioner), Stella Tarnay of DDOE and Anca Novacovici of Eco Coach for sharing their words and support!
 
 
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CarbonfreeDC was thrilled to find out that we were included in a Time.com article on "New Ways to Make a Difference."

Several websites and organizations were mentioned in the piece, including In Our Backyard and AllforGood.org. It is an honored to be mentioned alongside these notable groups.

What did Time.com say about Carbonfreedc? Join a neighborhood volunteer group like Brooklyn's In Our Backyard and Washington's CarbonfreeDC, which help groups of friends partner on projects — like planting gardens and teaching people how to green their homes — and have some fun along the way.

Check out the article for yourself now!

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E2CO House (pronounced Eco House) is contributing energy audits to the Extreme Green Neighborhood Makeover. We caught up with Zach Dobelbower, President of E2CO House to ask him about his business, why they're helping CarbonfreeDC and what an energy audit is.
 
 
Last night, September 3, CarbonfreeDC Advisory Committee members met to review Extreme Green Neighborhood Makeover applications and begin randomly choosing the recipients of the makeovers.
 
 
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To carry out the Extreme Green Neighborhood Makeover, we will be working with many partners from the community.  Meet GreenDMV, one of our main organizational partners.

GreenDMV is a non-profit organization seeking to promote sustainability as a pathway out of poverty in low-income communities across America.  One way GreenDMV does this is through their green job training program - The Green Job Corps.  

We are proud to announce that the first graduating class of this program will be helping us with the Extreme Green Neighborhood Makeover as their first green job assignment!  

 
 
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The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) has partnered with CarbonfreeDC in an effort to green 20 homes in the Deanwood and Shaw neighborhoods.

DDOE already offers a wide range of services geared toward helping low-income residents green their homes. In addition to assistance in procuring energy-efficient appliances and improving home weatherization, DDOE offers free energy audits, rebates for renewable energy systems and more.

"CarbonfreeDC is grateful for this partnership with the District Department of the Environment," said CarbonfreeDC Executive Director Rhys Gerholdt. "This project mirrors DDOE's dedication to helping Washington families reduce their energy costs while making their homes healthier and more eco-friendly."

Read more on the DDOE partnership with CarbonfreeDC.

 
 
CarbonfreeDC Media Director Brandon Fuller was interviewed today on ABC News Channel 8's afternoon talk show "Let's Talk Live." The purpose of the interview was to remind everyone that Friday is the deadline for Extreme Green Neighborhood Makeover applications. If you or someone you know lives in Shaw or Deanwood and needs a green makeover, download the application now!
 
 
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Save big on your energy bills and improve your family’s health--apply for a green home makeover by CarbonfreeDC! 

We're selecting 20 families in the Shaw and Deanwood neighborhoods and will invest $1,000 worth of equipment—of the family’s choosing—in each house. We will also provide an energy audit (worth $500) and dozens of hours of donated time by professionals and experienced volunteers. Read more about the benefits of the green makeover, view the application requirements and contact your neighborhood sponsor.

 
 
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There is so much exciting coverage of the Extreme Green Neighborhood Makeover lately, we can't believe it!

A few days ago we shared with you Rhys' radio interview with National Geographic Weekend. Today we are happy to announce that Treehugger.com, a leading environmentalist website, mentioned our project as one of the winners of the National Geographic competition. They only mentioned two of the winners, so this is a big deal.

Check out the story!

 
 
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Last night in the Tabernacle Baptist Church basement, CarbonfreeDC hosted its first community meeting for the residents of Deanwood. The meeting was designed to inform local families about the Extreme Green Neighborhood Makeover happening in their neighborhood, and invite them to participate. 

Rhys Gerholdt led the discussion at the meeting and shared with the audience the goals and importance of the project. There is a lot of interest in the Makeover in Deanwood and it looks like we won't have a problem identifying 10 qualifying homes. 

The next step in the project will be reaching out to residents in Shaw.