About Us

In 2003, a group of Washington, D.C.-area women recognized a need in their community: a space to build relationships among professional women in environmental fields. Soon thereafter, these women held the very first EcoHour speaker event — which, to their surprise, drew a huge crowd of energetic women. That first gathering planted the seeds for an environmental volunteer group called EcoWomen.

The initial group of volunteers continued to grow as the emerging organization began convening monthly speaker events, skills-building workshops, special-interest clubs and outdoor adventures. Since the very first EcoHour event nearly 15 years ago, EcoWomen has hosted 150 EcoHours and the monthly speaker series has become our signature event.

We have brought in countless respected environmental professionals for our members and supporters to learn from, including a former administrator of the EPA, dozens of founders and executive directors of environmental organizations and companies, as well as top environmental reporters, scientists, and environmental justice advocates.

Today, EcoWomen is an incorporated non-profit poised with several local chapters throughout the nation—spreading its branches to connect professional women in every environment.


To inspire and empower women to be leaders for the environment by cultivating an inclusive community that fosters personal and professional development.

DC EcoWomen is the founding chapter of the National Organization, EcoWomen.