About Us

In 2003, a group of women in Washington, D.C., recognized a need in their community: for a space to build relationships among professional women in environmental fields.

In April 2004, these women held the very first EcoHour—which, to their surprise, drew a huge crowd of energetic women. That first gathering planted the seeds for a volunteer group called EcWomen—who began organizing monthly speaker events, skill-building workshops, special-interest clubs and outdoor adventures.

Since that very first event, EcoWomen has hosted nearly 100 EcoHours, bringing in respected environmental professionals, including an EPA director, an NPR reporter, a Smithsonian scientist and an internationally-known water rights activist.

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

Mission

To inspire and empower women to become leaders for the environmental community through educational and professional development opportunities.

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

Logo

The apple is a wholesome symbol of ecology and is green to reflect our dedication to environmental issues.

The image of the apple embodies a wide range of environmental concepts, including growth, agriculture, and the reference to Eden. While Eve is sometimes accused for trading self-awareness for paradise, we use this awareness to focus our attention on enviornmental issues.

The tone of the logo is bold, professional and with a good sense of humor, to match our personalities and our approach to making positive environmental change happen.

The logo was designed by Fran Ornstein, an art director with over 25 years years of experience. Ms. Ornstein is currently an independent designer and communications specialist. Her many projects include What’s’sname, playful hand-drawn baby names, and custom calligraphy. She currently lives in Nova Scotia with her husband, where together they built their house out of piles of recycled materials. They have two wonderful children. EcoWomen warmly thanks Ms. Ornstein for designing our beautiful logo.