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By Alyssa Ritterstein, DC EcoWomen Blog Manager and Communications Committee VC

More than 15 years ago, two women hatched a plan to launch EcoWomen. Today, there are more than 5,000 women in the DC EcoWomen network. Here are a few photos to showcase DC EcoWomen through the years. I hope you enjoy them!

Alisa Gravitz, CEO of Green America, was the speaker at our first EcoHour – a free event where successful women in the environmental field discuss their work (left). In 2005, we heard from various women during our EcoHours. Juliet Eilperin, Environmental Reporter at Washington Post, was one of them (right).

In 2006, we held a Green Halloween Fundraiser. Here’s a picture of our board members at the event at Madam’s Organ (right). In May 2007, we had a spring fundraising date auction at Ireland’s Four Fields (left).

Eco-Outings hiked Old Rag in November 2008 (right).  In December 2008, they went ice skating in a sculpture garden (upper left). By March 2009, Eco-outings took archery lessons (bottom left).

Here’s our Five-Year Gala, held at the National Botanical Garden in June 2009.

In August 2009, DC EcoWomen went tubing (bottom right). We had fun at our 2009 Holiday Party (left), and enjoyed our wine tasting and networking event in April 2010 (upper right).

Our November 2010 EcoHour featured former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, seen here with Kelly Rand, former DC EcoWomen Chair.

Our Spring Wildflower Hike in April 2011 (upper left). In July 2011, we held an EcoMoms meeting (bottom left). By November 2011, former DC EcoWomen President Jessica Lubetsky instructed 20+ women on how to improve their resumes at our resume building workshop (right).

DC EcoWomen volunteered at the Walker Jones urban farm in July 2012 (right). In November 2012, we held a Craft, Chat and Chocolate event (left).

This picture was taken during a session at the May 2013 DC EcoWomen conference – I’m Here, What’s Next?

Our book club – a time when women discuss a book or series of small articles, blogs and podcasts with an environmental angle – met in May 2013 to discuss Silent Spring at the Navy Memorial/National Archives.

DC EcoWomen members tabled during the 2013 Green Living Expo DC (upper left). Our members volunteered at a 2013 coastal cleanup with Women’s Aquatic Network (bottom left). In October 2013, we hosted a locavore potluck (right).

DC EcoWomen coordinated a mentor tea at Hillwood Estate in 2014 (left). We also put on a clothing swap in fall 2015 (right).

DC EcoWomen went behind-the-scenes during a tour of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Sept 2015 (left). We held a rock climbing event in February 2016 (right).

This picture was taken during our August 2016 Board Retreat.

Our Women’s Suffrage Parade Walking Tour in March 2017 (left). We participated in the People’s Climate March in April 2017 (bottom right). We also coordinated a Working Women in American History Bike Tour in May 2017 (upper right).

The Skills-building Leveling Up Workshop in December 2017 (left). DC EcoWomen and Department of Energy’s May 2018 event, which showcased two of the world’s first commercial hydrogen fuel cell cars (right).

Back to where it all began, an EcoHour! This picture is from February 2019 and includes members of our Professional Development Committee and our speaker Stephanie Ritchie, Agriculture and Natural Resources Librarian at the University of Maryland (third from left).

Alyssa Ritterstein is a driven communications professional, with a proven track record of creating and executing successful communications and media relations strategies for nonprofit organizations, associations and a public relations firm. Her career spans various climate, energy and environmental communications work.

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The DC Ecowomen Annual Holiday Party was an exciting kickoff to this year’s holiday season.

On Wednesday night, over 100 women – and men – joined together at Cause, or “The Philanthropub,” for one of the only primarily social events put on by DC Ecowomen.

At the event, we enjoyed finger food, good happy hour specials, and an excellent array of raffle prizes including gifts such as tickets to the National Aquarium, gift cards from MOM’s Organic Market, beautiful jewelry from Eco-Artware, and more.

This party captured the essence of DC Ecowomen. It provided a way for newcomers to DC get involved in the environmental community, and for veterans to expand their network. And in fact, there was a very good proportion of women who said the holiday party was their first DC Ecowomen event. It just goes to show that it’s never too late to get involved in a new community.

Throughout the year, thanks to the events put on by DC Ecowomen, we have the opportunity to learn valuable skills from influential experts about excelling in environmental careers in the city. During the holiday party, we had the chance to meet and learn from each other instead.

It’s inspiring to see all of the women that do such great, important work, and equally wonderful to give these women an outlet to talk about what they are most passionate about.

On the way out, guests were given small gift bags with apple-shaped sugar cookies. More importantly, they were given new friends and connections, and wonderful memories to take with them.

Happy holidays everyone.

Special thanks to the following companies for donating raffle prizes: Eco-artware.com; Divine Chocolate; Casey Trees; Main Event Caterers; MOM’s Organic Market; Chix; National Aquarium in Baltimore; Sarah Brooks; Joyful One Prodcution; Christina Sorrento; Nicole Dvorak.