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Gala to Make Low-Income Homes 'Green' Rings in DC Green Festival

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The D.C. Green Festival is underway. Supporters of environmental causes kicked it off last night with the Extreme Green Gala.

Nearly 300 well dressed people, mostly twenty-somethings but all very green-minded, mingle in the courtyard of the historic Mott House in Northeast Washington.

The Gala host is Carbon Free D.C., a brand new grassroots campaign raising money to retrofit twenty homes in low-income DC neighborhoods with energy-saving features.

Executive Director Rhys Gerholdt says the one-thousand dollars spent per home goes a long way. "Really what we're trying to prove to the community - even beyond these twenty homes - is that even a small investment in energy efficiency can reap huge rewards financially and environmentally for years and decades to come."

The Green Festival runs all weekend at the D.C. Convention Center. It includes how-to-workshops, music, organic food and beer, and a pavilion to showcase hemp as a sustainable crop.

Mana Rabiee reports...

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