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The River Terrace Park trap only collects floatable waste, an estimated 30 percent of the total solid waste pollution in the Anacostia Watershed.

Eco-Teen Action Network and Anacostia Watershed Society

June 19, 2019 | By: Matthew Capuano-Rizzo

The first of two installments about efforts to clean up the Anacostia River and encourage local policy action in favor of plastic reduction and a circular economy.

Youth Salon

Eco Teen Network to Fight Plastics

December 21, 2018 | Sydney Rico, Teen Coordinator

The Global Co Lab Network is working with the Smithsonian Conservation Commons to connect youth worldwide to fight against plastic pollution.

Clean Creeks Football Club by Robert Rutkai

Clean Creeks Football Club

December 21, 2018 | Robert Rutkai

I realized I couldn’t do it alone, so I called all my friends and created Clean Creeks Football Club (CCFC). Our mission was to rid the Chesapeake Bay of litter through youth led competition and fun

Youth Salon

Smithsonian and Co Lab Team Up to Launch Teen Led Eco Networks

December 21, 2018 | Linda Staheli

The Co Lab and Smithsonian Conservation Commons are organizing design salons to identify teen leaders to build a local teen network and help populate a series of salons on eco topics that will result in teen led virtual rooms called Dream Hubs aligned with Teens Dream!

Earth Optimism Summit 2017 Inter-generational Salons

Earth Optimism Teen Eco Networks

December 21, 2018 | Brian Coyle

Building on the success of six intergenerational "salons" held during the Earth Optimism 2017 summit, the Conservation Commons is again partnering with the Global Co Lab Network to empower teens to lead conservation campaigns in schools and communities across the DC, MD, VA region, while also connecting with teens globally for greater impact.

Photo by MCPA Photos

Small Plastics with Large Consequences

February 17, 2017 | Jian Rzeszewicz

The regulation of microbeads is saving the environment

Earth Optimism:

Earth Optimism: "What's Working in Conservation"

February 1, 2017 | Lauren K. Ward

The global conservation movement has reached a turning point.

Photo by George Lu

Endangered No Longer: The Giant Panda's Remarkable Recovery

January 25, 2017 | Jian Rzeszewicz

The lovable Giant Panda, as of 2016, is no longer considered an endangered species.

Photo by Bert van Dijk

India's New Green Machine

January 13, 2017 | Jian Rzeszewicz

India's unveiling of their new solar power plant might tackle widespread electrical issues across the country and significantly reduce carbon emissions.

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Aquaculture Comes Full Circle

November 21, 2016 | Emily Frost

Until recently we were farmers on land and hunter-gatherers at sea, but how we get our seafood is changing rapidly. With demands for seafood growing and catch from wild fisheries stagnating, aquaculture is an increasingly important player in maintaining seafood as a viable food source around the world. The global aquaculture industry has grown by leaps and bounds since 1980—up 8 percent every year through 2012. In the U.S., roughly half of the fish we eat is farmed, yet almost all of that farmed fish is imported (along with the majority of wild fish).