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Shopping locally helps cut down on processing, packaging, and transportation waste...which leads to less pollution. Click here for a detailed infographic on the economic impacts and benefits of buying local.

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Through advances in technology, many items can now be recycled. Click here for a list of items from Waste Management that can be thrown in those green or blue recycle bins.

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By installing efficient water fixtures and regularly monitoring leaks, households can reduce daily indoor water usage by up to 45 gallons/day. Here are some statistics from the US Geological Survey that explain everyday water use.

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The US consumes enough plastic straws to wrap around the earth's circumference 2.5x per day! The One Less Straw campaign strives to educate the public about the harmful effects of single-use straws on our health, the environment, and our oceans.

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CTA is going green! We are proud to announce that we'll be celebrating Earth Month this year with a few very special events currently in the planning stages. We'll be updating this page as more details are confirmed, but take a look at what we have in store so far:

Image result for earth icons  Join us on Wednesday, 4/18 for a special Earth Month Sippy Hour at Screwtop Wine Bar from 6:30-8:30pm. Wendy Buckley, wine sommelier and CEO received media acclaim last year for her #GREENSIPS initiative, an eco-conscious campaign that showcased assortments of organic wines during the month of April. They'll be giving members 50% off wine bottles during happy hour, as well as 10% off any retail purchase from their gift shop. Choose from a variety of gift sets, charcuterie, inspired cheeses, and meal platters. We encourage you to spread awareness that eco-friendly wines can taste great...just use the hashtag #GREENSIPS in your social media postings.

Image result for earth icons  We're hosting our first-ever Earth Day Invitational Tournament on Saturday, 4/21 at Rock Creek Park @ 2pm, consisting of an all-day round-robin tournament for select members of CTA. Winners of each division (5) will be honored with a special Earth Day trophy and prize packages from local businesses whose mission is to offer products/services certified as eco-friendly and/or acquired locally in an effort to support Earth Month in April. Stop by during the day to cheer on your favorite CTA players and enjoy the excitement!

Image result for earth icons  Also in the works is our annual Spring Social the following Saturday, 4/28 at the Arlington YMCA @ 7pm for the entire membership, consisting of 5 hours of FREE tennis, socializing, club announcements, and raffle prizes! 

  • We're happy to welcome Greenplate Catering to our spring social, a local Maryland business centered around sustainability and environmental stewardship (green products, recycled paper, renewable sources, energy conservation, organic, etc). 
  • According to the Container Recycling Institute, more than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills or incinerators EVERY DAY, despite the availability of recycling centers. In an effort to curb plastic waste and consumption, CTA will not be offering bottled water. Instead, we encourage members to bring their CTA water jugs they received as a gift last year (or any other vessel of choice) and to use facility water fountains available in the hallways. If you did not receive your gift jug, please contact us. If you plan to attend, please sign up to get an accurate head count for refreshments. RSVP here.
  • Also joining our spring social event is Community Forklift, DC's nonprofit reuse warehouse. Volunteers will be onsite to collect donations of gently-used gardening supplies, hardware, and small home repair items. It's a great reason to clean out your garage, potting sheds, or the basement. Community Forklift provides low-cost building materials to the public and offers vintage materials to restoring old homes. They distribute free supplies to local nonprofits, schools, community gardens, and neighbors in need. By contributing to this collection effort, you will be supporting their community outreach efforts by reducing waste, creating green jobs, and making repairs affordable. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information on what they accept, click here.   
    Please note: Community Forklift will only have one staff person in attendance with a car, so if you have heavy items like a cast-iron bathtub, a pallet of bricks, or an entire kitchen of cabinets, you may schedule a free pickup appointment on another day through their website.


Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950 and there's enough leftover to bury Mahattan under more than two miles of trash. Plastics don't break down like other man-made materials...three quarters of it ends up as waste in landfills, littered on land, and floating in oceans lakes and rivers. You can imagine the severe environmental impact plastics have on wildlife and other natural resources.

Below is a short clip visualizing how much of an impact plastic waste has on the environment.


Great progress has been made in achieving high air quality standards. One sign of this progress is that visible air pollution is less frequent and widespread than it was in the 1970s. However, air pollution can be harmful even when it's not visible. Newer scientific studies have shown that some pollutants can harm public heath at very low levels. 

The air we breathe is cleaner than ever, thanks to cleaner power plants and vehicles. That milestone is all the more impressive when considering progress has been achieved in spite of increases in population, energy use, and miles driven. Still, nearly 40% of Americans (roughly 125 million people) live in areas where the air is unhealthy to breathe. You can view these findings in the recent annual 'State of the Air' summary by the American Lung Association. Click here for the 2017 report.





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