Join us this Saturday and Sunday, Mar 12 and 13, at the Northern Virginia MiniMaker Faire!

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Sustainable Reston will be participating for its third year in the Northern Virginia MiniMaker Faire.  Please stop by our tables near the front cafeteria windows and the front patio at Langston Hughes Middle School to learn about worm composting, emergency energy preparedness, wind and solar energy, and if the sun cooperates we may even be baking with our solar ovens!

Volunteers are needed to help with our set-up on Saturday afternoon (March 12th) and the demonstrations on Sunday.  Put in a few hours with set-up and demos and then see the rest of the fair. Volunteers receive free admission to the fair — but you must let us know you would like to volunteer with Sustainable Reston — we will give you a special wrist band or badge during set-up on Saturday!  We will also train you on our activities and demonstrations at that time.

Please email Karen Elliott: if you would like to to be a Sustainable Reston volunteer at the MiniMaker Faire. 

Voluntary Simplicity Discussion Course: Monday evenings, Jan 25 to Feb 22, Reston’s Walker Nature Center

Please join us for our Northwest Earth Institute Discussion Course “Voluntary Simplicity”, Monday evenings, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, at the Walker NatureVoluntary Simplicity Discussion Book Cover Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston, VA. Course begins January 25 and ends February 22nd. Sign up today!

This 5 session discussion course seeks to help participants identify positive adjustments to daily living as a response to today’s complex dilemmas. Learn to embrace, partially or totally, the tenets of frugal consumption, ecological awareness and personal growth. Explore the distractions that prevent us from caring for the earth, and acknowledge the connection between our lifestyle choices, and the condition of the planet.

Facilitators: Anne Strange and Caitlin Lundquist. Co-sponsored by the Walker Nature Center, Reston Community Center, and Sustainable Reston.

You will receive a workbook with readings and sections to write in your personal reflections to share with the class.

Please sign up as soon as possible!  Reservations needed by January 11th – please email or call if you would like register late – we may still have room for you to participate!

Email: or call 703-476-9689. Registration Fee: $32/person Reston Association members, $42/person non-members, Payable when you pick up your course book or at the first class meeting if you are late registering. This fee includes the $28. NWEI course book.

Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) courses are utilized by more than 300 colleges and universities worldwide and are being offered by community groups throughout the U.S. and including DC, Maryland and Virginia.

NWEI Discussion Course: “Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice, and Sustainability” at Reston’s Walker Nature Center, Monday evenings, Sept 28 – Nov 2nd, Register Now!

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Come join us for this very special course, make new friends, and have thought provoking readings and discussions about how sustainability interacts with peace and justice. Please sign up as soon as possible!  Participants will receive a workbook with readings and sections to write in their personal reflections to share with the class.

The Northwest Earth Institute Discussion Courses have been utilized by more than 300 colleges and universities worldwide and are being offered by community groups throughout the U.S. and including DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Mondays, September 28th to November 2nd, Walker Nature Center, 7 – 8:30 pm “SEEING SYSTEMS: PEACE, JUSTICE, and SUSTAINABILITY”. Six week Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) discussion course connects the dots between three of society’s most pressing challenges and help participants find pathways for powerful change in their lives. Caitlin Lundquist, Sustainable Reston’s Vice President and George Mason University Sustainability Institute Graduate will coordinator and lead this course. $32/person RA members, $42/person non-RA members, fee includes the $27 NWEI book with readings, discussion questions, and response/self-evaluation section. Reservations needed by Sept 17th, call 703-476-9689 and press “5” or email


Other upcoming NWEI Discussion Courses:

    • Mondays, January 11th to February 8th, Walker Nature Center, 7 to 8:30 pm, “VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY” Anne Strange, Sustainable Reston Board Member, home simplification and worm composting expert will be the Coordinator/Leader for this course which will help you simplify your home and life after the chaos of the holidays!  Registration info to be announced in December.
    • Mondays, April 12th to May 10th, Walker Nature Center, 7 to 8:30 pm, “A WORLD of HEALTH” Coordinators/Leaders will be announce in later postings.
    • Tuesdays, January 5th to February 9th, Reston Regional Library, 7 to 9:00 pm, ”CHANGE is OUR CHOICE – CREATING CLIMATE SOLUTIONS”  Co-Sponsored by the Reston Regional Library. Limited to 25 participants plus leaders and guest speakers. If enough interest, this course will be scheduled again. Laurie Dodd and Karen Elliott, Coordinators/Leaders.  Karen previously taught an earlier version of this course – and has taught geosystems and geology at both the high school and college levels, and is the Secretary for Sustainable Reston. Laurie is also a Board Member of Sustainable Reston, an attorney and an environmental advocate.
  • Other: “SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS at WORK” a NWEI Discussion Course, would like to co-sponsor this with RA, Reston Chamber of Commerce, and area businesses and employers.  Jeannie McIntyre and Claudia Wood, Coordinators/Leaders.

Environmental Film Shorts – Aug 7th, Reston Nature House

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Come enjoy the wonderful “Summer Shorts: Environmental Film Festival” at the Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston, VA. 7 pm to 9 pm.  

SEE EARTH IN A NEW LIGHT!  Visit tropical glaciers in Uganda, Climb giant redwoods in California, Meet sustainable farmers, and befriend a whale.

Adults. Free, with a $5 Suggested Donation to the “Friends of Reston”.  Limited seating, call 703-476-9689 for reservations or come early if too late to call this number.

The Snack Bar will be open for you to purchase popcorn, sodas and beer.

Sustainable Reston Meeting – Wed June 10th – 7:30 – 9 pm – Cornerstones

Sustainable Reston Meeting (2nd Wed of each Month), Wednesday, June 10th, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, Cornerstones Conference Room, Cardinal Bank Building, 11150 Sunset Hills Road #211, Reston, VA 20191.

Join us as we 1) formalize our Mission/Vision Statement, 2) report on the June 9th Reston Association Sustainability Working Group meeting, 3) strategize how we can take a more active role in supporting the RA Sustainability Charter, 4) encourage individuals and families, businesses, and local government and organizations to become better environmental stewards and advocates for:

  • water quality, energy and natural resource conservation
  • alternative energy and lowering our dependence on fossil fuels
  • waste and litter minimization (reduce, reuse, recycle, resource recovery, and proper disposal)
  • a more resilient community in the event of flooding, damaging winds, long-term power outages, and other threats which affect the health and well-being of our community.

We will also discuss a new outreach project – hosting a “Sustainability” booth at the Lake Anne Farmers’ Market – to survey/discuss attendees’ sustainability concerns and local issues; expanding our active membership base; and promote upcoming “green living/sustainability” courses and programs in the local area. We are looking for people who would like to teach or lead sustainability-related classes, we might also set up a “Local Sustainability Lecture Series”.

If you like to research/write about environmental issues – we will discuss sponsoring a series of articles on “Local Sustainability – Small Steps can Make a Difference” for the website, Reston Now, and other social media. Come learn about the exciting new project and share your ideas for articles, formatting, media placement, etc.!

We hope you can join us – please contact us at: 

We are also sending out a “Sustainable Reston Meet-Up Notice” and email to our sri-groups about the meeting on Wednesday evening, June 10th.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Sustainable Reston is now scheduled to have regular meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Cornerstones Conference Room, Cardinal Bank Building, 11150 Sunset Hills Road #211, Reston, VA 20191.  We look forward to having you participate in our group!