Posts Tagged 'Washington'

America’s Ten Most Energy Efficient Cities

When it comes to going green and adopting alternative energy sources, increasing energy efficiency is incredibly important. After all the cheapest and cleanest unit of energy is one that isn’t used in the first place. The challenge with energy efficiency is more of a financial one. Upgrading buildings and infrastructure to be energy efficient is something that is usually pretty expensive in the short term but pays off over a longer time horizon and that’s a tough call when you have government offices up for election every two years in some cases. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy recently put together a report where they listed the country’s 34 biggest cities in order of energy efficiency. The factors that they considered were local government operations, community-wide initiatives, building policies, utility policies, and transportation policies. What follows is a list of the top ten most energy efficient big cities in the country:

1. Boston, MA
2. Portland, OR
3. New York City, NY
4. San Francisco, CA
5. Seattle, WA
6. Austin, TX
7. Washington, DC
8. Minneapolis, MN
9. Chicago, IL
10. Philadelphia, PA


Red Sox Nation doesn’t waste electricity.

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Ten Best Cities For Recent College Graduates

There are plenty of people who are fresh out of college today many of whom face a difficult job market. That being said, there are certain parts of the country where it is easier to be a fresh grad than others. Nerdwallet recently put together a list of what they feel are the top ten cities in America to be a recent college graduate. The factors that they consider are conventional measures like the availability of jobs in the local economy, the city’s population of people ages 18-24, the median rent for an apartment, the city’s walk score. They also consider more unusual measures like the number of bars per capita, the cost of a 12 inch pizza at Pizza Hut, and the price of a six-pack of Heineken. What follows is their top ten list:

10. San Francisco, CA
9. Chicago, IL
8. Austin, TX
7. Columbus, OH
6. Washington, DC
5. Philadelphia, PA
4. Baltimore, MD
3. Denver, CO
2. Seattle, WA
1. Boston, MA


The many sights of Boston

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10 Best Cities for Finding Employment

In need of a new job? Forbes.com has listed the 10 Best Cities for Employment. These cities were chosen by Adecco Staffing US, a Human Resources firm. They have the fullest employment, according to the Department of Labor, as well as internal data around job growth and demand. They then determined which areas in the US are the best for finding a job.

  1. Bethesda, MD
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Jacksonville, FL.
  4. Grand Rapids, MI
  5. Columbus, OH
  6. Seattle, WA.
  7. Phoenix, AZ
  8. New York, NY
  9. Richmond, VA
  10. Oklahoma City, OK

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Bethesda, MD

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The 38 Essential Washington Restaurants, January 2013

DC.eater.com presents their updated list of The 38 Essential Washington Restaurants, January 2013. If you are not familiar with Eater.com, they are a website completely dedicated to all things food and restaurant related and have sites set up for most of the larger cities in the nation. They are constantly updating and adding to their Eater 38 list, giving readers the cutting edge advantage when looking for quality dining options. The DC list has something for everyone, restaurants featuring both local and international cuisine sure to delight the city’s finicky foodies. After reviewing the list, our choice to check out is Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi (601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004,) a modern upscale Trattoria known for its fresh ingredients, daily changing lunch and dinner menus and vast selection of wines from France, Spain, Italy and the United States. Be sure to take a look at all the wonderful choices on this list and start dining right in the New Year!

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Photo courtesy of: www.fioladc.com

Photo courtesy of: http://www.fioladc.com

20 great things to do in Washington, DC

Timeout.com provides readers with a list of 20 great things to do in Washington, DC. If you haven’t been to Washington, DC you should definitely plan to visit. Our Nation’s capitol offers an array of interesting and unique options that will be sure to have you wanting to come back again. Not only is the city brimming with our Nation’s history, it also offers world-class cuisine, sporting events and a prestigious assortment of museums and cultural institutions. Our favorite recommendation from this list, the Tour & Tea at the top of the Washington National Cathedral, (Massachusetts & Wisconsin Avenues, NW, 1-202 537 6200.) Tour & Tea is offered every Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:30 pm, except on holidays. For online reservations please click here.

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23rd Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival

Washington City Paper recommends adding the Washington Jewish Film Festival to the top of your cultural events “to do” list this year. Featuring 55 different films gathered from around the world this is an event not to be missed if you have an interest in Jewish culture and history and enjoy watching innovative, entertaining films. This year’s festival kicks off January 3rd and runs through January 13th at the United States Navy Memorial, D.C. Jewish Community Center, Goethe-Institut, The Avalon, and other venues. Tickets and passes are available by calling (202) 518-9400. To see the complete schedule of films and venues, please click here.

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Photo courtesy of: www.wjff.org

Photo courtesy of: http://www.wjff.org

Tips for a Successful Restaurant Week

Washington DC’s Restaurant Week kicks off today and New York City’s starts in just a week.  No matter your location, here are some surefire tips to help you get the most of the experience.

  1. Go for the gold: When choosing a restaurant, make sure that you hit the places where that $20 or $30 would be the price of one entrée instead of the smaller bistro & wine bar type restaurants with lots of small plates.
  2. Be on the lookout for hidden fees: Beware of the fine print and check out the menus so that you don’t get fooled into paying for add-ons. It is becoming more and more common for restaurants to toss in surcharges for various things.
  3. Use Restaurant Week as a tryout: Think of Restaurant Week as a tryout for upcoming special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries and try as many as you can.
  4. Don’t rely solely on online reservations: If one of the major online reservations sites like OpenTable.com or CityEats.com says that a particular restaurant is booked, always call and double check. Online reservations sites only have the ability to reserve a portion of the available tables.
  5. Skip the dinner: While Restaurant week offers a lunch and dinner option, lunch is usually considered the better value. Paying $35 for dinner, not including tax, tip, and drinks isn’t exactly a steal. Lunch, on the other hand, is an awesome deal at around $20 for a three course meal.
  6. Choose your dining friends wisely: Since Restaurant Week is such a busy time for the kitchens and chefs, it can be hard for them to accommodate people with food allergies or special requests so try to  take someone who can go with the flow.
  7. Take it all in and don’t be afraid to ask questions: Restaurant Week is a time for restaurants to show us what they got! Don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn more about the restaurant and the food. Their goal is to fill you up and fill you in!

Tips Courtesy of Washingtonian.

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The Best Big Cities For Jobs

Forbes.com highlights The Best Big Cities For Jobs. For Forbes’ list of the best cities for jobs, all 398 current metropolitan statistical areas, based on employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported from November 1999 to January 2011 were ranked. Rankings are based on recent growth trends, mid-term growth and long-term growth and momentum.

Number 1 on the list is Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos in Texas. Other cities of note that makes the list include Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va. at number 6 and New York City, NY at number 9.

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courtesy of forbes.com

 

High Tech Hundred Dollar Bill

In a continued effort to protect the United States currency from counterfeiting, the $100 bill’s got a flashy new design!

Enhanced security features have been added to the hundred dollar bill such as a 3-D security ribbon woven into the paper on the front of the note. Take a close look at the blue ribbon as you move the bill back and forth. You will see that the bell designs change to 100s and move side to side. If you tilt the bill side to side, the bells and 100s move up and down. Also on the new bill, you will see a copper colored image of an inkwell with a shifting bell on the inside that changes from copper to green. This gives off the effect that the bell is appearing and disappearing from the inkwell.

In addition to these new features, three of the security features from the older design were retained. The portrait watermark of Benjamin Franklin will still be seen when held to the light along with the embedded security thread and the color shifting 100 will continue to appear in the lower right hand corner on the front of the bill.

The new hundred was supposed to be released in the beginning of February 2011 but was delayed due to an issue that arose during printing. The problem is being worked on so hopefully the new design will be coming soon to a wallet near you!

Check out the new design below!

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication

A must see beginning at the end of August in the Washington, D.C. area is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

The memorial is a four-acre plot on the north east corner of the Tidal Basin within the area of the Jefferson memorial and north of President Roosevelt’s memorial. It celebrates the life and accomplishments or Dr. King and will include a 450-foot inscription wall with numerous inspirational quotes by Dr. King engraved in granite. In addition, the memorial will include the “Mountain of Despair” and the “Stone of Hope” after his words, “With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope,” along with a 30-foot sculpture of Dr. King.

The memorial dedication will take place on August 28th, 2011 at 11am as it is the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Tickets to the dedication must be requested by visiting this site and will be distributed through an online lottery system. Deadline for registering for tickets is 11:59 pm EDT on May 31.

If you wish to see the dedication and were not selected to receive tickets, don’t worry, there will be pubic standing areas available that do not require tickets. The memorial will also be open to the public any time after the 28th.

Witness this historic moment and celebrate the man who dedicated his life in the courageous fight for equality.