National Bird Day is a time to reflect and act on the conditions of captive birds, especially those kept as pets

4–7 The federal government oversees about 500,000 buildings, which amounts to about $3.5 billion a year in energy costs. That’s a lot of tax dollars—and it’s why builders, designers, architects, and federal officials come together at the EcoBuild Federal Conference in Washington to exhibit and discuss high-efficiency design. (

9–13 Some 1,500 participants assemble at the Third National Conference and Expo on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration in New Orleans. With a special focus on coastal Louisiana and the northern Gulf Coast, this six-day conference offers plenary speakers and over 80 concurrent sessions addressing seven different areas of restoration. (

10–12 The eco-frenzy goes international at the Middle East Natural & Organic Products Expo in Dubai. Over 400 exhibitors will showcase their green goods and educate retailers about the benefits of natural products. (

21 The shortest day of the year, Winter Solstice marks the official start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

31 Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a smashing-good cocktail made from eco-friendly vodka (page 94).


5 Organized by the Animal Protection Institute in cooperation with the Avian Welfare Coalition, National Bird Day is a time to reflect and act on the conditions of captive birds, especially those kept as pets. Activists also call attention to the treatment of exotic birds, since they’re not protected by the same laws as native birds. (

12–14 The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Nevada City, CA, will feature over 70 eco-related films covering topics like global warming and biodiversity. Other fun activities include talks with filmmakers, art shows, and a wine tasting. (

17 Politician and eco-activist Robert Kennedy Jr. turns 53.

18–28 The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, always addresses important political and social topics, and the environment is no exception: An Inconvenient Truth premiered at Sundance in January 2006. Check the festival’s website in December for a full list of film offerings. (

19–28 The 72nd annual International Green Week in Berlin will showcase thousands of exhibitors at this huge conference for food, agriculture, and horticulture professionals. The festival will also feature a Bio Market, which focuses on organic products. (

Enjoy delicious organic meals, organic farm tours, and more at Eco-Farm 2007 in Pacific Grove, CA. Choose from over 50 workshops that will cover topics such as pesticide reduction, the future of biofuels, and childhood nutrition. (

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