Tuesday, April 22, 2014

First ever DC Sustainability and Social Enterprise Summit Concludes

CAUSES hosted the first ever DC Sustainability and Social Enterprise Summit, the final event of the week long DC Social Enterprise WeekThe event, Accelerating Impact through Cross-Industry and Cross-Sector Collaboration, brought together entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and innovators that are driving change in Washington, D.C. Seth Goldman, President and “TeaEO” of Honest Tea, and Aaron Hurst, author of the Purpose Economy, co-headlined the event

Goldman explained how the combination of health and wellness, environmental consciousness and
social responsibility are the pillars that make up today's standard for doing business. HonestTea prides itself on using honestly, integrity and sustainability to craft its business and its product.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Around CAUSES and Upcoming Events

Here's what's been happening around CAUSES!

CAUSES will be participating in Mayor Vincent Gray’s Sustainable DC First Year Progress Report on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, where the mayor will report on progress made during the first year of the sustainability initiative. Open to the public, the event will be held at the Langley Education Campus in Northeast from 6:00-8:30 p.m., located at  101 T St. NE (accessible from the Red Line's NoMa-Gallaudet U and Rhode Island Avenue Metro stations).  

UDC and CAUSES will host the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) on Friday, April 25. NAFEO has partnered with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to assist in identifying and preparing eligible students for career opportunities with NCRS. Students from Delaware State to South Carolina State will have the opportunity to hear from UDC's agriculture, biology and engineering experts, and will also tour the Muirkirk Research Farm in Beltsville, Maryland.

CAUSES students from Environmental Sciences, Nutrition, Architecture, Nursing and the Professional Science Master in Water Resources will be presenting their end of year presentations on Tuesday, April 29, and Wednesday, April 30, in the Auditorium of Building 44. The presentations are full day events, so stop by and show your support if you have time to spare. Good luck students!

Have you seen the beautiful daffodils blooming around the District of Columbia? Well there is a good chance they were planted by DC’s Master Gardener Coordinator Sandy Farber and her team of gardening volunteers! Sandy created “Daffodils for Dad” as a living memorial to her father, Ted Farber. Beautiful daffodils have been planted in all 8 Wards of the District and like DC’s other famous flower, the cherry blossom, they signify that spring is finally here (and they last longer, too)!

Final 4-H Volunteer Leaders Training for the school year on May 17

If you've been waiting to get involved in 4-H, the last Volunteer Leaders Training for the Spring semester is upon us! 

The 4-H 
Volunteer Leaders Training prepares adults to assist youth in managing 4-H clubs and activities. Learn how to support our youth in learning about leadership and opportunities that help them to meet their full potential.

Volunteers have been an integral part of the success of 4-H since the 1920s, serving as club and project leaders, camp counselors and even as trainers and mentors.

4-H adult volunteers have the unique opportunity to make a significant and positive contribution to youth development by sharing learned skills, making a difference in their lives and leaving a legacy. 

The last training of the academic school year will be held May 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. at UDC's Van Ness campus in Building 44, Room 110.

Please visit www.udc.edu/4h or contact Rebecca Bankhead, director, Center for 4-H and Youth Development for more information.

2014 Water Symposium Concludes

By Carilyne Vance

The University of the District of Columbia for the second consecutive year hosted the National Capital Region Water Resources Symposium, “Water Resources and Water Infrastructures: Emerging Problems and Solutions,” bringing together experts from governmental agencies, academia, the private sector, and non-profits to discuss sustainable management of water resources and infrastructure in the region, as well as nationally and internationally. The program included panelists, breakout sessions poster displays and a keynote by George Hawkins, general manager, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water).
Mr. Hawkins "Hand over Fist" highlighted not only the visibility of the utility, which moves over 300 million gallons of enriched water around the District of Columbia and treats water for Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland and Fairfax and Loudon counties in Virginia, but the challenges and future of this under-recognized and life sustaining entity, what he calls the Fist. DC Water maintains and monitors over 1300 miles of pipes, 4 Pumping Stations, 5 reservoirs, 5 in ground holding tanks and maintains over 1800 sewer lines.  Faced with a pipe system that is over 100 years old, DC water must not only maintain but upgrade this system while keeping operating costs down.  The methods for doing that is what he calls “the Hand."

The Hand is centered round the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant located in Southwest Washington, DC. This treatment facility provides waste water treatment for over 325M gallons a day and has significantly reduced the levels of phosphorus and nitrogen flowing into the Chesapeake Bay.  This reduction of nutrients has slowed the growth of algae in the water system, thereby increasing indigenous fish and wildlife populations. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CAUSES TV: Healthy Eating Habits

It's time to SPRING into a healthier lifestyle now that winter is finally over. And there is no better way to improve our health than improving our eating habits. When we eat well, we feel better; healthy improves our quality of life. We obviously have to eat to stay alive; but how many of us also eat because it feels good or tastes great? 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Honors Speaker Series Features Dean Sabine O'Hara

Dean Sabine O'Hara served as the March guest speaker for the UDC Honors Speakers Series. The program was established in 2009 with the Office for International Programs & Exchanges to incorporate global concerns through the curriculum. 
The Honors Speaker Series offers students and the campus community a chance to come together to discuss ideas and issues that affect us all, explained Dr. Howe, Director of the Honors Program. "The series invites prominent scholars and experts from a variety of fields to discuss issues fundamental to our humanity and our shared existence in a world that becomes smaller, and more fragile, with each passing day."

Dean O'Hara, who holds 
degrees in Environmental and Agricultural Economics, and specializes in sustainable economic development, lectured on The Five Pillars of Economic Development: Building Sustainable Communities. This type of development as she explained focuses on quality of life and must address the five pillars of: health, education, social and cultural amenities and access to transportation. The five pillar theory is derived from the development theory of the 1970s, that looked at building capacities in underdeveloped countries to strengthen their ability to fend for themselves. 

"Sustainable development must be long term, providing economic resources in a manner where there is enough leftover for those who come after us," Dr. O'Hara explained to the Honors students.

After her lecture, during the 'Q & A' portion of the evening, the audience asked questions about her experience and in particular, wanted to know more about beginner gardeners and the UDC farmers market.

According to Dr. O'Hara, f
arming techniques are no longer being passed down from generation to generation, and people need to be reintroduced to where food comes from and what it take to produce it. As an example, she told an anecdote about two third graders who planted beans but kept pulling out the sprout out of curiosity over the below-ground growing process!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Healthy Recipes

Recommended by our Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health, here are some healthy spring recipes,  courtesy of NIH.  This month's recipes are Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee and Spinach and Limas. Enjoy!

Prep time   - 10 minutes        
Cook time  - 15 minutes        
Yields   - 4 servings 
Serving size  - 1 cup of limas and spinach

2 C frozen lima beans
 ½ C onion, chopped
1 C fennel bulb, rinsed and cut into 4-inch strips
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
¼ C low-sodium chicken broth
1 bag (10 oz) leaf spinach, rinsed
1 Tbsp distilled vinegar
⅛ tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp dried chives

Nutritional InfoCalories 93
Total fat               2 g
Saturated fat     1 g
Cholesterol         0 mg
Sodium 84 mg
Total fiber           6 g
Protein 5 g
Carbohydrates  15 g
Potassium           452 mg

1  In a saucepan, steam or boil lima beans in unsalted water for about 10 minutes.  Drain.
2  In sauté pan, sauté onions and fennel in oil.
3  Add beans and chicken broth to sauté pan, and cover.  Cook for 2 minutes.
4  Stir in spinach.  Cover and cook until spinach has wilted, about 2 minutes.
5  Stir in vinegar and pepper.  Cover and let stand for 30 seconds.
6  Sprinkle with chives and serve.

Monday, April 7, 2014

CAUSES TV: Preparing for Spring Gardening

On this Spring Gardening episode of CAUSES TV, Dean Sabine O'Hara interviews  Che Axum, CAUSES' Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education. 

"Feeling the dirt between my fingers; the moist and warm soil is just the best feeling and seeing the first light green or fresh sprouts reminds me that there is new life, growth and new possibilities all around me," explains Dean O'Hara about her love of gardening.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Chef Herb Holden Wins Cooking Award

by Marshelle Hailstock
Herbert Holden, Chef/Nutrition Educator with the Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health, won third place in the main dish category at the 10th Annual “Distinguished Men Cookin’ with the Deltas,” which was held Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Howard University’s Blackburn Center.  

Over 80 men competed in the event, which supports academic scholarships and community programs in Washington, DC, and is sponsored by the DC Alumnae Chapter and Alumnae Foundation of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.  Celebrity Chef Carla Hall of ABC-TV’s “The Chew” presented Chef Holden’s award.

Congratulations, Chef Herb!

Monday, March 24, 2014


Honors Speaker Series with Dean O'Hara

Dean O'Hara serves as the March speaker for UDC's Honors Speaker Series at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, presenting The Five Pillars of Economic Development: Building Sustainable Communities. This event is free and open to the public so please join us at the Van Ness Campus, Building 44, A-03. For more information, please contact Dr. Alexander Howe, Honors Program Director, at ahowe@udc.edu or (202) 274-5658.

High-School Students Tend to UDC's Garden 
A group of 9th grade students from Edmund Burke School, a progressive, urban, co-ed college prep school for grades 6-12, are learning about climate change science in their earth science class. To fulfill a service-learning project, their teacher has coordinated a community garden project with the University, where they will be working on our Garden of the Senses over several weeks. The project will be documented on Just CAUSES, so stay tuned! For more information, contact Coy McKinney.

HBCU Forum Visits UDC
UDC was pleased to last month host a delegation of architecture students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The HBCU Forum included Morgan State, Prairie View and Howard Universities. Students toured one of CAUSES' aquaponics facilities and participated in the Post-Oil City panel on food and water security, as environmental considerations are essential in design.    

Friday, March 21, 2014

What's New in 4-H?

McKinley Tech "3-peat" Winner of the DC LifeSmarts Competition

UDC recently hosted the 4-H LifeSmarts Competition, a program that creates savvy consumers and develops marketplace skills among teens in a fun and engaging format. LifeSmarts Consumer Education for Teenagers, a program of the National Consumers League and is run locally through the division of the Center for 4-H and Youth Development, a land-grant program under CAUSES. For the third year in a row, McKinley Technical High School was named the winning team. 

Complementing high school curricula, Lifesmarts is run as a game-show style competition for 9th through 12th grade students every March. Teams from DC area high schools competed in the areas of personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology and consumer law. 

Other participating high schools were: Calvin Coolidge High School, Columbia Heights Educational Campus, The Preparatory School of D.C. and the United Planning Powerhouse team. Each team included five youth and an adult coach.

As the D.C. champions, the McKinley Tech team will travel to Orlando, Florida, to vie for the National Championship April 26-29. Congratulations, McKinley Tech!

Jaime Brown introduces the competition.
CAUSES is committed to building strong, vibrant communities of active and engaged citizens. The Center for 4-H and Youth Development develops innovative programs that emphasize experiential learning opportunities for young people and their families. Through "hands-on" interactive programming, participants develop life skills, leadership abilities and an ethic of civic stewardship.

For more information or if you would like to volunteer for the event, contact LifeSmarts Extension Agent, Jaime Brown, at (202) 274-7136 or jsbrown@udc.edu. For more information on LifeSmarts, visit www.lifesmarts.org. Learn more about the District’s 4-H program here.

Continue reading for upcoming 4-H events!