Wednesday, February 19, 2014

CAUSES partners with Go Dutch on integrated research project

The University of the District of Columbia’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences is collaborating with the GODUTCH Consortium (GDC) in Spring 2014 to conduct workshops by integrating academics, research, land-grant programs and Dutch expertise to originate comprehensive solutions to a case study proposed by DC Government (Lincoln Heights). The purpose of this initiative is for students, faculty, and Dutch experts to exchange knowledge and use sustainability (economics, equity, and environment) in an applied case study scenario.

CAUSES offers research-based academic and community outreach programs that improve the quality of life and economic opportunity of people and communities in the District of Columbia, the nation, and the world. The GDC is a network of leading firms in the fields of urbanism, architecture, clean technology, change management and social economic, strategic and financial consulting. 

"The District of Columbia is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and this partnership reflects the global nature of interdiscliplinary education in the modern age," explained Dr. Dwane Jones, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, who is spearheading the partnership from UDC's end.

Dean O'Hara and GoDutch's Bart Mispelblom
Beyer after signing the MOU. 
Go Dutch is a partner in International Agreement with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, and is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (through the Netherlands Embassy and Consulates in the USA), and by the Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment.

During the Spring 2014 semester representatives from GO DUTCH and participating classes in CAUSES will collaborate on an applied, integrated research project. The project will incorporate principles and practices learned in the traditional course curricula (e.g. Health, Urban Sustainability, Public Policy, etc.) with an output being a presentation to the Mayor’s Office and the DC Housing Authority.

For more information, contact Dr. Jones at Visit the Center for Sustainable Development online.

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