Monday, April 21, 2014

Around CAUSES and Upcoming Events

Here's what's been happening around CAUSES!

CAUSES participated in Mayor Vincent Gray’s Sustainable DC First Year Progress Report on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22. The mayor reported on progress made during the first year of the sustainability initiative. According to the Mayor's Office, there are 27 District Government agencies involved; 83% of plan actions are moving and 6% are already complete. Read the report
UDC and CAUSES hosted the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) on Friday, April 25. NAFEO partnered with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to assist in identifying and preparing eligible students for career opportunities with NCRS. Participating students had the opportunity to hear from various CAUSES experts and also toured Muirkirk Farm.

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)!

Special guests from the Hay-Adams Hotel recently visited, where they toured our greenhouses, aquaponics facilities, herb garden and orchard. The luxurious hotel, known for its breathtaking view overlooking the White House, last year signed an exclusive contact with our farm, purchasing fresh herbs and vegetables, many of them ethnic crops, which are not native and difficult to find around the D.C. metro area.

CAUSES had the opportunity to screen two films as part of the Environmental Film Festival. This year’s films were Atomic Africa: Clean Energy’s Dirty Secrets and  Sandgrains at 6:00 p.m. Both films were introduced by Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, director of the Water Resources Research Institute. CAUSES looks forward to participating in 2015!

Dean Sabine O'Hara and Dr. Dwane Jones, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, took part in the UDC School of Business and Public Administration's Business Week. Dean O'Hara taught a workshop on Urban Food Production, while Dr. Jones shared his expertise on low impact development (as he does in this episode of CAUSES TV).

Can't keep track of everything? Consult the CAUSES calendar

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