Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!
1. Food Security Forum 

2. Free Health Class for Chronic Conditions
3. Volunteer with Bread for the City at the Orchard!
4. DPR Invasive Plant Class5. Invasive Plant Class with Casey Trees
6. Green Living Expo and Back to School BBQ
7. EcoDistrict Summit 2014
8. Bioretention Summit
9. UDC Walking Tour

1. Food Security Forum - August 6
On Wednesday, August 6, the United Planning Organization will hold its 5th Public Policy Forum on Poverty, Food Deserts, and Food Insecurity. As a poverty fighting community action agency, UPO recognizes the extreme impact that food deserts and insecurities have in our community. These insecurities not only contribute to malnutrition, along with other health problems, but it impacts the public health. Dean O'Hara will serve as one of the panelists, discussing solutions on how to end poverty by focusing on hunger and creating opportunities to combat food deserts. She will also share the impacts of CAUSES programs that are being provided to the community. The forum is from Noon - 2:00 p.m. at the National Building Museum located at:  401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001. RSVP to ajordan@upo.org. Help spread the word!

2. Free Health Class for Chronic Conditions - Tuesdays and Thursdays
Do you have diabetes, heart disease, asthma, arthritis, cancer, or any other chronic condition that is impacting your quality of life? The DC Department of Health and the DC Office of Aging are offering free classes on living with chronic conditions. This free six-week workshop will help you learn how to 1) Decrease stress, fatigue and/or frustration; 2) Manage your symptoms effectively; 3) Communicate better with your doctors; 4) Make informed decisions about your treatment; 5) Set and meet realistic personal goals 6) Learn healthier eating habits. Tuesday classes will be held from 4:00-6:30 p.m. at the DC Department of Health, 899 North Capital St NE #407. Thursday classes are offered from 9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at the DC Office on Aging, 500 K St NE. For more information, contact 
Nita Sharma at (202) 442-9129.

3. Volunteer with Bread for the City at the Orchard!
Join Bread for the City and help them tend to City Orchard, which is located on Muirkirk Farm. The group heads to the orchard every Wednesday around 10:30 a.m. Bread for the City also invites you to join their monthly 'weed-n-greet' event called Crop Mobs on the second Saturday of every month until October. Groups welcome. Contact Zacharei Curtis, BFC's Manager of Sustainable Agriculture & Community Engagement, at (202) 386-7031 x8819.
4. DPR Invasive Plant Class - Wednesday, August 13
Come learn about the invasive plants of Washington, D.C., and about native alternatives for your landscape. Mary Farrah, urban ag and forestry community educator for CAUSES, will co-teach this class with Ana Chuquin of Rock Creek Park and Damien Ossi of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE). This evening class will take place at the Raymond Recreation Center located at 915 Spring Road, NW. More information and registration is available here

5. Invasive Plant Class with Casey Trees - August 20 and 23
Join Mary Farrah, the National Park Service, DDOE and Casey Trees to learn about non-native, invasive plants and how they are threatening our native landscapes. Participants will learn how to identify and control species of non-native, invasive plants found in the Washington, D.C. area. Native alternatives to common non-native, invasive plants and incoming invasive plants will also be discussed. The course consists of two parts on two different days: a 2.75 hour classroom session at the Casey Trees headquarters (August 20, 6:15  - 9:00 p.m.) followed by a 2.5 hour field session (Saturday, August 23, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) in Rock Creek Park. Dinner will be provided on Wednesday evening. Registration is available here.

6. Green Living Expo and Back to School Barbecue - September 11

Mark your calendars because the 2014 Green Living Expo DC will be here before you know it! This year’s annual event will be held on Thursday, September 11, at the University of the District of Columbia. The Expo will be held in conjunction with UDC’s Back to School BBQ! Collocating the two events will lead to meaningful experiences as we address how the University and local community can collaboratively continue to adopt sustainable initiatives beyond our event and into our everyday lives. New this year, the events will be designed to be "zero waste," meaning water bottles will be discouraged, refuse will be recycled and food waste will be composted, among other initiatives. Stay tuned for more information!

7. 2014 EcoDistrict Summit - September 23-26
The District of Columbia and surrounding region will host the sixth annual EcoDistricts Summit, a unique gathering of the world’s most innovative city makers. The Summit will explore district-scale development from every angle and dig deep into the public-private-civic partnerships that are laying the groundwork for the neighborhoods of the future: healthy, vibrant, sustainable and just. Sustainable neighborhoods are emerging in cities worldwide, and the Summit will feature information rich education sessions, keynotes, and workshops designed to share field reports and test emerging best 
practices from North America and beyond. Register now for the early bird rate. Learn more.

8. Bioretention Summit - August 18-19
Bioretention design, construction, and maintenance continue to evolve as the practice has become the most popular small-site stormwater control measure in much of the United States. Design standards, construction specifications, and maintenance plans for bioretention often lag behind what recent applied and lab research has discovered. The purpose of this training is to deliver the most up-to-date research-based information that will lead to perhaps dramatic improvements in how bioretention cells are credited by regulators, designed by engineers and landscape architects, and built and maintained by contractors and maintenance personnel. Learn more!

9. UDC Walking Tour
Dr. Dwane Jones with the Center for Sustainable Development will be leading a walking tour of UDC's campus. 
This walking tour of the campus will include a look at the green roof and cistern catchment system designed to capture, treat, and reuse stormwater runoff; a Garden of the Senses as well as the school’s world-class Water Research and Testing Lab. Learn more. 

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