Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Here's what's been happening around CAUSES!
  • Muirkirk Farm Produce Donated Toward Church Compassion Fund
  • Water Symposium Abstracts due Dec. 6
  • 2015 Architecture Trip to Barcelona, Southern France & Italy
  • Linnean Stream Restoration

Muirkirk Farm Ethnic Produce Donated Donated Toward Church Compassion Fund
Ms. Edith Affi Aleke is a frequent Muirkirk Farm volunteer who recently donated a selection of ethnic and specialty crops to the International Chapel in Maryland. The donation was then auctioned off for $100, which according to Pastor Kamasse Sidibe, went toward the church's compassion ministry in support of orphans and those in need in Africa and around the world. Pastor Kamasse is a native of Togo and was pleased to learn about the farm's Ethnic and Specialty Crops Program, spearheaded by Mr. Yao Afantchao of the CAUSES Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education. "On behalf of the International Chapel, I would like to thank you very much and please, be assured that we will pray for such initiative to be a blessing to many. I will one day come and visit your farm. Once again thank you very much," the Pastor wrote to Afantchao. You're most welcome Pastor Kamasse, and thanks to Ms. Aleke for her efforts! 

Water Symposium Abstracts due Dec. 6
The abstract submission deadline for the 2015 National Capital Region Water Resources Symposium is December 6. The symposium will be held April 10, 2015 on UDC's Van Ness campus. The one-day event will bring together experts from governmental agencies, academia, the private sector, and non-profits to present and discuss challenges and opportunities for water management and resiliency in the region, as well as nationally and internationally. The keynote address will be delivered by Mr. Daniel Zarilli, Director of the Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency for the City of New York. Please visit for the full symposium announcement, abstract submission guidelines, and registration information or click here.

2015 Architecture Trip to Barcelona, Southern France & Italy
Next May, the UDC Architecture and Community Planning Department is planning a 10 day trip to Barcelona, Southern France, and Italy and would love for you to join! The department is planning for a May 18 departure to explore the architecture, culture, and cuisine of the three beautiful countries. View the full itinerary. The total cost for the program includes everything outside of your spending money and signing up only requires a $95 deposit. You can learn more and sign up at: or by calling (877) 485-4184 and referencing trip number 1643344FS. Contact Prof. Genell Anderson for more information.
Linnean Stream Restoration
The Linnean stream recently celebrated a full restoration, thanks to DDOE and partners. The stream is located in Ward 3, near the UDC flagship campus. According to Forest Hills Connection, "rehabilitated Linnean stream is fed by a storm sewer that collects rainwater from 24 acres of nearby streets, rooftops, sidewalks and alleys." The stream was restored to help efforts in minimizing stormwater runoff, reducing erosion and filtering pollutants. Dean Sabine O'Hara is pictured below at the restoration celebration with Mayor Vincent Gray and Director of the District Department of the Environment, Keith Anderson. Visit Forest Hills Connection to learn more and to see more photos.

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