Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Here's what's happening around CAUSES!

1. UDC Urban Architecture and Community Planning Students place in the Interschool Student Design Competition  
The annual Interschool Student Design Competition (ISDC) convened teams of students from the area’s collegiate architecture programs—Catholic, Howard, University of the District of Columbia, Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, Morgan State, and University of Maryland. The teams participated in a day-long design challenge held in the Great Hall of the National Building Museum, and were tasked with producing a creative solution that addresses real world architecture, planning, and landscape architecture issues. UDC Architecture student Mitch Peterson was on the first place team, while David Andjaba was on the third place team. Both received books and monetary prizes. An ISDC display is available for viewing in Building 32, Suite 200. Photos of the event are available here.

2. 2016 water symposium calls for abstracts
The National Capital Region is hosting the 2016 Water Symposium: Rethinking the Value of Water: Innovations in Research, Technology, Policy and Management, hosted April 8, 2016 at the University of the District of Columbia. The Symposium is seeking abstracts on scientific research and practical solutions to water issues relevant to the National Capital Region. Abstracts are due December 4.

3. American Forests ceremonial tree planting at East Capitol Farm
On Monday, October 26, 2015, American Forests hosted a ceremonial tree planting at the East Capitol Urban Farm in honor of its 140th anniversary and to recognize the signing of a new MOU with the U.S. Forest Service. Remarks were delivered by Dr. Dwane Jones, director, Center for Sustainable Development, CAUSES. See photos of the ceremony, as well as photos of the Oct. 17 volunteer event!

4. 1M1B farm visit
Young entrepreneurs with A Million for a Billion (1M1B) program recently visited the UDC Research Farm. 1M1B is a skill development, entrepreneurship education and an enterprise acceleration initiative that will solve the challenge of unemployment of youth and women in underserved economies. The program  is in aligned to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to their presentation at the UN, entrepreneurs from the Caribbean visited the UDC green roof and research farm

5. Harris Trobman named Olmsted Scholar
The Landscape Architecture Foundation's (LAF) Olmsted Scholars Program recognizes students who are using ideas, influence, communication, service, and leadership to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits. Prior to becoming our green infrastructure specialist in the Center for Sustainable Development, Harris Trobman was selected as one of LAF's graduate finalists for 2015 for his work with the University of Maryland. Watch Harris in a short video describing his project at a school campus for 500 children in northern Haiti. Congratulations, Harris!

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