Center for Sustainable Development
UDC's Center for Sustainable Development provides relevant and innovative applied research and education to students, District residents, and the world in the areas of sustainable infrastructure, sustainable spaces, urban economics and entrepreneurship, and behavioral and social change.
East Capitol Urban Farm:
A Ward 7 Community Enhancement Project
The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) of UDC’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences provides relevant and innovative applied research and education to students, District residents, and the world in the areas of sustainable infrastructure, sustainable spaces, urban economics and entrepreneurship, and behavioral and social change.
Led by Dr. Dwane Jones, under the direction of Dean Sabine O’Hara, the Centers’ latest endeavor looks to aid in the continuous effort to clean the Anacostia River and to offer a clean, stable and nutritious food source to Ward 7 residents. For more information about this and the many other projects, events and collaborations that the CSD is involved in, please visit our website at wwww.udc.edu/causes or contact Dr. Dwane Jones, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 202.274.7182.
“Dr. Dwane Jones featured in Smithsonian’s Urban Waterways Newsletter – In “How Community Engagement Works as a Critical Component of Urban Sustainability and Design Curriculum,” Dr. Jones offers key principles for integrating community engagement in urban design and the planning of public spaces. The upcoming Ward 7 Urban Farm is the case study used to illustrate these principles. (page 9)
CSD Director Published in National Wetlands Newsletter
CSD Director Dr. Dwane Jones recently published “Advancing Green Infrastructure in the District: Opportunities to Enhance the Green Economy,” in the January/February edition of the National Wetlands Newsletter:
Efficient and effective implementation of green infrastructure (GI) as an element of sustainability offers many opportunities to enhance the green economy. While GI has historically been an important element of stormwater management programs, recent efforts in urban areas have shifted its use to create employment and career pathways. Despite this change, many barriers and challenges must be collectively considered and collaboratively addressed to establish a green economy that is equitable, profitable, and environmentally sound. Read the full article click here.
- Small Business Development
- Green Technology
Two broad themes guide the community education programs within the Center of Sustainable Development: green jobs and green infrastructure.
Both themes recognize that sustainable development is complex; our programs and services must therefore prepare individuals and organizations for the changing, complex conditions within the social, cultural, environmental, and economic systems that shape our local communities. You might say, the green jobs, or green entrepreneurship area focuses on the private sector and the opportunities and changing condition private sector businesses face; the green infrastructure area focuses on the public sector and the challenging urban communities
Whether the focus is on private sector businesses and green technology or on the public sector, our commitment is to build healthy, livable, equitable communities in the District of Columbia and beyond. Whether your goal is to start your own business, organize a community cooperative, improve energy efficiency in your home or workplace, or improve storm water run-off in your neighborhood our goal is to find the resources you need to assist you in meeting your goals.
CRED Financial Planning & Literacy/FDIC Money Smart | UDC Farmers Market | Environmental Literacy Assessment & Training
Lead Abatement Training | Waste Management Assessment
Environmental Literacy Training and Assessment provides technical assistance and tools to businesses, schools, and other organizations to improve and evaluate a range of competencies in environment and sustainability. Informed by CAUSES' research, teaching, and community outreach, our environmental literacy resources are designed to create greater depth of understanding and to measure competency across an array of topics.
UDC Farmers Market brings local, fresh, sustainable food to campus on Saturdays from mid-May to mid-November. Vendors include farmers, bakers, and artisans from the District, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. UDC nutrition educators and chefs distribute information about food sold at the market and provide cooking demonstrations on site each week.
Waste Management Assessment partners with agencies and organizations to develop comprehensive approaches to materials management that go beyond the "three R's" to work toward zero-waste goals. Through trainings, consultations, and workshops our educators work to develop and implement strategies for increasing waste diversion rates, reducing overall waste, and engaging employees, students, and customers.