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UDC 2012 International Urban Sustainability Action Summit

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The University of the District of Columbia’s (UDC) College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) is hosting the second  “International Urban Sustainability Action Summit”; the 2012 theme being

    Food and Water
Sustainable Waste Reclamation

UDC/CAUSES annual International Urban Sustainability Action Summits are timely, as we bring together experts, grassroots leaders and members of the community who are interested in exchanging information and finding out more about fair and equal access to healthy food options in the urban environment. The event features a collective of diverse speakers, presenters and workshop leaders who will provide a broad understanding of urban sustainability issues. Additionally, vendors and exhibitors will be on-site providing information on cutting edge resources, best practices, community involvement and the latest environmentally friendly products. The Summit is designed to encourage networking and to inform, engage and empower attendees to act. The Summit provides a forum for attendees, presenters and exhibitors to be part of the important discussion on the environment and to be part of the solution to issues in the urban environment.

UDC International Action Summit

Location: Friday on-campus- UDC Fine Arts Theater

Description for Friday April 27th

On Friday April 27th, the International Urban Sustainability Action Summit will convene one of the City’s most engaging events during a daylong experience featuring speakers, panelists, exhibitors and a free mini-film festival centered on the themes of food and water reclamation. The University of the District of Columbia warmly welcomes keynote addresses from two leaders in these respective fields. During the morning session, Will Allen, pioneering urban farmer, MacArthur “Genius” award winner, and founder of Growing Power in Milwaukee, Wisconsin will talk about his organization's impact and paint a vision of the future of sustainable agriculture. The afternoon address will be given by Jonathan Lanciani, President and CEO of Organica Sustainable Water, as he introduces the company’s cutting-edge water reclamation technology, District projects and best practices, leading to thoughtful discourse on the current urban condition. The event concludes with a free screening of short films and a panel discussion on the day's themes.

Pro Forma Schedule

8:00-9:15am        Registration and Welcome, free continental breakfast.
9:15-10:30am      Opening Plenary Keynote Speaker: Mr. Will Allen, CEO, Growing Power, Inc.
10:30-11:30am   Panel 1 - Sustainable Urban Agriculture Q&A with Will Allen and Guests:
11:30-12:30pm   Panel 2 - Building Economy 2.0: Social Entrepreneurship, Impact Investing and
12:30-1:30pm     Lunch: Free, served in auditorium lobby.
1:30-2:30pm        Afternoon Keynote:  Mr. Jonathan Lanciani, CEO, Organica Water, Inc.
2:30-3:30pm        Panel 3 - Water Resources: Emerging Technologies, Public Policy and District Solutions
3:30-3:45pm        Break: Coffee in Auditorium Lobby
3:45-4:45pm        Presentation: Dr. Judy Anne Fisher, Executive Director, Mercy Outreach Ministry
6:30-7:45pm        Free Mini-Film Festival: Nine sustainability themed international short-films, hosted by Gerri Williams.
7:45-8:30pm        Panel 4 – Film Festival Discussion

Description for Saturday, April 28, 2012 and Sunday, April 29, 2012

Urban Sustainability Farming demonstration by renowned Urban Farmer Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power. This weekend program consists of an on-farm hoophouse demonstration and various urban agriculture workshops: (Specific types workshops to be announced the day of workshops and on site)

Saturday, April 28, 2012 and Sunday, April 29, 2012 Workshop/Hoophouse Demonstration: - Fee: $150.00
Location: AES Muirkirk Farm
12001 Old Baltimore Pike,
Beltsville, MD 20705

Saturday April 28, 2012

8:00 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast/On-farm Sign-in
9:00 am – 9:30 am – Introductory Sustainability Session
9:30 am – 1:30 pm Workshops/Hoophouse Demonstration
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Workshop/Hoophouse Demonstration

Sunday, April 29, 2012

9:00 am -9:15 am Continental Breakfast Morning Briefing
9:15 am – 1:15 pm Workshops/Hoophouse Demonstration
1:15 pm - 2:00pm - Close 2012 UDC/CAUSES

*Reminder: Action Summit Dates and Sites:
Friday on-campus- UDC Fine Arts Theater
Saturday, April 28, 2012 and Sunday, April 29, 2012
On-farm Demonstration (Muirkirk Farm – Beltsville, MD)
Location: 12001 Old Baltimore Pike,
Beltsville, MD 20705

For more information contact Dr. Iveracottis Short at or at 202.274.7171.

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