UDC News

April 28, 2010


UDC Receives DDOE Grant to Improve Storm Water Management

Washington, DC – The University of the District of Columbia has received a multi-million dollar grant to install a new storm water management system on the Van Ness campus.  The grant of $2.2 Million – from the District’s Department of the Environment (DDOE) – will be used in two capital construction projects.

The projects, which will result in the construction of ‘green’ roofs on multiple buildings on campus and also the complete renovation of the Dennard Plaza deck, will significantly improve storm water runoff in several key areas.  The university will be able to treat ‘gray water’ before it is introduced to the city’s storm drains, and it will be able to collect runoff for potential reuse for non-potable purposes.

“This certainly emphasizes the District’s confidence in UDC to become a leader in urban sustainability planning and program implementation,” said University System President Dr. Allen L. Sessoms.  “We are making this university system a model of environmental responsibility for this city and the nation.”

Construction on the Plaza Deck project has already begun, and construction on the Green Roofs project will begin in late summer or early fall of this year.


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Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371