UDC News

August 30, 2010


UDC Launches University-wide Sustainability Initiative


Washington, DC -In August 2010, the university kicked off its Sustainability Initiative. The US Environmental Protection Agency defines sustainability as "policies and strategies that meet society's present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

For UDC, the Sustainability Initiative will expand and enhance academic offerings to prepare students for some of the greatest environmentally related challenges of our time: climate change, global urbanization, natural resource scarcity, and energy demand. Physical improvements over the next several years include the renovation of the Dennard Plaza into a public green space, the installation of green roofs on our buildings and the development of the campus plan for the 21st century. This fall, we will launch the new College of Urban Agriculture, Sustainability and Environmental Science, the first such school of its kind in the District of Columbia. New courses, internships and service learning opportunities related to sustainability are also being developed.

The goal is for UDC to serve as a sustainability leader among institutions of higher education and as a national model for urban sustainability in both campus operations and educational offerings. For more information about the Sustainability Initiative, contact Howard Ways at 202-274-5390 (hways@udc.edu) or Josh Lasky 202-274-5374(jlasky@udc.edu) in the Office of the Provost.







As the only urban land-grant institution in the country, the University System of the District of Columbia (www.udc.edu) supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the University of the District of Columbia (David A. Clarke School of Law, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, College Arts & Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) and the Community College of the District of Columbia.

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