UDC News

October 20, 2010


The University of the District of Columbia Presents the CAUSES Environmental Forum

UDC’s new College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) Biennial Environmental Forum addresses current environmental challenges and trends in the urban environment.


Washington, DC - The University of the District of Columbia’s (UDC) new College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) presents the CAUSES Environmental Forum, Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, at the University’s main campus, in Building 44 Room A-03 Auditorium. The Forum, which takes place during UDC’s Fall and Spring semesters, provides an opportunity for scholarly discourse on current environmental challenges and how to meet them, as well as opportunities in environmental stewardship.

CAUSES is pleased to feature two highly regarded speakers both well versed in current environmental issues. Carlton Eley, Senior Environmental Protection Specialist for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) will address equitable development and a sustainable future. Mr. Eley will inform and engage attendees with his unique knowledge about the significance of cities around the world pursuing sustainability initiatives and the opportunity to demonstrate that the objectives of economic development, environmental protection and meeting the needs of underserved populations are not mutually exclusive. In his current position with the U.S. EPA, Mr. Eley focuses on devising strategies for green jobs and sustainable economic development through outreach, policy analysis, partnerships and tool development.

Hormandinger Guenter, the next featured presenter, is the Environmental Counselor for the European Union (EU) Delegation to the United States. Mr. Guenter will share his insight on the environmental policy in the European Union, covering aspects of governance and institutions. He will also discuss the underlying policy drivers. Hormandinger Guenter joined the European Commission in 1997 and has been in the Directorate – General Environment since 1998. In 2005 he was head of the team in charge of emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases from road vehicles. He has also served as a physicist and an independent consultant as he focused on the environment and economic aspects of new technologies in energy and transport.   

The moderator for the occasion will be Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Program Director of the new Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree program in Water Resources Management, an exciting, innovative program and key component of CAUSES. Dr. Deksissa is an Environmental Scientist, Research Associate and Laboratory Coordinator at the DC Agricultural Experiment Station and Water Resources Research Institute. His current research activities include water quality assessment and modeling, and fate and transport of organic contaminants in the environment.

The University of the District of Columbia, America’s urban land grant institution, is proud to showcase the new College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, also known as CAUSES. CAUSES provides a sustainable bridge from college to the world. The new college is the embodiment of the land-grant mission as it seamlessly ties together academic, research and extension/outreach to serve students and residents of the District of Columbia, helping to improve the quality of life in the urban environment.

The CAUSES Environmental Forum provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, scholars, environmental professionals, community leaders and local residents to be engaged in substantive discussion and to learn about current environmental challenges and trends and opportunities in environmental stewardship. All are encouraged to attend.

For more information regarding UDC’s CAUSES Environmental Forum, please contact Prof. Silva Meybatyan at 202.274.7182 or by email at smeybatyan@udc.edu.






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: Mary N. Elliott, 202.274.7148 or melliott@udc.edu