Dwane Jones, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the University of the District of Columbia, a division of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES). Dr. Jones conducts research and teaches courses in Urban Sustainability, Urban Design, Urban Planning and Low Impact Development. He has degrees in Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, and Urban Design.
"The Center for Sustainable Development is a central component of CAUSES in which all academic and land-grant initiatives coalesce. The Center implements research projects that integrate all programs of CAUSES in an effort to produce and understand the implications and impacts of sustainable development," explained Dr. Jones. The Center for Sustainable Development encompasses the three pillars of Sustainability- People, Places, and Profit (Environment, Economics, and Equity). As such, the Center consists of faculty and staff appointments in Environmental Sciences, Economic Analysis, Sustainable Spaces (green infrastructure, green buildings, and resources), and Entrepreneurship. UDC’s Center for Sustainable Development also includes a world-class water quality research lab as part of its Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI).
When asked to describe his vision for the Center, Dr. Jones described, "My vision is that the Center for Sustainable Development become a leader in educational excellence and research in sustainable development. This vision includes developing, implementing, and evaluating applied research projects as building blocks of sustainability. Each project will then become a classroom for student learning, community engagement, and economic development."
Watch Dr. Jones discuss low impact development on CAUSES TV.
Save the date: Post Oil City exhibit and workshops Jan. 30 - March 1
Presented by CAUSES and the Goethe-Institut Washington, the Post Oil City Workshops will be embedded in the Post Oil Exhibition, a large exhibit that presents solutions for the Post Oil City as envisioned by architects, planners, designers and engineers from 10 different countries. Three key topics will shape the Post Oil City workshops: mobility, energy and water, and food security and will be discussed by panelists representing federal government agencies, district agencies, the private and non-profit sector, and individual residents. Click here to register for the following events.
- Jan. 30, 2014, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. - Opening Reception featuring an introduction by the Post Oil City exhibit curator.
- Jan. 31, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - The City of the Future: Mobility and Energy Workshop featuring speakers from the U.S. and D.C. Government.
- Feb. 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - The Future of Urban Mobility Workshop featuring Volkswagen.
- Feb. 15, 2014, 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. - The City of the Future: Materials and Functionality Workshop featuring building materials producer REHAU.
- Feb. 21, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – Noon - The City of the Future: Water & Food Security Workshop with speakers from the U.S. and DC Government.
Just CAUSES Newsletter
Catch up on the Just CAUSES newsletter! The revamped newsletter has been published monthly since October 2013, but the November and December versions are also available! Learn more about the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences The newsletter is the companion to the blog, Just CAUSES online, which you can visit at http://udc-causes.blogspot.com. It is updated frequently so you won’t have to wait until next month to learn about all things CAUSES!
UDC to Host April 2014 Water Symposium on April 4, 2014
The National Capital Region Water Resources Symposium will be hosted at the University of the District of Columbia's Van Ness campus on Friday, April 4, 2014. The National Capital Region (NCR), encompassing the District of Columbia, and parts of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, has unique and challenging opportunities for sustainable management of water resources and water infrastructures. This one-day symposium at the University of the District of Columbia will bring together experts from governmental agencies, academia, the private sector, and non-profits to present and discuss challenges and opportunities for sustainable management of water resources and infrastructure in the region, as well as nationally, and internationally. For more information, click here.
Land-Grant Division of CAUSES offers research-based community education and professional certification programs that are delivered through five centers: the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education, the Center for Sustainable Development which includes the Water Resources Research Institute; the Center for 4-H and Youth Development which includes the Institute of Gerontology; the Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health; the Architectural Research Institute. Each of the Centers offers programs and services that are designed to work directly and collaboratively with the neighborhoods where we are located and to enrich the lives of District of Columbia residents. The five Centers also offer a range of assessment services to residents and community groups including nutrition education, soil testing, water quality monitoring, lead abatement and gardening demonstrations. Collectively the Centers offer over 2,000 programs and serve more than 150,000 participants annually.
New edition of Water Highlights
The latest edition of Water Highlights from the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) spotlights the new Environmental Quality Testing lab. Led by new WRRI director Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, the lab will serve as an interdisciplinary resource University stakeholders engaged in food safety, emerging contaminants, trace elements and other research. Read Water Highlights here.
CAUSES, together with the Goethe-Institut Washington, HafenCity Hamburg and the International Building Exhibition (IBA) Hamburg, recently hosted the conference and accompanying exhibition: “Hamburg: Building the City Anew. A Journey into the City of Tomorrow.” The exhibit served as the basis for a panel discussion engaging Hamburg urban revitalization partners with representatives from the U.S. government, the District of Columbia, the private sector and from the local citizens in designing the city of the future while bridging the divide between those who have access to economic opportunities and those who do not.
Watch a special episode of CAUSES TV featuring the CEO of HafenCity Hamburg, Mr. Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg as he discusses Hamburg’s approach to urban sustainability.
On Saturday in late September 2013, the University of the District of Columbia’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) celebrated the launch of a neighborhood-sized aquaponics facility located in the southeastern quadrant of Washington, D.C. The project is the result of a collaborative effort between CAUSES and ReGeneration House of Praise Church. The ribbon-cutting was attended by representatives from USDA, the D.C. Government, UDC and the community. The new aquaponics facility, funded by a Wells Fargo grant, will enable the church to raise fish and grow fresh food using cutting-edge technology.
Keep up with UDC's sustainability transformation with our newly revised map of the Van Ness Campus. The map contains information on capital projects, efficiency practices, sustainability research facilities, transportation options, and environmental impact indicators. Click here for a PDF copy of the map. For more information about the Van Ness Campus Sustainability Map or to request paper copies, contact Dr. Dwane Jones (email@example.com).
Shanika White (BS Arch '11) talks about how her UDC education prepared her for her green job. As a Project Assistant with the DC Sustainable Energy Utility, Ms. White has firmly established a career path within the new green economy in the nation's capital.
UDC leads in the formation of the District of Columbia Mayor's College and University Sustainability Pledge
UDC recent led a group of nine District-based universities and colleges in a collective effort to support Sustainable DC. The District of Columbia Mayor's College and University Sustainability Pledge (CUSP) was designed to be meaningful yet flexible commitment intended to produce tangible benefits for DC's local environment and community. Signatory institutions choose from a menu of performance areas in which to take action, such as energy, water, waste, green education and training, and jobs and community development. Using the DC CUSP as a standard, the colleges and universities in the District of Columbia are collectively committed to making Washington, DC the Greenest College Town in America. To view a full version of the signed CUSP click here. To view a list of UDC's initial commitments, click here.